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Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Continuing Medical Education Conference at The 2014 Annual SMA Conference in Washington, DC.

December 2, 2013.

The 3rd CME Conference for medical professionals will be on Friday, June 13th in Washington, DC at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel.

Families of SMA will hold its Continuing Medical Education (CME) Conference for medical professionals for the third year in a row on Friday, June 13th, 2014. This year’s CME conference will be held in conjunction with the Annual SMA Conference and the Researcher Conference at the Gaylord Hotel. The CME Conference is titled “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Defining Your Role”.

This CME Conference for medical professionals is a great step that Families of SMA is taking toward broadening our support programs by educating medical providers. The Annual Conferences previously covered two components of SMA; Research and Support. The Research aspect covered scientific, research & clinical updates, while the Support aspect included the family support workshops and family networking. This third conference provides an exciting component of Care to the Families of SMA Conferences by educating medical providers on SMA. Families of SMA is thrilled to partner with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, who are accredited to provide CME credit for medical professionals.

Upon completion of this course medical professionals will learn how to:
• Identify when to refer children with delayed motor milestones for further evaluation.
• How to apply best practices to the coordinated care of individuals with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
• Understand and promote care coordination between the community and specialty care for children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

The CME Conference is a one day event for medical professionals only. The course will focus on the diagnosis of infants and children with neuromuscular weakness, clinical application of care standards to individuals with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and discussion of pathophysiology and therapeutic strategies for intervention. Members of the Families of SMA Medical Advisory Council, as well as guest speakers from Institutions across the U.S., will provide didactic presentations and host panel discussions.

The target audience is intended for medical professionals such as: pediatric neurologists, pediatric rehabilitation medicine specialists, pediatric orthopedic surgeons, pediatricians, physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, nutritionists, social workers, respiratory therapists, residents, fellows and other medical providers.

Registration will be opening soon, for additional information please click here (http://www.fsma.org/FSMACommunity/Conference/ContinuingMedicalEducationConference/).

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