Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Offers a Medical Professional Conference at the 2013 Annual SMA Conference in Anaheim CA. February 5, 2013.
Families of SMA will hold a Continuing Medical Education Conference for Medical Professionals for the second year in a row on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013, prior to the start of the 2013 Annual SMA Conference and the 2013 International SMA Research Group Meeting in Anaheim, California. The Continuing Medical Education Conference is titled “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Defining Your Role”.
This CME Conference for medical professionals is a great step Families of SMA is taking toward broadening our support programs by educating medical providers. The Annual Conferences previously covered two components of SMA, Research and Support. The Research aspect covered scientific, research and clinical updates, while the Support aspect included the family support workshops and family networking.
The new addition provides a third component of Care to the Families of SMA Conferences by educating medical providers on SMA. Families of SMA is thrilled to be partnering up with University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, who are accredited to provide continuing medical education credit for medical professionals. FSMA is also teaming up with surrounding local hospitals in California to further promote this event.
Families of SMA is providing this program in the hopes that it will help medical professionals: - Identify when to refer children with delayed motor milestones for further evaluation. - How to apply best practices to the coordinated care of individuals with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. - Understand and promote care coordination between the community and specialty care for children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
The CME Conference will be a one day event for medical professionals only. The course will focus on the diagnosis of infants and children with neuromuscular weakness, clinical application of care standards to individuals with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and discussion of pathophysiology and therapeutic strategies for intervention. Members of the Families of SMA Medical Advisory Council, as well as Guest Speakers from Institutions across the US, will provide didactic presentations and host panel discussions.
The target audience is medical professionals such as: pediatric neurologists, pediatric rehabilitation medicine specialists, pediatric orthopedic surgeons, pediatricians, physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, nutritionists, social workers, respiratory therapists, residents, fellows and other medical providers.