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AAMC docsTALK Hosts Casting Call

by Medical Staff Office on March 21, 2016

Calling all health experts! Want to position yourself as a thought leader and gain recognition from the public? Starting in May, we’re holding auditions for our next two AAMC docsTalk hosts. These hosts will be the face of docsTalk, AAMC’s dynamic health education show that explores important medical topics in a live interview format. As a host, you’ll have the opportunity to address current health topics, help our community live healthier and be recognized as a credible medical professional. Plus, you’ll have fun doing it! Read the host description and stay tuned for the audition schedule.

Research: Can New Medicine Help Patients Who Have Major Bleeding?

by Medical Staff Office on March 21, 2016

Hospitalist James Welker, MD, and the Research Institute are conducting a clinical trial studying the effectiveness of Andexanet Alfa. This drug reverses the effects of some medicines that prevent blood from clotting normally. This medicine could benefit patients who come to the hospital with acute major bleeding that is potentially life threatening. To learn more, contact Kathy Gray, RN, at 443-481-5868 or Kristine Wood, RN, at 443-481-5738.

Research: Evaluating New Treatment Possibilities for HER-2 Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer

by Medical Staff Office on March 21, 2016

The AAMC Research Institute is enrolling participants with HER-2 positive metastatic breast cancer in a clinical research trial evaluating Margetuximab, a new investigational medication. Participants enrolled in the SOPHIA clinical trial will receive either Margetuximab or Herceptin in combination with chemotherapy. The study will enroll 530 participants worldwide with advanced HER-2 positive breast cancer who have received prior treatment with Herceptin, Perjeta and/or Kadcyla and received at least one prior line of chemotherapy. For more information, contact Venita Alston Crawford, RN, at 443-481-4393 or Emily Ross, coordinator, at 443-481-4392.

Research: Abdominal Wall Hernia Repair Using Symbotex Mesh

by Medical Staff Office on March 21, 2016

Adrian Park, MD, and Igor Belyansky, MD, along with the surgical research team, are conducting a study. The study evaluates the outcomes for patients who have the Symbotex mesh implant for laparoscopic repair of abdominal hernia. The team will follow the progress of approximately 50 patients for one year as part of this study. For more information, contact Almaz Holmatova, MD, at oholmatova@AAHS.org or 443-481-4943.

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.

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