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Back Pain and Brain Damage: Primary Care and Neurosurgical Connections

Back pain and brain damage – there are many factors and medical red flags a primary care provider must consider when determining the first steps for managing these kinds of cases. To learn how to develop the best approach, join your fellow community clinicians for a half-day CME workshop exploring optimal primary care management for patients with back pain and brain damage. This activity is intended for primary care physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and health care personnel in primary care and family medicine.

Primary care topics include:

  • Diagnosing acute low back pain
  • Evaluating common spinal disorders that may benefit from surgical intervention
  • Treating concussion and brain injury
  • Assessing headaches, dizziness, and other potential signs of brain tumors
March 14, 2015, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Check-in and continental breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. 

Great Wolf Lodge, 20500 Old Hwy 99 SW, Centralia, WA 98531
Bring your family! A limited number of rooms are available at a discounted rate until Feb. 27. Call 1-800-643-9653 to make a reservation with promo code 1503HEALTH, or go to www.greatwolf.com/grandmound.

$75 per participant. To sign up, fill out an online registration form and make your online payment. Note: you will be redirected to a secure payment site after submitting your online registration form.

Presenting faculty:

  • Brian Iuliano, M.D.
    Neurosurgeon, Providence Medical Group-Southwest Washington Neurosurgery, Olympia, WA
  • Barbara Lazio, M.D.
    Neurosurgeon, Providence Medical Group-Southwest Washington Neurosurgery, Olympia, WA
  • Melissa Purtteman, M.D.
    Primary care physician, Providence Medical Group-Hawks Prairie Family Medicine, Lacey, WA
  • Sheila Smitherman, M.D.
    Neurosurgeon, Providence Medical Group-Southwest Washington Neurosurgery, Olympia, WA

The educational event also includes a panel discussion with presenters and physical medicine and rehabilitation experts from Providence St. Peter Hospital to address your pressing questions:

  • Christopher Eggers, PT, MPT, OCS
    Manager, Outpatient Orthopedic and Hand Therapy, Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, WA
  • Lauren Fisher, M.D.
    Physiatrist, Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, WA
  • Craig Tedder, MBA, DHSc, DPT
    Manager, Physical Therapy, Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, WA


7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
8:00 – 8:05 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
8:05 – 8:50 a.m.
The Doctor Says It’s All in My Head: A Brief Discussion About Brain Tumors – Sheila Smitherman, M.D.
8:50 – 9:35 a.m.
Managing the Traumatic Brain Injury Spectrum: Coma to Concussion – Barbara Lazio, M.D.
9:35 – 9:50 a.m.
9:50 – 11:45 a.m.
Practical Primary Care Approaches to Low Back Pain – Melissa Purtteman, M.D.
10:35 – 11:20 a.m.
Surgical Management of Common Spinal Disorders – Brian Iuliano, M.D.
11:20 – 12:25 p.m.
Panel Q & A – Christopher Eggers, PT, MPT, OCS, Craig Tedder, MBA, DHSc, DPT, and Lauren Winslow Fisher, M.D.
12:30 p.m.               

For more information, contact Carol Goldfinch at 360-493-7395.

Physicians: Med-IQ is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Med-IQ designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Family Physicians: Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Others: Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals who successfully complete the activity will receive a Statement of Participation indicating the maximum credits available. 

Co-sponsored by Providence Medical Group and Med-IQ.
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