The patient/provider interaction is the focal point around which the health industry is built. Therefore, it is very important for health care providers to keep current on the best science and clinical studies to provide excellent care in the exam room.
However, given the complexity of today’s treatments and the increasing numbers of patients with chronic diseases, success in the exam room is necessary but not sufficient to provide outstanding care. Since health care providers work within teams, often within larger organizations, additional knowledge and skills are also necessary. Serving as the focal point of medical care places many demands on health providers’ time and arguably makes their time the most valuable resource in a medical organization. The continuing education meeting remains an important way for health care providers to learn.
Education leaders who arrange continuing education sessions thus have an important responsibility. They need to balance the needs of the attendees with those of the sponsoring organization. It is challenging to select and sponsor meetings that are valuable to both the attendees and the sponsoring organization. This is particularly true for medical staff meetings that are attended by a variety of health care providers with varied training, interests and jobs.
Continuing Education Presentations
My continuing education presentations are designed with three goals in mind:
- To improve the recommendations of providers to patients
- To improve the health of those in attendance
- To provide recommendations to improve systems of care
My presentations weave together important information and concepts from biologic and clinical science, quality improvement, sustainability and change in complex systems. I focus on the secondary prevention of significant chronic conditions that account for up to 80% of our health care costs.
My presentations reflect my passionate belief that skillful approaches to primary and secondary prevention can lead to rewarding and successful care both in the exam room and the organization.
Trained as a chemical engineer with board certification in Family Medicine, I practiced medicine for over 30 years in a large multispecialty organization. Further, I qualified as a Certified Physician Executive and am certified in quality improvement by the Health Care Delivery Research Institute at Intermountain Health Care. My broad training and experience allows me to bring a unique and valuable perspective to my presentations. They can be particularly useful in jumpstarting further discussions leading to remarkable improvements in patient care.
My presentations reflect my passionate belief that skillful approaches to primary and secondary prevention can lead to rewarding and successful care both in the exam room and the organization. I can tailor my presentations for audiences with varied backgrounds and interests (e.g. grand rounds, medical staff meetings) or less varied backgrounds and more focused interests (e.g. national specialty meetings, department meetings).