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CME/CEU Educational Opportunities for VA Healthcare Professionals

ACCREDITED VA Healthcare Professionals Webinars

The MSCoE Healthcare Professionals Webinars are led by multidiscilinary MS experts who have comprehensive knowledge relating to MS care. The webinars are open to VA and non-VA providers. Medical education credit is only availble to VA providers at this time. Pre-registration for the webinar is requried for access to the slides as well as medical education credit. To view earlier webinars, please visit our library.

Date: 2nd Tuesday of Even Months
Time: 4-5 pm ET, 3-4 pm CT, 2-3 pm MT, 1-2 pm PT
Phone: 800-767-1750, 33177#
CME/CEU: ACCME, ACCME-NP, ANCC, AOTA, APA, ASWB (varies by topic)

If you would like to register for one of our upcoming webinars, please send an e-mail to MSCentersofExcellence@va.gov.

Upcoming Topics

November 14, 2017: Kurtzke Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS): History, Role, and Instructional - Michael Lane, MD and Mitch Wallin, MD, MPH
January 9, 2018: Lipoic Acid - Rebecca Spain, MD, MsPH
March 13, 2018: MS Awareness Month - National MS Society
May 8, 2018: TBD
July 10, 2018: Monoclonal Antibodies for MS: Effective and Safe Use in VA - Kathy Tortorice, PharmD
September 11, 2018: Fatigue and MS: Pharmacologic and Non-pharmacologic Management - Michelle Cameron, MD, PT, MCR and Cinda Hugos, PT

Nurses Journal Club

The Nurses Journal Club discusses recently published journals as well as information that is important for MS nurse coordinators. If you are interested in being a part of the journal club, please contact Angela Young at angela.young4@va.gov to be placed on the article distribution list and to receive the Lync invites. You must receive the Lync invite for access to the slides and call in number and code.

Date: 3rd Wednesday of Even Months
Time: 12-1 pm ET, 11-12 pm CT, 10-11 am MT, 9-10 am PT

Upcoming Topics

December 20, 2017: TBD
February 21, 2018:
TBD
April 18, 2018: 
TBD
June 20, 2018: 
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August 15, 2018:
TBD

ACCREDITED REACH VA-MS Caregiver Support Group Leader Training

REACH VA (Resources for Enhancing all Caregivers Health of Veterans) is an evidence-based program for caregivers of different diseases and conditions. Certified Group Leaders help caregivers develop skills in stress management, disease-specific knowledge, and coping strategies to reduce caregiver stress and burden. REACH VA can be used for telephone-based or in-person groups or individuals. CEU is 3 hours for nurses, social workers, counselors, and psychologists. Providers, help support MS caregivers, become a certified REACH Facilitator!

For More Information About REACH VA-MS

Alicia Sloan, MPH, MSW, LICSW
MSCoE-West, VA Puget Sound HCS, Seattle, WA
Alicia.Sloan@va.gov

Maggie Kazmierski, MSW, LCSW-C, MSCS
MSCoE-East, Baltimore VAMC, Baltimore, MD
Margaret.Kazmierski@va.gov