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Conference Schedule 2023
Day 1 - Previously Recorded
Kids and Media – Why You Should Be Concerned (1.5 CME/CE Credits)
Children and adolescents now spend more than 5-7 hours a day with a variety of different media. How does that affect their attitudes and behavior, and what can health professionals do about it? This talk will discuss the latest research in the field on the impact of media on babies, children, and adolescents, illustrated with abundant examples of both pro-social and potentially harmful media. In addition, a brief section will involve media training for health professionals about health-related issues important to them – how to talk to newspaper reporters, radio interviewers, and appear on TV. Topic areas will include media violence, cyberbullying, substance abuse, sex and sexuality, sexting, and the importance of the Internet, social networking, and cell phones
(Trainer, Vic Strasburger, MD, is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, authors of 14 books and nearly 200 journal articles and book chapters on the subjects of Children & Media and Adolescent Medicine. He has authored or co-authored many of the AAP’s policy statements on children and media and has appeared frequently in the national media, including “Oprah,” the “Today” show, and on NPR. His newest book is entitled, The Death of Childhood: Reinventing the Joy of Growing Up (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2020).)
Implicit Bias: Reducing Barriers and Disparities in Delivery of Health and Mental Health Services (1 CME/ CE Credit)
Numerous studies have shown the impact that various forms of bias can have on the delivery of care. For example, the concerns of women who present for treatment are more often ignored than those of men who present for treatment. And, the concerns of Black women, in particular, are ignored at their peril. This class explores the role of implicit and explicit bias in defining the systems that provide care in America. This course also includes strategies for individual professionals, and professionals in collaboration, to use in order to reduce disparities in access to and delivery of physical and mental health care services. This course meets the “Implicit Bias Training” requirements outlined under Michigan State Public Health Code.
(Trainer, Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W., Principal Consultant with Krase Consultant, is an expert on the legal and ethical implications of professional practice. She has authored multiple books and articles on the subject. She has years of experience consulting with government and community based organizations to develop policy & practice standards.)
Medical, Legal, Toxicological, and Regulatory Aspects of Controlled Substances (4 CME/CE Credit)
This new webinar is designed to comprehensively review and update established capabilities, address existing limitations, delve into current controversies, and shed light on emerging issues at the intersection of medicine, toxicology, law, and regulation in the world of controlled substances. We will delve into a wide range of topics, including the utilization of toxicological data, analytical methods, alcohol investigations, and the crucial roles of experts in both investigations and legal proceedings. Participants will gain valuable insights through a thorough review of commonly abused substances such as opioids, stimulants, depressants, cannabinoids, hallucinogens, and more.
(Trainer, Jack Snyder, MD, JD, PHD, is a physician-attorney-scientist-executive with more than 35 years of clinical, research, and administrative experience in academic, governmental, and industrial sectors of biomedicine. He has served as chief medical officer (CMO), as medical review officer (MRO), and as medical examiner (ME); taught law, medicine, regulatory science, and forensic science at Thomas Jefferson, George Washington & Johns Hopkins Universities. For over 15 years, Dr. Snyder has evaluated and developed new business partnerships, authored and reviewed non-clinical, clinical, and regulatory documents, monitored & designed clinical trials, developed regulatory strategies, and trained clinical research professionals in many areas of medicine. Dr. Snyder has authored & edited textbooks and more than 125 manuscripts in medical, legal, and scientific publications; and presented hundreds of papers at national & international meetings. Dr. Snyder is a Past President of the American College of Legal Medicine.)
3D Problem Solving: Initial Assessment of Dyspneic Patient (3 CME/CE Credits)
As an emergency medicine physician, the ability to swiftly decipher a patient's presenting complaints and conduct an initial physical examination is a crucial skill. However, some life-threatening issues may not be immediately apparent, leading to potential mortality and morbidity. For instance, during the Covid pandemic, anxiety was often misdiagnosed as the cause of dyspnea, failing to address the underlying problem of respiratory distress. By decoding the patient's complaint and carefully observing their physical presentation, a rapid differential diagnosis can be achieved. Equally important is the timely and appropriate implementation of interventions to address the underlying issue. Join this engaging class to enhance your problem-solving skills in the initial assessment of dyspneic patients, earning 3 CME/CE credits while gaining valuable insights into decoding complex medical presentations and providing effective and efficient care.
