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Preeclampsia Foundation and University of Minnesota Present Professional Education Curriculum via Online Technology

Last Updated on Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Preeclampsia Foundation and the University of MN Deborah E. Powell Center for Women’s Health have announced the online Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity “Heart of a Woman: Pregnancy and Beyond” will be available March 1, 2007. This educational activity, focusing on preeclampsia, consists of three individual modules that offer continuing education credit for physicians such as obstetricians, gynecologists, cardiologists, and maternal-fetal medicine specialists, as well as certified nursing midwives, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses. Participants may access the courses via the Preeclampsia Foundation or the University’s websites and is available at no cost.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in women. New research findings link preeclampsia with subsequent development of heart disease in women. While Modules 1 and 2 focus on the diagnosis and management of preeclampsia, Module 3 provides in-depth information about heart disease prevention in preeclampsia survivors.

Module 1: Pathophysiology, Prediction and Prevention of Preeclampsia

This module is taught by Thomas Easterling, MD, who is a Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Washington. Objectives of this module are to identify the latest research regarding the pathogenesis of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and to review latest research regarding screening, prevention and prophylaxis for hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Up to 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits are available for physicians, and up to 1.5 Minnesota Board of Nursing contact hours are available for nurses.

Module 2: Management, Treatment and Case Study of Preeclampsia

This module is taught by Michael Katz, MD, who is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco, and practices at San Francisco Perinatal Associates, and California Pacific Medical Center. Objectives of this module include identifying the current criteria to diagnose hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and summarizing the latest research related to the management of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy based on scientific evidence. Up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits are available for physicians and up to 1.2 Minnesota Board of Nursing contact hours for nurses.

Module 3: Preeclampsia and Heart Disease

This module is taught by Tanya Melnik, MD, who is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. After this module, viewers should be able to recognize increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity following pregnancy complicated by hypertensive disorders and identify common risk factors in pathogenesis of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and cardiovascular disease. Up to 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits are available for physicians and up to 2.1 Minnesota Board of Nursing contact hours for nurses.

“Heart of a Woman: Pregnancy and Beyond” can be found at www.preeclampsia.org and www.womenshealth.umn.edu or linked directly at http://www.cme.umn.edu/cme/online/. This on-line CME is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Deborah E. Powell Center of Excellence in Women's Health and the Preeclampsia Foundation, and is made possible through a grant by Black River Minnesota. Online learning made possible through Breeze technology and PowerPoint Presentation with the voice of the presenter.

 

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