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FMDA and FSU College of Medicine Sponsor High-Level Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Forums

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Sept. 4, 2015
Contact: Matthew Reese, Senior Manager of Association Services
FMDA – The Florida Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
(561) 689-6321; mattr@fmda.org
www.fmda.org

FMDA and FSU College of Medicine Sponsor High-Level
Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Forums

West Palm Beach, Fla. – With a focus on “Developing a Long-Term Care Education Network,” Florida State University’s College of Medicine, Department of Geriatrics, and FMDA – The Florida Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine sponsored this invitation-only event for LTC stakeholders on Thursday, Aug. 27 in Tallahassee, Fla.

Representation included the faculty and leadership of both sponsoring organizations, as well as those from Florida Health Care Association, LeadingAge Florida, Florida Pioneer Network, Florida Assisted Living Federation of America, Florida Association Directors of Nursing Administration, and the University of South Florida. Discussions resulted in some innovative ideas to promote communication and PA/LTC education in Florida.

The following day, FMDA and FSU’s College of Medicine, Department of Geriatrics sponsored three (3) hours of educational programming titled, “Advances in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care,” featuring lectures from Kenneth Brummel-Smith, MD, Charlotte Edwards Maguire Professor of Geriatrics at FSU; Paul R. Katz, MD, CMD, Chair, Department of Geriatrics, FSU College of Medicine; and Polly Weaver, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Agency for Health Care Administration.

With more than 65 physicians, nurses, and nursing home administrators in attendance, some traveling as far as Fort Lauderdale, the lectures were very well received. Nursing home administrator, Katrina Fillyaw from Dowling Park said, “Presenters were clear and knowledgeable. I have had the opportunity to these hear presenters before and they never disappoint.”

Alice Pomidor, MD, professor, FSU College of Medicine, stated, “Excellent selection of presenters. Very clear presentations by highly qualified and knowledgeable people. Those traits are not always found together.”

Maria Rosaida Gonzalez, MD, added, “I found this to be an outstanding program.” FMDA thanks Dr. Chris Mulrooney, Asst. Dean for Graduate Medical Education at FSU’s College of Medicine, for helping to plan these programs in Tallahassee.

“We are delighted to have been given this opportunity to collaborate with FSU’s College of Medicine, Department of Geriatrics on both of these very successful meetings in Tallahassee,” said Dr. Robert Kaplan, president, FMDA. “FMDA is committed to supporting the efforts of developing educational networks and we look forward to expanding our collaborative partnerships across the state,” he added.

“We welcome one of our own to Florida. Dr. Paul Katz, is a past president of AMDA, FMDA’s national affiliate,” Kaplan concluded.