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Research: Comparing Oral Medications for Treatment of Advanced Breast Cancer

by Medical Staff Office on March 21, 2016

The Research Institute and Jeanine Werner, MD, will conduct a clinical trial of patients with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer that has spread to nearby tissue or lymph nodes or another place in the body. The trial will study the medications exemestane and entinostat to see how well they work compared to exemestane alone. Participants will receive these medications at no cost during the course of the trial. About 600 men and women across the country will participate in this study. For more information, contact Venita Alston Crawford, RN, at 443-481-4393 or Emily Ross, coordinator, at 443-481-4392.

Medical Staff in the News: February/March 2016

by Medical Staff Office on March 21, 2016

CME: Bariatric Surgery and ASMBS Maryland Chapter Meeting

by Medical Staff Office on March 21, 2016

Friday, May 20, 7am – 1:30pm
AAMC Belcher Pavilion, 7th Floor, Doordan Institute
Free Revisional Bariatric Surgery Course, hosted by AAMC
This FREE 4.0 credit CME program is designed for any health professional caring for the morbidly obese patient, including bariatric surgeons, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners and dietitians. Hear experts discuss post-surgical techniques and complications related to bariatric revisions and conversions. Learn more and register.

CME: Skin Cancer

by Medical Staff Office on March 21, 2016
Contemporary Issues in Prevention, Screening and Management of Melanoma and other Cutaneous Malignancies for Primary Care Providers and Health Care Professionals

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 7:30am–noon
AAMC Belcher Pavilion, 7th Floor, Doordan Institute

This $25 4.0 credit CME program will focus on key clinical topics in the management of melanoma and other cutaneous malignancies, including discussion of the epidemiology, prevention, and surgical treatment of skin cancers, as well as, a comprehensive American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) update on the current staging guidelines for melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. This highly practical and interactive forum will provide a unique opportunity for primary care providers, oncologists and other health care professionals to interact with distinguished faculty in order to increase clinical knowledge, apply new data to practice, and ultimately, improve patient outcomes. Learn more and register.

CME: March MKSAP Review

by Medical Staff Office on March 21, 2016

March 31, 6 pm (dinner provided)
Department Chair of Medicine: George Samaras, MD
Directed by Robert Greenfield, MD
Topic: Hematology and Oncology
Presented by Stuart Selonick, MD
Hospital Pavilion South 2nd Floor Conference Room
1CAT1CME

CME: Anne Arundel Diagnostic Imaging Presentation

by Medical Staff Office on March 21, 2016

May 17, 6 pm (dinner provided at 5:30 pm)
Topic: Practical Radiology for the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant: Focus on MSK and Neurology
Presented by John Park, MD, Annapolis Radiology Associates
Doordan Institute
1CAT1CME
RSVP to Alicia Williams by May 1 at awilliams19@AAHS.org and include your name and practice.

National Women Physician Day

by Medical Staff Office on February 5, 2016

Feb. 3 was the first National Women Physician Day. The date marked the 195th birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, a courageous woman who paved the path for females in healthcare. According to the 2014 Census of Actively Licensed Physicians in the United States, only 32 percent of all physicians are female. One behalf of AAMC, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of AAMC’s women physicians for the exceptional care they provide to our community, and for empowering women to pursue careers in medicine.

AAMC Opens Crohn’s and Colitis Clinic

by Medical Staff Office on February 5, 2016

Anne Arundel Medical Center recently opened its patient-centered Crohn’s and Colitis Clinic. The clinic’s multidisciplinary team includes gastroenterologists, surgeons, nutritionists and other specialists—all with focused training and experience in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) management.

“With the entire team in one clinic, everything revolves around the patient,” explains AAMC Department of Surgery Chair Adrian Park, MD. “Instead of sending patients out for consults, we collaborate as a team to help the patient. This seamless process provides a better level of care.”

The clinic’s team of experts offers broad-based treatment, including the use of innovative immune-suppressing drug therapy. Team members conduct a weekly interdisciplinary conference to discuss patients’ needs, treatment options and progress. They work closely with both the patient and the referring physician to coordinate a care plan designed to offer the best outcomes.

If the patient is already seeing a physician for Crohn’s or colitis treatment, s/he will be able to continue that relationship as part of the AAMC Crohn’s and Colitis Clinic. We provide the tools patients need to get better and will help them learn to use those tools to stay well.

Treatment Options

We customize treatment plans to fit individual patient needs based on symptoms, severity and other characteristics of the disease. Options may include:

  • Medication: A wide variety of medications are available to treat both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Diet: Changes in diet and nutrition reduce irritation and aggravation of symptoms. Our nutritionist works with patients to create a detailed diet plan with support to encourage compliance.
  • Surgery: Lack of response or intolerance to medications, inability to maintain diet and lifestyle changes, or presence of precancerous cells are potential reasons for surgery. A number of surgical options are available. If perforation or massive bleeding occurs, emergency surgery is usually required.
  • Therapeutic trials in clinical research: We have an active and robust clinical studies and research program, which includes access to investigational therapies with close monitoring.
  • Complementary and alternative medicine: Our experts are continuously studying new alternative treatments and therapies, and we are glad to discuss these options with patients.

Learn more by calling 443-481-6699 or visiting askAAMC.org/Crohns.

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