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Prenatal Care in Low-Income Countries: Prevention & Screening for Maternal Anemia & Malaria

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Course Description

This program is an online module discussing preventive prenatal care in developing countries. In particular, the module will discuss risk factors, appropriate screening, and prevention of maternal anemia; the importance of insecticide-treated bed nets in the prevention of maternal malaria; and intermittent presumptive treatment for malaria prevention during pregnancy.

The case itself will be a patient 26 weeks into her current pregnancy, and will lead the user through items such as nutritional supplement recommendations for both pregnant and non-pregnant women; the most common etiologies and appropriate workup of maternal anemia; recommendations for the prevention of malaria; and chemoprevention for malaria during pregnancy.

Original Release: 11/5/2013
Most Recent Update: 8/15/2014
Termination Date: 8/15/2017

NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS: The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course should take approximately 0.5 hours to complete.

COST: COST: $12.00

OVERALL LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Implement the recommended prenatal nutritional and supplement guidelines
  2. Develop a differential diagnosis for the underlying causes of maternal anemia
  3. Incorporate prevention tools for maternal malaria into patient care.

METHOD OF PARTICIPATION:

Registrants participate in the learning process by answering interactive multiple choice questions that are dispersed throughout the case presentation. You must answer a question correctly in order to continue through the course. If you answer a question incorrectly, you will be prompted to try again.

In order to earn credit, physicians must complete the entire educational activity before the termination date (see above). Non-physicians may register for the course but are not eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Instead, non-physicians will earn a certificate of participation after successfully completing the course before its termination date.

COMBINATION OF MEDIA USED:

This internet enduring material is a case-based, interactive presentation comprised mainly of text, interactive questions, and images. A variety of media, including video clips, audio clips, and Flash animation, may be presented. Links to any necessary plugins are provided when necessary, but no plugins are required for general use of the CME website, and you may skip the multimedia presentation(s) within the course if you choose.

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Faculty
JAMES HUDSPETH, MD
Course Director
Dr Hudspeth has been active in global health since his medical school training at Washington University School of Medicine, both locally and nationally with organizations such as AMSA and PHR. He performed a Fogarty Fellowship during medical school in South Africa researching HIV/TB coinfections, and subsequently did clinical rotations in South Africa and Rwanda during his internal medicine residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Since 2011 he has been a hospitalist at Boston Medical Center, with an interest in medical education (both in the US and abroad) and global health, serving as the coordinator for global health for the BMC internal medicine residency. He is also a founding member, a board member, and the chair of curriculum development for the NGO Physicians for Haiti, which works on improving access for medical education for Haitian clinicians.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.



ZADOK SACKS, MD
Course Director
Dr. Sacks currently practices hospitalist medicine at Faulkner and Brigham and Women's Hospitals and serves as Co-Chair and Founding Director of Physicians for Haiti. He is a graduate of the Harvard Brigham and Women's/Boston Children's Hospital Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, and served as Chief Resident for the program in his final year of residency, during which he was awarded a Harvard Medical School Resident Teaching Award by the graduating class of students.

During his residency, he also co-founded Physicians for Haiti, an organization dedicated to providing Haitian health care professionals with medical educational and leadership training opportunities

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities



SCOTTIE BUSSELL, MD, MPH
Course Contributor
Dr. Scottie Bussell is a PGY-2 at Meharry Medical College in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.



MARISA NÁDAS, MD, MPH
Course Contributor
Dr. Nádas is an attending physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. She did her OB/GYN residency training at Boston Medical Center and completed a Global Women’s Health Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is also chair of the Implementation Committee for the Boston-based NGO Physicians for Haiti. She has received a number of teaching awards and has developed a focus on continuing medical education. Her international projects include the development and national roll-out of an Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care training program in Botswana, as well as the development and implementation of a continuing medical education curriculum for physicians in Haiti.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.



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Reviewers
SUSANNA ERBER, MD, FACOG
Reviewer
Dr Erber is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston University where she also serves on the Advisory Board of the Division of Global Reproductive Health and directs Patient Blood Management. Dr Erber serves on the Quality Improvement and Transfusion Committees developing programs for improved patient safety. She has worked in Mexico, Haiti, and widely in sub-Saharan Africa providing education, women’s health services and disaster relief. She has currently been given an adjunct faculty position at Harvard Medical School and will be directing development of Women’s Health access, services and provider education for HRH Rwanda, based in Kigali, Rwanda.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.



JULIANNA SCHANTZ-DUNN, MD
Reviewer
Dr. Schantz-Dunn is a practicing Obstetrician/Gynecologist in the Division of Global Ob/Gyn at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Prior to attending medical school, she worked on several public health projects in Peru, ranging from malaria to tuberculsosis to cysticercosis with the support of a Fulbright award. She received her medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, where she continued to pursue her interest in global women’s health.. She completed her residency in Ob/Gyn at Brigham and Women’s/Massachusetts General Hospital and stayed on as faculty after graduation. Currently her international work takes her primarily to Uganda and Rwanda and her specific research interests include low-tech surgical techniques, postpartum hemorrhage and blood product utilization in low-resource settings

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities



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Course Planners
SANJIV CHOPRA, MD
Planner
Dr. Sanjiv Chopra is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also the the James Tullis Firm Chief in the Department of Medicine and a Senior Consultant in Hepatology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. He served as Faculty Dean for Continuing Education at HMS for 12 years. Dr. Chopra has more than 150 publications and seven books to his credit. Dr. Chopra is Editor-in-Chief of the Hepatology Section of UpToDate, the most widely used electronic textbook in the world subscribed to by more than 850,000 physicians in 149 countries. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. For a complete bio, click here.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.



ANDI LONG, EdM
Planner
Andi Long directs the Department of Continuing Education’s Distance Learning group, which offers a variety of online continuing medical education programs to health care professionals around the world. Andi develops strategies for new pilot programs and systematically rolls out new distance learning initiatives and has a leadership role in IT planning and other online processes for HMS DCE. She oversees the day-to-day operations of each distance learning activity and ensures ACCME compliance across all enduring programs. She has had the privilege of working with hundreds of Harvard Medical School Faculty members to develop high-quality, engaging online programs that physicians in more than 170 countries have taken part in. Andi earned her Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and graduated from Bridgewater State College with a degree in English. Her professional interests focus on teaching and learning with new technologies and online course development.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.



SUSAN O'BRIEN
Planner
Susan O’Brien is an CME Consultant and CME reviewer for HMS DCE. Her role is to review CME proposals for compliance with regulatory requirements.

DISCLOSURE:
Reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.



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Accreditation

NUMBER OF CREDITS: 0.5 

The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course should take approximately 0.5 hours to complete.

Within 2 weeks of completing the course, you will receive your certificate via email.

Click the image to view a sample of the certificate


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General Information

HARDWARE/SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

Computers
Any computer running Windows, Mac OS, or Unix machines are supported.


Internet Connection
Your computer should be configured to access the Internet. A high speed internet connection may be required to view some of the large multimedia files.

Browsers
Firefox or Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher are recommended. JavaScript and cookies must be enabled.

Plugins
Some of the multimedia resources in this course require Apple Quicktime, RealMedia, or a Flash player. You will be prompted to download the appropriate plugin when necessary. No plugins are required for general use of the CME website, and you may skip the multimedia presentation(s) within the course if you choose.


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