TCMS Zika Educational Forum

Written by Emily Johnson. Posted in Latest TCMS News & Events

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Educational Forum
Physicians, Medical Students and other Healthcare Providers welcome!

When: Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 6-8 PM
Where: University of Minnesota, Moos Tower, Room 2-620, 515 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Cost: FREE!

The Minnesota Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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  1. Describe the clinical manifestations of Zika virus infection: typical illness, fetal damage, Guillain-Barré syndrome
  2. Define mosquito vectors and vector control
  3. Counsel travelers to Zika transmission areas and persons living in endemic areas. 
Peter Bornstein, MD, MBA 


Frank Rhame, MD - Clinical aspects of Zika Infection, Early Epidemiology
Case report, Discovery, Epidemiology up to Yap epidemic, Clinical Aspects, Link to Microcephaly and Guillian-Barré Syndrome, follow up of infected and potentially infected infants.

 Dave Neitzel, MS - Zika Virus Vectors
Mosquito behavior, vector competency, current and future transmission prospects, vector control 

Elizabeth Schiffman, MA, MPH - Current Zika Epidemiology, Sexual and Bloodborne
Transmission, Recommendations and Guidelines
Epidemiology of Yap, French Polynesia and S America outbreaks; Evidence for and Mechanisms of Sexual and Bloodborne Transmission; Management Guidelines and Recommendations”


“Clinical aspects of Zika Infection, Early Epidemiology

“Zika Virus Vectors”

“Current Zika Epidemiology, Sexual and Bloodborne Transmission, Recommendations and Guidelines”
Q & A  

If you have any questions or difficulty registering please call Emily Larsen @ 612-623-2885 or emial This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Minnesota Medical Association and the Twin Cities Medical Society. The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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American Diabetes Association Alert Day

Written by Emily Johnson. Posted in Latest TCMS News & Events

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American Diabetes Association Alert Day – March 22, 2016

Type 2 Diabetes is a preventable disease. 22 million Americans are diagnosed diabetics. More astonishing, however, is the estimated 86 million people in the US who have prediabetes and 90% of them are unaware of the diagnosis. You can take action TODAY to screen for both prediabetes and diabetes. Local and national resources are available at:

In addition, consider using this day as a clinic-wide in-house prediabetes screening event! You could incorporate any of the following:

·         Give informational pamphlets at check-in/registration front desks for patients to take and read

·         Encourage your lab staff to discuss and offer prediabetes screening to all people at risk whom are getting their blood drawn

·         Encourage your rooming staff to discuss with all patients, especially those falling into the high risk categories

·         Enable medical staff to order screenings and provide information on prediabetes

·         Hang posters on the wall in the lab waiting area to facilitate this discussion.   Such posters can be found and downloaded at no cost at On that same valuable website is a prediabetes risk quiz which you can encourage your patients to take to assess their individual risk. Another valuable website, which also has a type 2 diabetes risk test, is

·         Have a table in the waiting area where patients can inquire about prediabetes as another way to educate your patients on the risk factors as well as ways to prevent diabetes

·         Consider instituting a reward program for recognizing staff that are successful in increasing your screening rates

·         Involve Community Health Workers or Patient Advocates in education and awareness building with patients during their visits

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