Friday, November 12, 2010 12:30 -1:30 pm EST
“Parkinson's Disease: Delivering a Diagnosis with a Dose of Hope”
Dr. Lawrence Elmer, M.D., Ph.D. Jacobson Center for Clinical and Translational Research
University of Toledo Medical Center

The first steps you take after diagnosing a serious illness like Parkinson’s disease (PD) not only will establish how patients deal with this new reality, but will also affect your relationship with your patients as you guide them through the early stages of the disease. 

PD is typically diagnosed in largely healthy patients, and the diagnosis itself may initially have a greater impact than the disease. Because of its slow progression, many patients are first seen in primary care and it is up to the non-specialist to establish a diagnosis or refer on to a neurologist.

Dr. Elmer’s background as a clinical neurologist and PD researcher has provided him with extensive experience in treating PD patients in all stages. Dr. Elmer frequently works with televised media news programs to educate the public on symptoms and treatments for PD and has a particular interest in early Parkinson’s disease.

Giving accurate information and anticipating patient’s questions at the outset can help set a positive tone for the ongoing care relationship. Participants in this seminar will hear about options on how to deliver a diagnosis of Parkinson’s and address initial patient concerns.

Objectives
Participants in this webinar will be able to:
1) Understand, anticipate, and respond to common patient reactions to a diagnosis of PD
2) Discuss current issues in the pathophysiology of PD
3) Review the rationale for polypharmacy approaches to PD
4) Describe promising approaches to long-term management of PD

Click Here to Register for this Event

Technical Requirements:
Participants registering for programs should have access to the following technology for best viewing and participation:

  • personal computer with Macintosh or Windows
  • broadband Internet connections such as office LAN, DSL or cable modem
  • phone next to personal computer
  • computer speakers (built in or attached)
  • latest version of Adobe Flash which can be downloaded for free at http://www.adobe.com/

Accreditation:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine and the Georgia Statewide Area Health Education Centers.  The Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

Designation:
The Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Posted: 10/20/2010 1:28:09 PM by Cathy Whitlock


The past few years have seen major changes in our understanding of the PD disease process and its optimal management, with emergence of new therapies, potential biomarkers, strides in PD genetics, and a growing drive to test neuroprotective and diseasemodifying strategies. It is important that physicians dealing with individuals with PD are aware of these new data, and moreover, can assimilate them in a critical and productive fashion. We have therefore decided to focus upon presentations and discussions addressing the following specific needs:

1. How to improve short- and long- term disease course by incorporating recent advances in treatment into a logical and datadriven therapeutic strategy.

2. Given a growing emphasis on earlier treatment, how to improve accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis, and how enhanced recognition of motor and non motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease may contribute to improved patient outcomes.

3. To gain familiarity with concepts of neuroprotection and disease modification, examining data from pre-clinical and clinical studies   
 
When:
Saturday, October 23, 2010 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM Eastern Time

Where:
Weill Auditorium
Weill Cornell Medical College
1300 York Avenue (at 69th Street)
Second Floor Room C-200
New York, NY 10065

Fee:
Residents, Fellows
Full Day Conference Complimentary
 
PAs, NPs
Full Day Conference $25.00
 
Physicians
Full Day Conference $100.00 

Agenda:
8:00 AM: Course Agenda: Symposium Agenda

2:00 PM-3:15 PM: Workshop I: Botulinum toxin injections in the treatment of movement disorders: A case based approach   

2:00 PM-3:15 PM: Workshop II: Video rounds: Unusual cases in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders   

2:00 PM-3:15 PM Workshop III: Treating mood and cognition in movement disorders
 
RSVP online by Thursday, October 21, 2010; walk-ins accepted day of the symposium.

Please click here for more information or to register online.

Posted: 10/19/2010 12:20:33 PM by Cathy Whitlock


"Sexuality in Parkinson's Disease: Dynamic and Unpredictable"
Gila Bronner, MPH, MSW, Sheba Medical Center, Israel
Friday, October 15, 2010 12:30-1:30pm ET

Relationships are crucial in Parkinson's Disease (PD).  Spouses are typically the primary caregivers, and maintaining a positive relationship in the midst of all the stress associated with coping with the disease can be challenging. Gila Bronner has established a world-wide reputation for understanding and assisting couples with managing this stress, in part through maintaining healthy sexual relationships. Bronner's approach includes but extends beyond the psychological barriers, as PD symptoms can affect emotional connections, sexual function, and sexual satisfaction.  Inquiry about sexual functioning is often overlooked by primary care physicians due to time constraints, confusion about sexual conversation, and lack of proper training.

Objectives:
Participants in this webinar will:
1.  understand the nature of sexual dysfunction in people with PD and their partners.
2.  be empowered to address sexual problems in PD.
3.  encounter tools to overcome common barriers to open sexual communication.
4.  be able to choose their own level of addressing sexual health issues.

REGISTRATION:
Preregistration is required to attend this event via the Internet. Please register here.

Technology Requirements:
Participants registering for programs should have access to the following technology for best viewing and participation:
• Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
• Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
• Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
• Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
• Latest version of Adobe Flash which can be downloaded for free at http://www.adobe.com/

Accreditation:
This activity has been planned in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine and the Statewide Area Health Education Centers Network.   The Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation:
The Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 

Posted: 10/7/2010 6:13:40 AM by Cathy Whitlock


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