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Brain Health Course

ACPM has received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Population Health to develop a 1-1.5 hour(s) CME/MOC module on the benefits of blood pressure management as a potential mechanism to reduce cognitive decline and dementia. The module will be offered as an elective as part of the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program.

Titled "Blood Pressure Management in Mid-life to Reduce Risk of Cognitive Decline," the course will serve as a base level introduction from a lifestyle medicine perspective. The course is designed for physicians and applicable for nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians, health coaches, and other allied health professionals. The elective will be between 1-1.5 hours of CME and MOC. 

Learning Objectives

  • Increase physician's/health care professionals' awareness of brain health as a chronic health condition
  • Understand the evidence provided in the 2017 NASEM report "Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia: A Way Forward"
  • Describe the potential benefit of blood pressure control in mid-life to reduce the risk of future cognitive decline and dementia. 
  • Identify key strategies and resources to identify, assess, and refer patients with Alzheimer's or other dementias to care and community support programs 
  • Participants will be able to apply learning from other LMCC cardiovascular disease modules to the treatment of patients with dementia based disorders

Review Committee Opportunity

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is currently working to develop a new continuing education module on brain health to be titled Lifestyle Medicine and Prevention of Age Related Cognitive Decline and Dementia. The module will be made available as an elective through the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program, a comprehensive, evidence-based online curriculum that provides an introduction to the basics of lifestyle medicine.

In addition to the core competencies and modules, the program also offers electives on 'Culinary Medicine,' 'Reducing CVD Risk & Health Disparities,' and 'Medical Nutrition Therapy,’ which have been developed to expand the program to meet the educational needs and professional practice gaps of physicians and health professionals interested in, or currently practicing, lifestyle medicine. The brain health module will serve as the newest addition to this growing set of continuing education electives developed by ACPM and our partners.

To develop this new module, we are looking for three (3) members with expertise in brain health, age-related cognitive decline, dementia, and associated evidence-based interventions. Participating members will serve on our peer review committee tasked with reviewing the first draft of the educational material developed by the course faculty and providing constructive feedback.

Questions to be addressed by the committee include:

Content

  • Is the content relevant, accurate and of high quality?
  • Should the content be shortened, expanded or re-considered in another form?
  • Are the learning objectives clear and measurable?
  • As feasible in the context of the currently limited evidence base on this topic, does the content provide the most current research and evidence-based practices?
  • Does the author apply relevant, high-quality application of evidence-based practices?
  • Does the content present a balanced representation of all key tools and resources—including non-commercial ones if available?
  • Does the content contain the appropriate referencing to provide adequate context for the present work?
  • What is the main professional practice gap or educational need you have identified based on the content developed?
  • Does the content developed contribute substantively to closing the professional practice gap or to fulfilling the educational need you have identified?

Style

  • Does the content have enough visuals such as pictures and images? If so, are images used appropriately and helpful for the learner?
  • Do you feel that the significance and potential impact of this module is high or low? Please explain why regardless of your answer.
  • Is the writing style clear and appropriate for the intended audience? Are any tables or graphics clear to read and labeled appropriately?

If you would like to serve on the brain health peer review committee, please send your contact information, current CV/resume, and a brief interest statement to Shannon Haworth (shaworth@acpm.org) by Friday May 18, 2018. We also encourage you to contact us to discuss the review process or to answer any questions.

Participants will receive confirmation of their participation and related materials on Thursday, May 31, 2018 and are expected to return their feedback by Friday, June 8, 2018. As part of the review process, you may be asked to review the material again to determine if content/style changes made by the course faculty adequately addressed your original comments. These are very tight deadlines and we ask that only members able to meet our deadlines should apply.

ACPM is offering an honorarium of $1000 to each committee member after the completion of the review process.

Sincerely,

Shannon M. Haworth
Program Director
American College of Preventive Medicine

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