(Trainer, Ellen Wesley, DO, is a career full time Emergency Department physician practicing in Illinois. Dr. Wesley seeks to make her patient's lives easier by educating and empowering them. Outside of her career in medicine, Dr. Wesley brings laughter to others through standup comedy, a passion that she discovered a number of years ago. Dr. Wesley says ”I have a unique perspective or two… My perspective on problem-solving is somewhat unique due to my personal neurological circuitry, which encompasses both ADD and Dyslexia”. Dr. Wesley points out that these conditions provide insights into the different ways individuals perceive and solve problems. In fact, Stanford University once had a think tank that intentionally included dyslexic individuals to overcome impasses in their problem-solving process. Her three-dimensional problem-solving approach offers a fresh perspective, allowing for alternative views and innovative solutions.)
Day 2 – Previously Recorded
The Opioid Overdose Crisis: How we Got Here and What Can be Done (1 CME/CE Credit)
The drug overdose death rate in the US continues to climb. How did we get here and what can be done? Dan Morhaim, M.D. brings his unique perspective as an ER doctor and Maryland state legislator to this compelling topic. Using source material, he will show the policy decisions made in governments and board rooms that contributed to this ongoing crisis. Based on that, he'll offer evidence-based policies to help us dig our way out.
(Trainer, Dan Morhaim, MD, brings a unique background as an Emergency Medicine physician for 40 years and as a Maryland State Legislator for 24 years from 1995-2019). Dr. Morhaim served on the faculty of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for 16 years, and has worked as a healthcare consultant. He is the author of articles for medical journals and general media. His 2020 book published by Johns Hopkins Press, is “Preparing for A Better End: Expert Lessons on Death and Dying for You and Your Loved Ones”.)
Survival of the Fit: How Physical Education Ensures Academic Achievement and a Healthy Life (1 CME/CE Credit)
America is facing a health crisis of epidemic proportions. By failing to meet basic standards of physical fitness our children are growing increasingly sick. This affects not only their lifespan but also the quality of that limited life—yet no one is taking action. Thirty percent of American kids are overweight with twenty percent meeting the criteria for obesity. Twenty-five percent of these kids have diabetes or prediabetes and this will be the first generation in history who will have a shorter lifespan than the previous. And these kids will not simply die at a younger age like cigarette smokers—they have symptoms now. If obesity was an infectious disease like the flu, it would be front page news, with people wearing surgical masks and carrying pump bottles of Purell.
Lack of fitness affects not just health, but everything about our kids lives. Depression, stress, and anxiety are at record levels. Additionally, study after study shows poor fitness affects ability to learn and has a huge effect on school performance. We know without a doubt that a child who is not physically active is not assimilating information or thinking to their full potential. In other words, there will not be better math scores until we have better health scores. You cannot have a STEM genius without fitness: there is a balance that needs to be struck between nerd and jock.
(Trainer, Daniel Fulham O’Neill, MD, EdD is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon as well as a Sport Psychologist and the author of numerous articles in scholarly journals and mass market publications. He is the author of Survival of the Fit: How Physical Education ensures Academic Achievement and a Healthy Life (2021 Teachers College Press).)
Integrative Psychopharmacology to Enhance Mental Health Care
This comprehensive course bridges the gap between pharmacological interventions and the psychological aspects of mental health care, providing participants with a solid foundation in the principles of psychopharmacology, medication management, and the latest advancements in the field. By integrating various disciplines, this course offers a well-rounded and evidence-based approach to understanding psychotropic medications and their effects on clients.
Participants will engage in case studies, and group discussions to facilitate a deeper understanding of psychopharmacological treatments and their role in clinical practice. The curriculum covers various topics, such as the neurobiology of mental disorders, medication mechanisms, potential side effects, and appropriate dosages. In addition, this presentation emphasizes the importance of a collaborative approach between mental health professionals and prescribers, fostering effective communication and teamwork to optimize patient care. By equipping participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the complexities of psychopharmacology, this course empowers professionals to provide more informed and holistic care to their clients.
(Trainer, Dr. Tamara I. Thorn is a Certified Physicianrde Assistant and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Psychiatry, is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW, DCSW, BCD), and substance abuse counselor (CAADC, MATS). Dr. Thorn has more than twenty years of experience in the health and mental health professions. Dr. Thorn is the owner and director of ACES (Assessment, Continuing Education, Clinical Supervision). Dr. Thorn also holds membership in many professional and community services organizations, such as The Links, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Rotary Club, and The Junior League-Savannah.)
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