WesternU to Hold Health Care Symposium

By Rodney Tanaka, Senior Communications Writer

POMONA, Calif. - 02/24/2010 -- Western University of Health Sciences will hold a Health Care Symposium beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 6, 2010 in the Health Education Center, 309 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif.

The symposium, titled “Thinking Outside the Box: Improving Quality of Care Beyond Conventional Medicine,” is organized by pharmacy and osteopathic medical students to promote discussion about improving patient outcomes and safety using approaches outside the usual confines of medical care, and to evaluate various “quality improvement” programs that promise to improve quality of care while reducing health-care costs.

Steven Kamajian, DO, American Osteopathic Foundation 2009 Physician of the Year, will provide the keynote address. He will talk about the changes and impact on the health care sector by the quality improvement movement from a provider perspective, his experience with balancing quality and cost, and the future outlook of health care.

A panel discussion will focus on such topics as electronic medical records, pay for performance to providers, patient-centered medical home care and federal health care reform.

Panelists will include Alpesh Amin, MD, MBA, Executive Director of Hospitalist Program, University of California, Irvine; Elisa Ashton, PharmD, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco; Ivy Tuason, RN, MSN, FNP, Nurse Practitioner/Program Coordinator, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center; Norman Vinn, DO, MBA, CEO & Medical Director, Housecall Doctors Medical Group Inc.; and moderator David Connett, DO, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) Assistant Dean of Postgraduate Education and Development.

The event will conclude with a presentation by David Redding, DO, COMP Associate Professor of Family Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), on the unique benefits of osteopathic medicine in patient care along with OMM treatment demonstrations.

The symposium is free and open to the public and will provide an excellent educational and networking opportunity. Lunch will be provided, but space is limited. To register or for more information, please visit www.westernu.edu/wuhcsymposium or e-mail westernhcs@gmail.com.


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