Press Release: UCTV Presents Programs on Disaster Preparedness for the Primary Care Provider (7/19/2005)

UCTV Presents Programs on Disaster Preparedness for the Primary Care Provider
Free CME Credit Available for Four-Part Cal-PEN Series

La Jolla, July 19, 2005--Beginning August 2, University of California Television (UCTV) will present a four-part series on disaster preparedness for primary care providers from the California Preparedness Education Network (Cal-PEN). Covering the topics of general disaster preparedness, bioterrorist threats, chemical and radiation threats, and emerging infections, the programs will air at Noon (Pacific) during UCTV's "Med Ed Hour" every Tuesday and Thursday in August, and are also available for viewing "on-demand" from the Internet. Each program is certified for one hour of free Category One CME credit by the UC Davis Office of Continuing Medical Education. Complete broadcast schedules, links to view programs "on-demand," details about registering for credit, as well as links to discussion boards and other information can be found at the official UCTV/Cal-Pen website at www.uctv.tv/calpen.

The broadcast schedule for the hour-long Cal-PEN programs follows, with each program airing at Noon (Pacific Time). All programs are also available for "on-demand" viewing at www.uctv.tv/calpen.

Disaster Preparedness for the Healthcare Provider
(Aug 2 & Aug 4)

Bioterrorist Threats for the Healthcare Provider
(Aug 9 & Aug 11)

Chemical and Radiation Threats for the Healthcare Provider
(Aug 16 & Aug 18)

Emerging Infections for the Healthcare Provider
(Aug 23 & Aug 25)

UCTV and Cal-PEN are currently developing this vital series in Spanish with the support of the California Office of Binational Border Health (COBBH), which will be made available for broadcast and on-line viewing in Fall 2005. Check the UCTV/Cal-PEN website for program schedule.

In addition to the broadcasts, the UCTV/Cal-PEN website will host an interactive discussion board where health care providers can submit questions to the series presenter and medical advisor, Christian Sandrock, M.D., MPH of UC Davis School of Medicine. The answers will then be posted on-line for all to reference. Viewers' questions can be submitted through a link on the UCTV/Cal-PEN website.

Cal-PEN is also holding in-person training seminars around the state conducted by faculty from multiple health disciplines, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and first responders. For more information about these local trainings, call (559) 241-7650.

The California Preparedness Education Network (Cal-PEN) was established in 2003 with an award of HRSA funding to the California AHEC Program to support continuing education on bioterrorism and other public health emergencies for licensed health professionals. By partnering with UCTV to distribute these programs via satellite, cable television, and the Internet, Cal-PEN can achieve its goal of reaching healthcare professionals in underserved urban and rural locations in California, and teaching competencies consistent with HRSA objectives and national standards for targeted disciplines. The Cal-PEN project is funded by HRSA Grant #T01HP01405.

UCTV's "Med Ed Hour" features a variety of medical programs aimed at physicians, nurses and other health care professionals who wish to expand their knowledge base, keep current on the latest research, and in some cases, earn Continuing Education credit. The Med Ed Hour airs on UCTV every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 1:00pm (Pacific Time).

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