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Infectious Diseases, Travel Medicine, Mental Health, Provider Burnout, and the Psychologic Impacts of COVID-19

7-Night Alaska Dawes Glacier Cruise
Round-trip Seattle, Washington
May 19 – 26, 2023

The purpose of this educational activity is to provide the primary care healthcare team updated best practices and guidelines. Tools to prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases will be presented along with topics in travel medicine to prepare people traveling to (or living in) developing countries or other settings where resources are limited. Topics in mental health will give learners strategies to manage and treat mental health conditions and addiction disorders. The psychological impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic will also be covered.

    1. Update in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) infections
      • Discuss treatment principles of HIV infection, antiretroviral medication, prophylaxis and identification of opportunistic infections, and transmission prevention strategies
    2. Newer antimicrobial agents and antibiotic resistance
      • Discuss newer anti-infective agents and concepts of antimicrobial resistance
    3. Vector borne infections
      • Recognize, diagnose, and manage vector-borne illnesses
    4. Emerging & Re-emerging Infectious Diseases
      • Recognize, diagnose, and manage infections that are increasing in incidence or geographic range
    5. Immunizations for the Adult Patient
      • Provide vaccination strategies for prevention of illness in the adult patient
    6. International Travel Medicine I: Introduction to assessment and management of the traveler
      • Consider the principles of organizing a travel service and preparing the international traveler for common conditions
    7. International Travel Medicine II: Mosquito-borne and Food/Water-borne illness
      • Identify patients at risk of illness and formulate strategies for prevention of illness using vaccination, behavioral interventions, and medications
    8. International Travel Medicine III: Prevention of illness related to unique hosts, environments, or activities
      • Identify patients at risk of illness and describe appropriate strategies for minimizing risk during travel

Mental Health: Top 3 major psychological concerns:

    1. Depression
      • Manage symptoms with brief interventions in primary care
    2. Anxiety
      • Discuss brief treatment principles; rapid assessment tools and psychological treatment approaches in primary care
    3. Substance abuse
      • Overview of brief treatment using Stages of Change Model: Return to mental wellness and the search for internal balance

Provider Burnout:

    1. Signs of Burning
      • Discuss signs of depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, fatigue, alcohol and drug misuse, martial & family dysfunction, exhaustion, premature retirement
    2. Coping Strategies
      • Adjusting personal and professional expectations, case discussion
    3. Prevention strategies
      • Discuss preventing and recovering from burnout. Identify signs of recovery, renewal and resilience in provider care

Post-pandemic impacts:

  1. Psychological phases associated with Covid19 outbreak: vulnerability and uncertainty contributions to somatic and cognitive symptoms of anxiety across different age groups
  2. Psychological Reactions: longer quarantine duration, fears and frustration of infection, social distancing, boredom, inadequate resources or information, and financial loss. Consequences on mental health; emphasis on social cohesion, connectedness, hope, and resiliency.

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February 22, 2021

Completed by Lucie:

Thunder Bay district Health Unit: Outbreak Management in Long-Term Care Homes: Learning Modules for Staff. There are 7 learning Modules. 

2019 Events attended:

  • Speaker for students in the Pre-Health Sciences class at Confederation College – Thunder Bay site. October 10, 2019
  • Head to Toe – OACAO Seniors Active Living Fair 2019 – 2020 at the Thunder Bay 55 plus Center . On October 5, 2019. From 9 am to 3:30 pm I had a display table and was a guest speaker. 
  • 2019, Walk for Arthritis with the Arthritis society in Thunder Bay

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  • Resolute Forest Products Wellness Day: Wed February 13, 2019  from 10am to 3 pm. Was an awesome day. 
  • Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre, Health and Wellness Expo: Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Hello everyone; These are the conferences I attended in 2019 to better care for you and your feet: