Press Release: New Cal-PEN Program Looks at Infectious Disease After Natural Disasters (9/14/2005)

New Cal-PEN Program Looks at Infectious Disease After Natural Disasters
Premieres Tuesday, September 20 During UCTV's "Med Ed Hour"

La Jolla, September 14, 2005--On Tuesday, September 20 at Noon (Pacific Time), UCTV's "Med Ed Hour" will present the fifth module in the Cal-PEN Series titled ""Infectious Disease After Natural Disasters". Sponsored by the California Preparedness Education Network (Cal-PEN) and UC Davis Office of Continuing Medical Education, this timely program features Christian Sandrock, M.D., MPH, UC Davis School of Medicine, discussing the role of infectious diseases in natural disasters (flood, hurricane, earthquake, etc.). Dr. Sandrock will examine the factors effecting the development of disease outbreak after disasters, discuss specific diseases seen after natural disasters, and review the efficacy of various treatment options. The program is certified for one hour of category 1 CME credit by UC Davis CME. Visit the Cal-PEN website ( for more information and details about registering for credit.

The first four modules in the Cal-PEN series cover the topics of general disaster preparedness, bioterrorist threats, chemical and radiation threats, and emerging infections. Spanish language versions of these modules will air Tuesdays in October during UCTV's "Med Ed Hour" at Noon (Pacific Time), while each of the English versions can be accessed via "video on demand" at the Cal-PEN website.

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

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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