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Northern Light Health, Mass General offer collaborative medical education via video conferencing

Mercy-MGM-Fall-2019-4.jpgWe live in a rapidly developing society and healthcare is no different. Advances in medical knowledge, diagnostic testing, and evaluation are occurring every day. Keeping up with the changes can be daunting, but it also provides opportunity for innovation.
Northern Light Health has teamed up with Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass General) to pilot a collaborative medical education program for Northern Light Primary Care providers.
The pilot will use Zoom® video conferencing to connect with colleagues throughout the system for grand rounds on medical topics of interest to the primary care provider community. Each month, a different clinical condition will be explored though a discussion on complex cases, submitted in advance, and a review and discussion will be led by Mass General and Northern Light Health physicians.
“This collaboration builds on our partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital and expands educational opportunities for our providers while adding to the quality of care for our patients,” comments James W. Jarvis, MD, FAAFP, senior vice president and senior physician executive at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. “The technological enhancements required to make this happen will have uses beyond education, such as telehealth and population care management.”
The workgroup for this effort includes Dr. Jarvis; Steven Berkowitz, MD, FACC, senior vice president and chief physician executive, Northern Light Health; Mike Duffy, MD, senior physician executive and vice president of Medical Affairs, Northern Light Mercy Hospital; Robert Schlager, MD, vice president, senior physician executive, Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital; and Sheena Whittaker, MD, vice president, senior physician executive at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital.
As a member of the workgroup, Dr. Schlager observes, “One of the most important responsibilities of being a provider is not only maintaining and expanding our knowledge through continuing medical education, but also sharing our knowledge and experience with our colleagues. The opportunity to have a systemwide primary care education tool through tele-conferences hosted by Northern Light Health with the collaboration of providers from Mass General Hospital should not be missed by any of us.”
The Collaborative Medical Education Program will be offered on the second Tuesday in November and December from 12:15 – 1 pm. The November 13 conference is titled, “Designing strategies for the most complex Type II Diabetic patients in your practice.” The presenter is Deborah J. Wexler, MD, MSc, clinical director, Mass General Diabetes Center, and associate clinical chief, Mass General Diabetes Unit.
Providers are asked to register in advance so the cases and clinical guidelines can be sent to them prior to the conference. Continuing Medical Education credit has been applied for and is currently pending. Providers who pre-register and complete a post-presentation evaluation may be eligible for one AMA PRA Category 1 credit.

Primary care providers may pre-register by going to the Healthstream catalog.