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UCR Continuing Medical Education Program Includes Innovative New Offerings

CME Program Offers Patient and Disease Mapping Seminar, Physicians’ Well-Being Conference

(March 15, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Riverside’s recent Continuing Medical Education Program (CME) re-accreditation continues a tradition of providing physicians the latest information from basic science to clinical research, on issues of primary care critical to optimum patient care.

Some of this year’s innovative new offerings include:

  • The Health Geographic Information Systems Seminar, March 24 and 25, at the Extension Center, 1200 University Ave. Riverside. The seminar combines the mapping technology of GIS with census and disease data. The technology helps physicians map global disease patterns such as those of SARS and the West Nile Virus. By combining these information systems, physicians can better place health care resources where they are most needed.

  • The 16th Annual Western States Regional Conference on Physicians’ Well Being, May 12 at the Extension Center, 1200 University Ave. Riverside. The conference is co-sponsored by the medical associations of Riverside and San Bernardino counties and educates physicians, members of hospital administrations and governing boards in how to recognize and identify impaired physicians; learn the role of physicians well-being committees; review methods of investigations, interventions, recovery and monitoring; and update attendees on legal issues.

  • Mental Health and the Law, scheduled for May 1 at the Extension Center in Temecula, 27919 Jefferson Ave., is a course focuses on the parameters of the Lanterman Petris Short Act (LPS) and the state Welfare and Institutions Codes relating to the involuntary hospitalization and treatment of people, and the steps leading to the establishment of an LPS conservatorship. The course also looks at “legal capacity” as it relates to medical decision making.

For more information about the classes or to enroll, call (909) 787-4105.

The California Medical Association initially accredited the CME program in 1998, which is jointly managed by UC Riverside’s Division of Biomedical Sciences and UC Riverside Extension. The recent re-accreditation is for two-years, UC Riverside officials said. The program provides continuing medical education through a variety of lectures, primary and clinical workshops, and biomedical research seminars.

CME approved events also include development workshops for faculty and professionals.

The Program Committee heading the CME is co-chaired by John Azzaretto, Dean of UC Riverside Extension and, Vice Chancellor of Public Service And International Programs; and Stewart Shankel, M.D., Director of Clinical Instruction in the Division of Biomedical Sciences. The committee includes CME Coordinator Jennifer Campbell, the Healthcare Program Coordinator at UC Riverside Extension, and CME Coordinator Faye Dawson Brock, CME Coordinator in the Office of Clinical Instruction at the Division of Biomedical Sciences.



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