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Seminar examines care for the terminally ill

ATHENS, Ohio (April 28, 2004) -- The spring series of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine's Geriatric Education Series continues Monday, May 3, with Tracy Marx, D.O., associate professor of geriatric medicine, presenting "Palliative Care." The seminar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in conference room B-9 at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital.

Marx will discuss palliative (symptom and pain management) care and hospice (end of life) care. "A big misperception is that if you can not cure a disease, then there is nothing more that a physician can do," she said. "The end of life is such an important time for patients and families, and it is crucial to have good medical support during this time."

Marx also plans to talk about the role of the health-care team in providing good symptom and pain management and support to terminally ill patients and their families.

Health-care professionals are invited to attend the seminar. Brown bags are welcome. For more information, call the Geriatric Education Center at (740) 593-2258. Each lecture in this series of Geriatric Medicine/ Gerontology seminars is held from noon to 1 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at O'Bleness, B-9.

This is the fourth seminar in the spring series. The first was March 1 with Steven Clay, D.O., who presented "Influences in Prescribing Patterns." The second seminar, "Hearing Loss and Management," was presented by Roxanne Groff March 15. William Walker, J.D., presented "Legal Issues with Aging" April 5. The fifth and final seminar is May 17 with Ann Rathbun, Ph.D., presenting "Grief and Bereavement."

"The seminars are designed for an interdisciplinary audience," said Ellen Peterson, R.N., OU-COM geriatric education coordinator. "Health professionals from the community regularly attend, in addition to interns, residents and medical students. The diversity of disciplines represented by the participants makes for an interesting exchange of ideas."

The sponsors of the seminars include OU-COM's Department of Geriatric Medicine/Gerontology, the Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center and Area Health Education Center, and the Consortium for Health Education in Appalachia Ohio.

Peterson said the seminar series was started by a federal grant that established OU-COM as a contribution site to the Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center in September 1994 and has supported many continuing education programs. Provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, the grant supports educational programs in geriatric and gerontology for physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors and health-care providers to 22 Southeastern Ohio counties.

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