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November symposium seeks abstracts; new courses and workshops offered

Aug. 14, 2014

Palliative Care Research and Education Symposium seeks workshop and oral abstracts

Workshops and oral abstracts are sought for the IU Simon Cancer Center’s Mary Margaret Walther Program in Palliative Care Research and Education Symposium on Nov. 17. 

This symposium, "Passages and Promises: Innovations in Palliative Care Research Education and Communication," will focus on research for improving communication among patients, family members and clinicians in the context of cancer and other advanced diseases. Acclaimed authors Gail Sheehy and Mark Nepo will join national palliative care experts Robert Arnold, Amber Barnato, Vicki Jackson and Timothy Quill. There also will be oral abstract presentations and workshops exploring the latest innovations in care for those at end

Oral abstracts will be accepted in the categories of interprofessional and team communication, transitions in care (e.g., from curative to palliative care), shared decision making, and communication with patients and family members.

The goals of the workshop sessions are to highlight new skills or approaches to improving communication and relationships with patients considering or receiving palliative care, family members and caregivers; provide an opportunity for participants to explore and raise awareness of relevant or controversial topics in the field of palliative care; and evaluate new findings or methods in palliative care research, education and practice.

Oral abstracts should be for 15 minute presentations, including time for questions. Workshops should be 75 minutes in length.

Complete submission guidelines are online. Abstracts are due Monday, Sept. 1. To submit an application, email Mary Lynn Hoffmann at hoffmaml@iu.edu

New Wilderness Trauma Life Support course at Bradford Woods

Bradford Woods, IU's Outdoor Center in Martinsville, Ind., will offer a new Wilderness Trauma Life Support course this fall for doctors, nurses, medics, EMTs and other medical professionals.

Wilderness Trauma Course

The Wilderness Trauma Life Support course will focus on providing care to patients in backcountry, remote or other primitive settings where advanced care is more than an hour away.

The course, which will take place from 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, will be taught by Frank Hubbell, M.D., the founder of SOLO Wilderness Medicine and one of the pioneers of wilderness medicine in the U.S.

The course will focus on providing care to patients in backcountry, remote or other primitive settings where advanced care is more than an hour away. Each unit of the course will be hands-on in nature, with sessions on patient assessment, trauma, environmental emergencies and other topics immediately followed by hands-on scenarios in which participants will get a chance to practice skills learned.

The total cost is $500, which includes breakfast and lunch each day, the instruction and CME credits by the IU School of Medicine.

Located on 2,500 wooded acres, Bradford Woods is an auxiliary unit of the IU Bloomington School of Public Health. In partnership with the Riley Children's Foundation and other organizations, Bradford Woods has hosted medically-specific summer camps for children with chronic illness or disability since 1955. 

For more information about the course, or to register, please contact Tim Street, associate director, at tstreet@indiana.edu or 765-342-2915. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) by the IU School of Medicine.

Research Boot Camp -- Sept. 8 to Oct. 9

The IUSM Department of Emergency Medicine will host an eight session Research Boot Camp in which attendees will receive the tools necessary to conduct quality research.

The event will start on September 8 and conclude on October 9. The locations for the individual events can be found on the department website.

IUEM’s Research Boot Camp will consist of several workshops, individual exercises, and individual meetings. Participants will gain factual knowledge in many areas of research. Individual topics include but are not limited to, performing a structured literature search, understanding the basic components of a strong hypothesis and diagnostic accuracy, identify the major types of studies design, and understanding the role of peer-review and the IRB review process.

Participants will work with members of the Department of Emergency Medicine Research Faculty. Many of the workshops will be lead by Alice Mitchell, MD, assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine.

Dr. Mitchell earned her medical doctorate and masters of science in chemistry from the University of Utah. She completed her residency and fellowship in emergency medicine and emergency medicine research at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Dr. Mitchell joined the IUSM faculty in 2012 and her current research focus is acute kidney injury, specifically contrast-induced nephropathy.

IUEM’s Research Boot Camp is open to all faculty, postdocs, fellows and learners throughout the IUSM and IUPUI communities. If you would like to learn more about the event, visit the event website or contact iue.

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