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The Geriatric Medicine Symposium presentations are now posted here.
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 9-11
Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center
Rehoboth Beach, DE
This program is designed for pediatricians, family medicine physicians,
PAs, APNs, physicians in training, nurses and other allied health professionals. This conference
is designed to convey new perspectives on pediatric infections, pulmonary diseases and newborn
Delaware Academy of Medicine and the Delaware Public Health Association
Wednesday, Sept. 14
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Chase Center on the Riverfront
815 Justison Street
For the last couple of years we have hosted the Delaware Military Medicine Symposium. This year, in support of Suicide Prevention Month, and in honor of our troops, veterans, and their families, the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association is honored to join the Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition, Delaware Air National Guard, Mental Health Association of Delaware, Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs, Delaware of Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and their Families, Delaware Health and Social Services, Rockfood Center, Dover Behavioral Health Center, and Meadow Wood Behavioral Health System for the 2016 Military & Veterans Mental Health Summit.
Christiana Care Health System
Friday, Sept. 16
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
Registration and breakfast 8 a.m.
Conference 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
There is no cost to attend this educational activity.
For more information and to register, click here.
Medical Society of Delaware and Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health
Tuesday, Sept. 20
6 - 8 p.m.
Medical Society of Delaware Conference Center
900 Prides Crossing, Newark, DE (Live Program)
This training session will focus on diabetes risk and approaches to diagnosing, counseling, and referring patients to programs meeting the standards of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Diabetes Prevention Program. After participation in this educational activity, learners will be able to:
- Recognize obesity as a diabetes risk factor, and the DPP as an evidence-based program that reduces diabetes risk
- Discuss the American Medical Association’s (AMA) "Prevent Diabetes STAT" approach to addressing diabetes risk (Screen, Test and Act Today)
- Refer high-risk patients to local diabetes prevention programs
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute Christiana Care Health System
Thursday, Sept. 22
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Program
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
Christiana Hospital Campus
Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the United States. The National Lung Screening Trial demonstrated a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer mortality with 3 rounds of low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening as compared with chest radiology, over a mean follow-up of 6.4 years. Consequently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services now recommend annual CT screening for a risk factor-based subgroup of smokers.
This year's symposium and dinner program will present National Cancer Institute Phase III Trial Results of Lung Cancer Screening and will provide health care professionals with early results of the Delaware Statewide Lung Cancer Screening Program. Christiana Care’s Lung Cancer Screening Program and shared decision making modules for lung screenings will be presented with a panel discussion to follow. Posters on research underway at the Center for Translational Cancer Research will be available for viewing.
Christiana Care Health System
Saturday, Oct. 1
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Virden Retreat at the University of Delaware
700 Pilottown Road
Lewes, Delaware 19958
Delaware is already home to 26,000 people with dementia and the aging of our population makes dementia care an increasingly important objective for health care providers. Optimal care begins with accurate detection, evaluation, and differential diagnosis. Patients, caregivers, and providers must then consider whether to use the medications approved for treating dementia’s cognitive symptoms. The non-cognitive behavioral symptoms such as agitation, aggression, anxiety, apathy, depression, and psychosis appear early in the course of dementia and their effective treatment can delay or prevent the need for more intensive and expensive care. Much of the emotional and financial burden of dementia care is shouldered by unpaid family caregivers, and their support is a key feature of effective dementia care. Before reaching the terminal phase of illness, many important decisions need to be made including plans for end of life care. Advance directive documentation and use of the new DMOST form assist health care providers in discussing end of life care with patients and caregivers.
This course is intended for primary care and behavioral health clinicians including nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists and social workers.
For more information, please click here.
Christiana Care Health System
Friday, Oct. 7
Christiana Care Health System - Continuing Medical Education
4735 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Map 2, Suite 21112
Newark, DE 19713
This conference will offer insights to effective management of obese patients and will look closely at weight loss medications, new medical therapies and surgical options, obesity in pregnancy and childhood, and the management of the post-bariatric surgery patient, especially post-surgical hypoglycemia.
For more information, click here.
