LIMA — Hot topics and in-depth education will be tackled at the second annual pediatric collaborative colloquium Saturday at St. Rita’s Medical Center.
The day is a continuing education opportunity for medical professionals in the region, said Dr. Mark Winerman, a Lima pediatrician and director of Lima Area Medical Education Development.
The event is possible because of St. Rita’s partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. All of the speakers that day are pediatric specialists from Nationwide, and the topics include downsizing in pediatric surgery, sleep disorders in children, the latest in infectious disease and management of pediatric vesicoureteral reflux, a urinary tract disorder.
“It’s kind of the top off for the year. It’s our annual piece of continued collaboration with education,” Winerman said.
The colloquium runs from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Rita’s Medical Center Auxiliary Conference Center, 730 W. Market St. The event is $15 and includes a full breakfast. For additional information and registration forms, visit www.lamed-lima.org.
The session is aimed at physicians, nurse practitioners, school nurses and other medical and health professionals who routinely work with children, Winerman said.
LAMED was resurveyed by the Ohio State Medical Association in February and awarded accreditation with commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians. Six-year accreditation is the highest accreditation awarded by the association.
LAMED provides organized continuing medical education program for medical staff and other health care professionals in the region, Winerman said. The group makes it possible for professionals to receive that training in the region, without travel, and at a low cost.
“This includes a maximum of four American Medical Association credits for continuing education and licensure, and it’s only $15. You can’t beat that,” Winerman said.
St. Rita’s and Nationwide have a partnership that allows doctors in Lima to collaborate with those in Columbus using telemedicine. The high resolution video allows consultation from specialists in Columbus. Also, doctors from Nationwide have outreach office hours in Lima, so some patients and families don’t have to travel to Columbus.