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PDCS launches new courses

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New courses at PDCS address: FASD,  cardiovascular health and diabetes interventions.

By Terri Yeske

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

The Centre de la Petitie Enfance Premmier Pas, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Best Start, Ontario’s Maternal, Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre have collaborated with Memorial University to bring an important message about alcohol consumption and pregnancy to a national audience of Canadian physicians and health care providers.

Using previously developed materials from Best Start’s “Supporting Change: Preventing and Addressing Alcohol Use in Pregnancy” program, an accredited online course has been developed to deliver the message that no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. The course provides physicians and allied health professionals with the tools necessary to identify women at risk and provide appropriate advice to help women change their drinking behavior.

Diet, Exercise and Healthy Living in Cardiovascular Health

After completing this module, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the link between diet, blood lipids and the risk of heart disease

  2. Illustrate how targeted lifestyle interventions can lead to significant improvements in health

  3. Clarify the differences between "healthy" fats (the mono - and polyunsaturated fats), and "unhealthy" fats (saturated and trans fats)

  4. Identify the challenges facing your patients who are trying to achieve a healthier, more balanced lifestyle

  5. Relate valuable practice pearls, to help you help your patients make meaningful lifestyle changes.

Aggressive Interventions in Diabetes

Aggressive Interventions in Diabetes uses a new problem-based educational tool called the script concordance test (SCT) to assist family physicians in the optimal management of patients with type 2 diabetes. The SCT is designed to probe the “real-world” clinical knowledge of physicians by placing them in written, but real-life, patient situations in which they must interpret the information provided to make clinical decisions.

Two new courses in development

  • Feeding Difficulties in Young Children

  • Infertility and Primary Care

For more information on either of these courses please contact Terri Yeske or call (709) 777-8644.



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