Choose Health Delaware
Delaware has formed a consensus-based public/private partnership called the Delaware Center for Health Innovation that brings together senior leaders to introduce tools/resources that will help providers successfully transition to value-based-payment models at no cost. Learn more about DCHI initiatives.
In 1954, JAMA published an article that explored unnecessary and inadequate breast cancer surgery. In those days, surgeons favored more aggressive procedures such as radical mastectomies with removal of a high number of lymph nodes.
During that same era, tonsillectomies were common in children with throat infections. In the six decades since then, we have learned that breast-conserving surgeries with medical management result in better outcomes for patients with early-stage cancer, and tonsillectomies should be reserved for children with more severe, recurrent throat infections (or sleep disorders).
The News Journal
Want to avoid Delaware's most common infectious diseases?
Do three things: Wear condoms, wash your hands and check for ticks.
Infectious or communicable diseases can be spread in a variety of ways such as physical contact, food, bug or animal bites or through the air.
State officials track this data yearly. Most recent data, dated from 2014, shows laboratory-confirmed sexually transmitted diseases and foodborne illnesses were most common. Data from 2015 will be complete in about two months.
Delaware strengthened its arsenal recently in the fight to eradicate Lyme disease.
Gov. Jack Markell (D) signed two bills into law: one allowing state environmental officials to kill ticks that carry the disease and another requiring doctors, nurses and others to learn more about Lyme disease as part of their continuing education.
Sen. Ernie Lopez (R-Lewes), who helped draft the bills, says constituents of his have relayed stories of never testing positive for the disease, but who suffered from it for years.
By Lonny Alfred
The numbers don't lie. Cases of opioid addiction and overdoses have been on the upward bound in the last decade. Just as alarming, more than half of practicing physicians today display signs of burnout, and those rates don't look to be declining anytime soon. Critics think the reason for the rise in both issues stems from the lack of education in today's medical schools around treating pain in patients and physician well-being. Medical schools are now meeting these issues head on.
Family medicine draws more interest among medical students than any other specialty, according to survey data published recently by Medscape.
Students ranked family medicine first in specialty choice in the survey, which was published Aug. 8, and family medicine also fared the best when students were asked to name their least favorite rotation in medical school.
In the next few days, every doctor in the U.S. will be receiving this letter from the U.S. surgeon general.
It's the first time that America's top doctor has reached out to all physicians.
But Dr. Vivek Murthy has an urgent reason: Americans are dying each year by the tens of thousands from overdoses of prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin.
Some of us may be sharing a little too much with our pets.
Sure, people share their dinners with their dogs, and some share their beds, but that kind of closeness generally isn't as much of a major danger to human health as this new kind of closeness uncovered by unsuspecting scientists. There is now scientific evidence that some people may be sharing their pets' medications.
A new survey of U.S. doctors reveals they are frequently discussing electronic cigarettes with patients in a clinical setting. A substantial proportion of physicians also recommend e-cigs to their patients who smoke despite some controversy around the devices.
Over 70 percent of the more than 560 physicians who participated in the written survey indicated that e-cigs can help patients reduce or eliminate smoking, and nearly half said that they believe e-cigs can reduce risk. Physicians are less likely to recommend e-cigs as a way to quit smoking.
Becker's Hospital Review
Although "a comfortable retirement" remains a universal personal financial goal for physicians, many of them are not as prepared as they'd like to be, according to American Medical Association Insurance's 2016 study on physicians' financial preparedness.
From 2013 to 2016, the percentage of practicing physicians who said they are "ahead of schedule" in their retirement plans nearly doubled — from 6 percent to 11 percent, the study found. However, nearly 40 percent of practicing physicians consider themselves "behind" where they'd like to be in saving for retirement.
Most resident and attending internal medicine physicians overestimated both the benefits and harms of common medical tests and treatments, according to findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
These included the prevention of myocardial infarction or stroke with daily aspirin, frequency of biopsy among patients receiving screening mammograms, prevention of hip fracture in patients with osteoporosis using alendronate and prevention of mortality in patients with acute peptic ulcer bleeding using proton pump inhibitors, Mona Krouss, M.D., from the University of Maryland Medical Center, and colleagues reported.
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