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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 26, 2004

Health Professionals Can Plug Into Back-to-School Opportunities

"Back-to-school" isn't just for the younger set. Health care professionals across Iowa can take advantage of many continuing education courses this fall. And they can do so without leaving their workplaces.

In ever-expanding programming, dozens of telemedicine and interactive video conferencing sessions will be offered by the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

The programs use the Iowa Communications Network and telemedicine technology to provide real-time, interactive learning experiences for physicians, nurses, physician assistants and other health care professionals who want to learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of different diseases.

There is no cost to participants, who can view the sessions over the lunch hour from noon to 1:30 pm. if their hospital or clinic participates in the programming. The programming is not open to the general public.

Interactive video conferencing, including sessions known as CyberProfs, broadcasts sessions to more than 60 hospitals and clinics around the state. Through the technology, health professionals statewide can participate in question-and-answer discussion as if they were in the same room with the speaker.

"Telemedicine and interactive video conferencing allow us to reach multiple sites without losing important interactivity between speakers and attendees," said Susan Zollo, administrative director of the college's Continuing Medical Education (CME) Division.

Upcoming CyberProfs sessions include these events:

--Tuesday, Sept. 7: Update on Osteoporosis.
--Thursday, Oct. 14: Depression: The Importance of Treating to Remission.
--Tuesday, Nov. 2: Women's Health Issues.
--Thursday, Nov.4: Type 2 Diabetes.

For more information about these events and to see a listing of additional video conferencing events, visit the CME online site at: http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/cme/conferences/search.asp?field=video.

"Rural practitioners often tell us how important it is to be able to access these interactive programs remotely without having to take time away from their patients to travel to these events," Zollo said. "A CyberProfs video conference also saves considerable time, money and travel when compared to the cost of UI physicians traveling to remote sites to deliver their presentations."

Interested individuals who are unsure if their worksite has video conferencing capability may have their continuing education director contact Susan Zollo at susan-zollo@uiowa.edu or 319-335-8599.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660, becky-soglin@uiowa.edu; CME Programs: Susan Zollo, susan-zollo@uiowa.edu, 319-335-8599