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Distance Learning: Communication in Health Care (CURE Activity)

SOWEGA-AHEC, in partnership with Tift Regional Medical Center and the UGA College of Pharmacy, has developed CE/CME/ACPE opportunities for healthcare professionals. CURE Activities are presented by experienced practitioners who share cutting edge educational content.

Those interested in watching without receiving CE/CME/ACPE, the programs are FREE. Attendees requesting CE/CME/ACPE, must complete an evaluation and pay a nominal fee.

Sponsor: Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center (SOWEGA AHEC)

Galen Perdikis, MD, FACS
Associate Dean, Mayo School of Health Sciences College of Medicine
Associate Professor & Chair of Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
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Session Description:
Dr. Galen Perdikis, MD, FACS shares the importance of the development of personal and professional “one on one” communication skills demonstrated by means of reflective listening and the use of PEARLS (partnerships, empathy, apology, respect, legitimization, and support). Every practitioner can sharpen his/her skills in communicating with individual patients, their families, and other healthcare practitioners by putting into action the use of cultural diversity knowledge, team communication, SBAR (situation, background, assessment, recommendations) and “Stopping the Line” implementation in the healthcare setting.

Session Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Discuss the important role of communication related to error prevention, time management skills and management of frustrations.
  2. Discuss one to one communication related to cultural issues, interpersonal communication skills, and communicating critical information.

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Credits Available Until: 05.16.12

About Galen Perdikis, MD, FACS
Dr. Galen Perdikis is an Associate Dean for the Mayo School of Health Sciences College of Medicine. He also serves as an Associate Professor and Chair of Plastic Surgery with the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Dr. Perdikis obtained his medical school degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his general surgery internship and residency with Creighton University School of Medicine and his fellowship in plastic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Perdikis holds board certification from the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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Continuing Education:
This internet activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) through joint sponsorship of Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) and SOWEGA-AHEC. TRMC is accredited by MAG to offer continuing medical education to physicians. TRMC designates this internet activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

SOWEGA-AHEC is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing COA.

This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours. Activity # 2011-05B

Technology Requirements:
Participants registering for programs should have access to the following technology for best viewing and participation:

  • Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
  • Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
  • Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
  • Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
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