Mount Nittany Medical Center to host Family Medicine Seminar Series

University Park, Pa. -- The Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College have teamed up to present the 2009 Family Medicine Seminar Series. The monthly seminars feature a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. All presentations will be held in the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

The Mount Nittany Medical Center is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This educational activity has been designated for a maximum of five AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity. Each educational activity also has been approved for 1.2 continuing education hours. Mount Nittany Medical Center is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and accredited by the Joint Commission.

This program is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurses and ancillary staff who are involved in patient care. Advance registration is required. To register, contact Jessica Bird at jbird@mountnittany.org, call 814-234-6738 or fax 814-234-6100.

This year's remaining presentations include:

Aug. 20: "HPV: Up Close and Personal" with Serdar Ural, director of the division of maternal fetal medicine, medical director of the labor and delivery suite, and associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and radiology at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. At the completion of this program participants should be able to identify proper diagnosis of human papillomavirus (HPV), list the effects of HPV, and review management of HPV.

Sept. 17: "Primary and Secondary Prevention of Osteoporosis" with Dr. Thomas Harrington, assistant director of the Department of Rheumatology at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. At the completion of this program, participants should be able to recognize the key laboratory tests needed in evaluating patients with Osteoporosis, describe the role of bone mineral density studies in following patients with Osteoporosis, and review best medication practices for patients with the disease.

 Oct. 15: "Identifying and Managing Treatment-Resistant Depression: An Overview" with Dr. Timothy Derstine of SunPointe Health in State College, Pa. At the completion of this program, participants should be able to identify Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), when MDD becomes treatment-resistant and recognize the difference between Treatment-Resistant Depression and Treatment Refractory Depression, describe two treatments that could be added to your practice to aid in treating patients with MDD, and identify the common side-effects/risks of treatments for MDD and strategies for managing them.

Nov. 19: "Early Signs of Autism, the First Three Years" presented by Rebecca Landa, director of the center for autism and related disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and associate professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. At the completion of this program, participants should be able to list three behavioral features of autism in toddlers, describe two developmental trajectories associated with autism in the first three years of life, and name an autism screening tool that can be used with toddlers.

Last Updated August 20, 2009