LEWISTON — “A Day in the Life of an Emergency Department” will be the topic of the second installment of Central Maine Medical Center and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute’s six-part mini-medical school educational series. The program will be offered on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

The series takes the form of an ongoing case study following a hypothetical patient facing health care issues commonly confronted by the elderly. In this case, the patient has been injured in a fall and as a result faces various medical challenges.

Open to the community, the explore a variety of topics, often providing information about the latest breakthroughs and debates in medical science and how these issues might relate to their own health. A background in science or medicine is not necessary to attend the programs.

The Oct. 14 presentation will feature Dr. Lanny Oliver, medical director of the Central Maine Medical Center Emergency Department. He will discuss the emergency care process for a senior who has sustained an injury in a fall.

A long-time member of the Central Maine Medical Center Medical Staff, Oliver holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va., and completed residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville, Fla. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Other mini-medical school presentations are:

Oct. 21: ­ “Spinal Injuries in Seniors” with orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Michael Regan, of Central Maine Orthopaedics in Auburn, and physician assistant Ryan Card of Central Maine Orthopaedics in Auburn of Central Maine Spine Center in Auburn. The presentation will look at spinal injuries typical of the older patient as well as why they happen, how they are treated, and their long-term consequences.

Oct. 28: “Understanding and Managing Pain” with pain specialist Dr. Adam Owen, of the Central Maine Pain and Headache Center. Owen will discuss the different types of pain, medications and alternative therapies used to relieve pain, and issues such as drug tolerance and dependence.

Nov. 4: ­ “Welcome Home: The Patient-Centered Medical Home” with Dr. Edmund Claxton Jr., of the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program. Claxton will discuss the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), a model that facilitates integration of health care services for patients. The
presentation will explain how the PCMH helps to pull together the multiple factors associated with complicated care, including end-of-life issues.

Nov. 11: ­ “Mental Health in the Golden Years” with Dr. Deborah Taylor, associate director of the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program. When medical illness/disability are experienced by elders, it is common to have issues and concerns including mood changes, adjusting to loss of
independence, changes in memory, and other issues. This presentation will focus on the process of identifying, coping with and treating these adjustment issues.

Anyone wishing to register for any of the programs or seeking more information, is urged to call 795-8448 or e-mail [email protected]

All presentation will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Pettingill Hall, Room G65, at Bates College, at no charge.

Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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