College of Health Sciences

West Chester University

Dr. Linda Adams, Dean
Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383

Health Professional Track
(Sykes Student Union)

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Understanding the Journey of Late Life

Dennis McCullough, MD
Family Physician and Geriatrician, Faculty- Department of Community and Family Medicine
Dartmouth Medical School
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Orienting ourselves, our families and friends, and our care providers to the aging journey is the basis for better health and health care decisions. The landmarks for this journey extend beyond our changing physical states to important emotional, social, psychological and spiritual dimensions. Both geriatric knowledge (diseases and conditions common to aging) and gerontology (the broader study of aging in society) inform this journey.

Dennis McCullough, M.D., has been an "in-the-trenches" family physician and geriatrician for 30 years. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, and serves as a faculty member in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. He is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and the American Medical Directors Association, as well as the coauthor of The Little Black Book of Geriatrics."

Forever Fit; Exercise Across the Aging Continuum

Kristen Wilson, PT, DPT, GCS, NDT Trained
Owner, Action Potential Physical Therapy
Glen Mills, PA
Adjunct Faculty, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Neumann University, Aston PA
9:05 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.

This presentation will review the physiological changes of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and cardiopulmonary systems that occur during the aging process. Following this review is a highlight of decade-specific pathologies including mechanism, prevention, and evidence-based treatment principles. Lastly, tips for discerning when skilled intervention is necessary prior to the initiation of an exercise program will be reviewed.

Kristen Wilson graduated with a Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College followed by a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University. Dr. Wilson began her therapy career at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital treating clients with various neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. She quickly developed a passion for treating clients with neurological dysfunction, prompting her to pursue an advanced certification in Neuro-Developmental Technique, a hands-on technique for the treatment of individuals with hemiplegia. Fulfilling her love of geriatrics, Kristen became an American Physical Therapy Association Geriatric Certified Specialist in 2009.

BREAK - 9:55 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.    

Why Your Genes are Not Necessarily Your Destiny: The emerging research on lifestyle and epigenetic changes

Bettina Herbert, MD, FAAPMR
Director, Integrative Pain Management Program
Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
10:30 a.m. - 11: 35 a.m.

Lifestyle choices in nutrition, environment and managing stress can influence the regulation of genes and their function without modification of the genetic code. There is ample evidence for lifestyle effects on epigenetic control of how the genome interacts with, and responds to, the environment. This emerging paradigm shift offers everyone more options in determining health and disease patterns.

Dr. Herbert is a leading fellowship-trained integrative medicine physician who combines appropriate therapies from functional medicine, nutrition, botanical medicine with her extensive skills in osteopathic medicine, movement and her board certification in rehabilitative medicine. A graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Herbert received her medical training at Michigan State University where she attained her MD while simultaneously studying manipulation at the College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also completed the highly regarded Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Arizona as a Bravewell Fellow, a rare honor. She treats people with chronic pain, and also a wide range of chronic conditions, as well as those seeking to optimize their health and performance.

Employing Stress Management Techniques in Clinical Practice

Christine Moriconi, Psy.D, ACNS-BC, RN, MA, LMFT
Assistant Professor, West Chester University
11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This workshop will address an overview of stress in the work place as it is experienced on the spectrum of high performance to burn out. Participants are invited to define clinical stress and its affect in them workplace from a professional perspective using a questionnaire and discussion format. Research concerning mindfulness and management of burn out or compassion fatigue will be reviewed. Experiential exercises focusing on the formal and informal application of mindfulness in stress management will be presented.

LUNCH - 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.   

Slow Medicine for Practitioners

Dennis McCullough, MD
Family Physician and Geriatrician, Faculty- Department of Community and Family Medicine
Dartmouth Medical School
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Is it possible for health care practitioners to shift their styles of practice to better care for the chronically ill and frail? How do we set the stage in our work with all elders to be better attuned to their needs? Recall that the knowledge, skills and attitudes, which make for the way we care for children evolved over just the past half century.

Continuing Education Designation Statements:

The College of Health Sciences at West Chester University of Pennsylvania designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.  Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the in the activity. The College of Health Sciences at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dietetic CE Statement:
This continuing education activity has been approved for 4.75 CE's by the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association Foundation.

NCHEC Designation Statement:
Sponsored by West Chester University and the College of Health Sciences, as designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the national Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., this program has been approved by the Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) to receive up to 5 Category I contact hours in health education.

Nursing CE Statement:
This continuing nursing education activityhas been approved by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation for 4.7 hours.