Pre-Conference Seminar Prepares Medical Professionals to Recognize, Treat Early Signs

 iaedp Foundation Provides First-Time CME Offering Before the 2011 Symposium in Phoenix, March 3 – 6

 PHOENIX (January 18, 2011) – According to a 2010 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), most physicians will see patients with eating disorders, which is why the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) is introducing a CME pre-conference seminar on March 2 titled “Eating Disorders: Physicians in the Trenches, Mobilizing Resources for Effective Treatment.”  The six-hour program provides useful, practical training for medical professionals who do not specialize in eating disorders, but are often the first medical professional to see the signs and symptoms that their patients are suffering with disordered eating. 

            During their careers, many medical professionals come across patients struggling with eating disorders and related problems. Since patients are more likely to recover when disordered eating is detected and treated early, the iaedp Symposium pre-conference seminar is specifically designed to teach psychiatrists, primary care physicians, residents, medical students, nurses and insurance providers how to recognize, evaluate and mobilize the resources needed to treat patients with eating disorders across the spectrum of ages, scenarios and with varying degrees of malnutrition and medicalcomorbidity and necessity. 

 The curriculum for the seminar stems from over two years of collaborative work by the iaedp physician task force, who also will lead the 2011 pre-conference program. Members of the iaedp physician task force are: Dr. Emmett R. Bishop, Jr., Dr. Jennifer Guadiani, Dr. Pauline Powers, Dr. Diane Mickley, Dr. Kim McCallum and Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, who all share concern about the lack of preparation for identifying, diagnosing and treating eating disorders physicians receive in their formal education and training. Their goal was to design a program to meet the needs of medical professionals who serve as the crucial entry point to the medical system – and road to recovery – for patients. 

Each of the task force members hold academic appointments at universities, in addition to being involved in daily patient care. Their combined expertise offers unmatched training for attendees.  For more information about the pre-conference seminar, go to http://iaedp.confex.com/iaedp/2011/webprogram/Session1783.html

For information on the conference go to http://www.iaedp.com/coming%20soon.htm

About iaedp:

Since 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation has provided education and training standards to an international and multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions.

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