Medicine as a field has always been one of continual evolution, a fact that has never been truer than it is today. The pace of biomedical discovery, the development of new technologies, and the accumulation of new knowledge increases exponentially year after year. Physicians and surgeons can spend a decade in training, but the critical necessity of learning doesn’t end with the completion of a residency or fellowship. For the rest of their careers, physicians rely on continuing medical education as a support pillar to help them continuously improve their practice and their care of patients, in addition to meeting licensing and certification requirements.

One excellent opportunity to gain CME credit each year is the scientific program at Medical Alumni Weekend, which will take place Friday-Saturday, February 24-25. “Advances in Surgery” is the topic of this year’s scientific program, which offers 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. The scientific program begins Saturday at 8 a.m., and features a range of speakers, including:

• Herbert Chen, M.D., FACS, Fay Fletcher Kerner Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Surgery, presenting “Nanomedicines for Neuroendocrine Cancers”
• Joseph Tector, M.D., Ph.D., director of the UAB Xenotransplant Program, presenting “Xenotransplantation at UAB”
• Daniel Chu, M.D., FACS, assistant professor in the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, presenting “Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) at UAB”
• Jeffrey Kerby, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Division of Acute Care Surgery, presenting “Military-Civilian Collaborations in Trauma Care: The UAB Experience”

UAB’s Division of Continuing Medical Education is the go-to source for innovative, effective CME. The division offers a variety of online courses written by UAB specialists on topics most requested by primary care physicians, as well as a broad array of courses in specialties ranging from endocrinology and metabolism to women’s health.

One of the newest courses is “Recognizing Alzheimer Disease and other Causes of Memory Loss in Office Settings,” authored by renowned UAB neurologist and Alzheimer’s disease specialist David Geldmacher, M.D. In this course, Dr. Geldmacher reviews common conditions in addition to Alzheimer’s disease that cause memory deficits, how to differentiate between the symptoms of AD and reversible causes of dementia, and the potential impact of commonly-used medications on cognition.

The CME division is also home to the Deep South CME Network, where physicians can add their voices to research-oriented focus groups on a wide range of health care issues. Past groups have discussed barriers to treating patients with rheumatoid arthritis, obstacles to treating idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients, and stroke patient care. Physician participants receive an honorarium.

Finally, I’d like to direct your attention to a series of free audio podcasts that are eligible for CME credit now being offered by UAB Medicine. UAB MedCast podcasts are ideal for physicians, nurses, technicians, and other medical professionals interested in staying abreast of clinical and research developments at UAB Medicine while earning CME credit. MedCast podcasts, each averaging 10 minutes, are grouped into three categories: Quality and Outcomes, Medical Innovations, and Clinical Skill. Click here to access individual podcasts or to subscribe to the series, or search for “UAB MedCast” in iTunes, Stitcher, or iHeartRadio. The UAB Division of Continuing Education designates that each podcast episode is worth a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

I encourage you to take advantage of all these outstanding CME offerings, and I hope to see you at Medical Alumni Weekend.

Sincerely,
Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS
Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean
James C. Lee Endowed Chair

February 2017