Region’s family physicians can ‘attend’ grand rounds via Web

San Antonio (Dec. 21, 2004) – Busy South Texas family physicians may not have time to travel to The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for grand rounds lectures on disease diagnosis, treatment and management. That is why the Health Science Center’s department of family and community medicine is bringing these valuable lectures to physicians over the World Wide Web.

You might want to tell your own primary care physician about it.
A virtual library of more than two dozen South Texas Regional Family Medicine Grand Rounds lectures by expert speakers is available at familymed.uthscsa.edu/GR/Virtuallib.htm. Past presentations have provided information on stroke prevention, oral therapy for diabetes, radiation medicine, cancer screening, heat-related illnesses and much more.

The lectures are offered in conjunction with the family medicine residency program at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health Care and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. Videoconferencing is available at the time of presentations at locations in Laredo, Harlingen, McAllen, Corpus Christi and downtown San Antonio. Continuing education credits are awarded if your physician participates in person or at one of the designated remote viewing sites.

Viewing grand rounds on their computers is a great way for physicians to keep up with the latest ideas for treating certain conditions and to hear from leading researchers in many fields. They can do it without leaving their offices. They can see it any time or day of the week, and submit questions to the family and community medicine department by e-mail at familymed@uthscsa.edu.

“Starting this program has been a labor of love,” said Richard P. Usatine, M.D., professor and vice chair for education in the department of family and community medicine. “The wealth of information technology expertise at the Health Science Center has allowed us to create a model grand rounds program for the 21st century. It is a pleasure to broadcast the cutting-edge ideas of our national and local medical and public health experts to our communities and academic settings.”

Carlos Roberto Jaén, M.D., Ph.D., the John M. Smith Jr. Professor and chairman of family and community medicine at the Health Science Center, said: “We are glad to contribute to the dissemination of new knowledge to South Texas and beyond. Our patients and communities deserve no less.”



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