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September 30 - October 1, 2016 Intravenous Vitamin C – Integrative Therapies
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At the completion of this symposium, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss with patients and their families the current evidence for or against the use of intravenous vitamin C (ascorbate) as an intervention in oncology treatment or sepsis in critical care settings.
  2. Evaluate the expanding scientific evidence for the proposed mechanisms of action of intravenous vitamin C (ascorbate) as an intervention in oncology and sepsis care.
  3. Define methods in administering intravenous vitamin C (ascorbate) safely in clinical care.

Recent in vitro and animal evidence from many laboratories indicates that pharmacologic but not oral ascorbate may have selective cancer killing properties, by action as a prodrug to generate hydrogen peroxide selectively in extracellular fluid (Chen et al. 2008; Levine et al. 2011).

The use of ascorbate in oncology has long been passionately debated (Levine et al. 2009; Creagan et al. 1979).  Notwithstanding the limitations of studies performed in the late 1970’s, the idea of ascorbate as a chemotherapeutic agent seems plausible, stemming from a postulated versatile role in biochemical reactions and its selectivity for abnormal cells (Chen et al. 2005; Chen et al. 2007). Our group has elucidated the disproportionate pharmacokinetic properties between oral and intravenous (pharmacological) vitamin C administration in normal human subjects (Padayatty et al. 2004). 

Intravenous administration of ascorbate achieves 70-fold higher concentration than that achieved by maximum oral consumption in humans (Padayatty et al. 2004; Chen et al. 2008; Levine et al. 2011).  This striking concentration difference seems to be dependent on tightly-regulated mechanisms that maintain serum ascorbate concentrations when ingested orally but not when infused intravenously and intravenous infusion bypassing tight control appears to be critical for its role in oncology.


October 1 - October 2, 2016 Imaging In the Ozarks
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This is a multi-disciplinary radiology course addressing issues in breast, body, emergency, musculoskeletal, neurologic, and nuclear medicine imaging.  This course will include discussion of the most current techniques in each of these specialized imaging areas.
October 8, 2016 Movement Disorder Review Course - Manchester, NH
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Movement disorders have become a defined sub-specialty of neurology. Movement disorders include Parkinson’s disease and parkinsonian syndromes, essential tremor and other tremor disorders, restless legs syndrome, Tourette syndrome, chorea and tic disorders, dystonic disorders, Huntington’s disease and other hyperkinetic disorders.  The course consists of short lectures on various areas of movement disorders, use of videos to demonstrate different conditions and outcomes and questions and answer sessions with the participants to address questions, points of confusion, difficult cases they may be dealing with, etc. Attendees can also  bring video clips of difficult patients to get advice on diagnosis and treatment options from the  faculty during the case presentations section of the course.
October 15, 2016 Neuromuscular Review Course 2016 - Charlottesville, VA
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The Neuromuscular Review Course is presented by leading neurologists specializing in neuromuscular disorders and provides an up to date review of clinical issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular diseases.

October 22, 2016 Movement Disorder Review Course - Green Bay, WI
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Movement disorders have become a defined sub-specialty of neurology. Movement disorders include Parkinson’s disease and parkinsonian syndromes, essential tremor and other tremor disorders, restless legs syndrome, Tourette syndrome, chorea and tic disorders, dystonic disorders, Huntington’s disease and other hyperkinetic disorders.  The course consists of short lectures on various areas of movement disorders, use of videos to demonstrate different conditions and outcomes and questions and answer sessions with the participants to address questions, points of confusion, difficult cases they may be dealing with, etc. Attendees can also  bring video clips of difficult patients to get advice on diagnosis and treatment options from the  faculty during the case presentations section of the course.
October 29, 2016 Neuromuscular Review Course 2016 - New Orleans, LA
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The Neuromuscular Review Course is presented by leading neurologists specializing in neuromuscular disorders and provides an up to date review of clinical issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular diseases.

November 5, 2016 Movement Disorder Review Course - Reno, NV
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Movement disorders have become a defined sub-specialty of neurology. Movement disorders include Parkinson’s disease and parkinsonian syndromes, essential tremor and other tremor disorders, restless legs syndrome, Tourette syndrome, chorea and tic disorders, dystonic disorders, Huntington’s disease and other hyperkinetic disorders.  The course consists of short lectures on various areas of movement disorders, use of videos to demonstrate different conditions and outcomes and questions and answer sessions with the participants to address questions, points of confusion, difficult cases they may be dealing with, etc. Attendees can also  bring video clips of difficult patients to get advice on diagnosis and treatment options from the  faculty during the case presentations section of the course.
November 5, 2016 Neurology Update 2016
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Overview:

Neurology Update is presented by academic-affiliated physicians and provides an up-to-date review of clinical issues related to neuromuscular disease, stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, pain and medical errors.

Target Audience:

This program is designed for neurologists.

November 12, 2016 Neuromuscular Review Course 2016 - Omaha, NE
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The Neuromuscular Review Course is presented by leading neurologists specializing in neuromuscular disorders and provides an up to date review of clinical issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular diseases.

November 18 - November 19, 2016 Pain Management Intensive Course
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Approximately 100 million adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain. The national economic cost associated with chronic pain is estimated to be $560-$635 billion dollars annually compared with heart disease of $432 billion/year and diabetes of $174 billion/year.

To address this problem, the University of Kansas School of Medicine and Hospital in conjunction with Kansas Healthcare Organizations and Associations developed the Kansas Partnership for Chronic Pain Management. The goal of the Kansas Partnership for Chronic Pain is a comprehensive state-wide multi-year collaboration aimed at improving practice performance in managing chronic pain, and ultimately, in helping to curb abuse of opioid drugs.

The program is designed to provide health professions education translatable into practice performance improvement and to build expertise and capacity at the local level.  At the end of the day, the program’s goal is improved chronic pain management for the patient at the primary care practice level in Kansas. 

Three tiers of educational model were developed first a state-wide foundational conference for all health professionals dealing with chronic pain.  This conference served as the foundation for educational initiatives which will include 2 day intensives for primary care practices that will building on/reinforce topics covered at the foundational conference.

Lastly primary care practices will conduct quality/performance improvement projects at the practice level.  KUMC CE/PD and AHEC staff will work with individual practices to help guide them through the QI process beginning with the collection of practice level base-line data on current practices/outcomes of patients dealing with pain and will continue their involvement through implementation of performance improvement strategies and tracking of outcomes.

This is the first of the intensive courses being offered. 



November 19, 2016 Multidisciplinary Oncology Conference
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The University of Kansas Multidisciplinary Cancer Symposium is designed by experts in the field of oncology and aimed towards the educational needs of community physicians and other healthcare providers involved in the multidisciplinary management of patients with colon cancer, breast cancer and melanoma. Controversies and changes in treatment paradigms will be presented through short, practical, up-to-date lectures, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session for each tumor type.  This symposium is designed for medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists, pathologists, primary care physicians, basic scientists, nurses, advance practice nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals.



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