Interdisciplinary Care of the Patient With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - November 23, 2019

Care of the individual with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) requires an interdisciplinary effort. This conference will be centered around Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and the specific needs associated with individuals with this condition. This conference will appeal to professionals in the areas of primary care, neurology, psychiatry, psychological services, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and potentially other healthcare disciplines
When Nov 23, 2019
from 07:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Where UofL ShelbyHurst Campus Founders Union Building 450 N. Whittington Pkwy. Louisville, Ky. 40222
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502-852-3285
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Target Audience

RN’s, Nurse Practitioners, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers, psychologists.

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7:30 am
Registration and Breakfast

8:00-8:45 am
Overview of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Martin Brown, MD

8:45-9:15 am
Social Work and Patient Care Services in the ALS Clinic

Dana White, MSSW, CCM and Patricia Peak

9:15-9:45 am
Speech Therapy Care in ALS
Esther Volmer, MS, CCC-SLP

9:45–10:00 am
Break and Visit Exhibitors

10:00-10:30 am
Physical Therapy Care in ALS
Kathy Paper, PT, MSPT

10:30–11:00 am
Occupational Therapy in ALS
Sarah Bullock, OTR/L, MS

11:00-11:30 am
Respiratory Therapy Care in ALS
Peggy Cox, RN, RRT

11:30 am-12:00 pm
Panel Discussion

12:00–12:30 pm
Lunch and Visit Exhibitors

12:30-1:30 pm
ALS Research Update
Suma Babu, MBBS, MPH

1:30-3:30 pm
Case Presentations
OT, PT, ST, RT, Psychology, MD, and APRN

3:45-5:00 pm
Case Presentation Synopsis
Large Group

5:00 pm

Course Director
 Martin E. Brown, M.D., M.Sc.

Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology
Co-Director, Division of Neuromuscular Medicine
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY

Participating Faculty
Suma Babu, MBBS, MPH
ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Peggy Cox, RN, RRT
Clinical Supervisor, Pulmonary Rehab
Frazier Rehab Institute
Louisville, KY

Kathy Paper, PT, MSPT
Physical Therapist
Frazier Rehab Institute
Louisville, KY

Patricia Peak

Director of Care Services, ALS Association Kentucky Chapter
Louisville, KY

Esther Volmer, MS, CCC-SLP    
Speech Language Pathologist
Norton Helathcare
Louisville, KY

Dana White, MSSW, CCM
Social Work and Patient Care Services in the ALS Clinic
Louisville, KY

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this activity, the participants should be able to:

1. Implement patient-centered and collaborative decision-making in patients with ALS.
2. Recommend or complete appropriate provision of oral care for patients with ALS with dysphagia.
3. Recommend and discuss options in the provision of assistive devices and home adaptations for patients with ALS.
4. Recommend various ventilation options and educate patients in ventilation options.

Continuing Education Credit
The University of Louisville School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit
- The University of Louisville Continuing Medical Education office designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse - This program has been approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing for 9.6 continuing education credits through University of Louisville Hospital, provider number 4-0068-7-20-1144. The Kentucky Board of Nursing approval of an individual nursing education provider does not constitute endorsement of program content. Completion criteria to obtain CEs: Attend entire session and complete the evaluation.

Physical Therapy -The Kentucky Physical Therapy Association has approved this activity for up to eight (8) contact hours of category 1 continuing education. Approval number: 63-19-KPTA; expiration: 11/21/21.

Social Worker, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy - Determination of Credit is Pending.

Special Services

All individuals are encouraged to participate. To request disability arrangements, please contact Course Coordinator, at least 14 days prior to the date of this program. Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development fully complies with the legal requirements of the ADA and the rules and regulations thereof.


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Registration Fees:
This conference is free to all participants. Advance registration is required to allow for program planning.

Registration for this conference in now closed. You may still attend the event as a walk-in the day of the program.

Map and Venue Directions
To view a map to the UofL ShelbyHurst Campus Founders Union Building, 450 N. Whittington Pkwy., Louisville, Ky.  40222 and receive directions CLICK HERE

We thank our supporting and exhibiting companies for their participation in the conference! A final listing of supporters and exhibitors will be available at the meeting.