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The Central Plains Geriatric Education Center (CPGEC) at the University of Kansas Medical Center engages in a number of activities dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare provided to older adult populations in our region. It is probably best known for its continuing education programs targeted to interdisciplinary audiences of practicing healthcare and human service professionals. These programs typically originate on our campus in Kansas City and are delivered simultaneously to sites across the region through the use of interactive televideo (ITV) and by web cast using Adobe Connect. Our upcoming public program offerings are listed below. For more information on a program, including the program locations, click on the program title. From the program detail page you will have the option to register online for the program.

Another major initiative for the CPGEC is the Link for Care web site, which may be found at www.linkforcare.org. As a portal to a vast array of services throughout the KC metropolitan area, it was developed as a community service for Kansas City’s older adults, veterans, adults with disabilities, family and friend caregivers, and health and human service providers, including discharge planners.

To learn more about the CPGEC and its programs and activities use the blue bars to the left to navigate through our site. Bookmark this page and visit us often – we are continually adding programs that may be of interest to you.

The Evidence-based Clinical Care Series
Oral Health: An Important Aspect of Care for Older Adults
 Glenn Hemberger, DDS, MS - Dentist in Private Practice
 Susan Hemberger, RDH, ECP - Dental Hygienist
May 07, 2014
4:00 PM-6:00 PM CDT
Pharmacologic Management of Depression, Dementia, and Delirium in Elderly Patients
 Brandon Thomas, PharmD - Pharmacy Resident, Shawnee Mission Medical Center
 Melanie Smith, PharmD - Pharmacy Resident, Shawnee Mission Medical Center
June 04, 2014
4:00 PM-6:00 PM CDT
Assessment for Function and Comfort: Seating and Positioning Choices for the LTC/Skilled Patient
 Jennifer Fowler, MOT, OTR/L, BAEd - Director of Therapy Services, Midwest Health
 Patrick Middendorf, MBA, MSPT - Corporate Director of Rehabilitation, Midwest Health
June 25, 2014
4:00 PM-6:00 PM CDT
Relationships between Dysphagia, Oral Health and Dentition
 Jeff Searl, PhD, CCC-SLP - Associate Professor, Hearing and Speech, KUMC
July 16, 2014
4:00 PM-6:00 PM CDT
Medication Updates and Challenges with Older Adults
 Mary Andrews, RPh - Great Plains Pharmacy and Compounding Center
 Ross Holst, PharmD - Great Plains Pharmacy and Compounding Center
July 30, 2014
4:00 PM-6:00 PM CDT
Overview of Conditions and Care of the Older Adult Foot
 Thomas Bembynista, DPM - Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Surgery, and Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
August 06, 2014
4:00 PM-6:00 PM CDT
Combat PTSD in Geriatric Populations
 Maritza Buenavir, MD - Department of Behavioral Health, VA Medical Center - Topeka
 Thomas Demark, MD - Department of Mental Health, VA Medical Center - Kansas City
September 10, 2014
4:00 PM-6:00 PM CDT
An Evidence-based Update on Infectious Diseases in Older Adults
 Daniel Hinthorn, MD, FACP - Professor of Medicine & Infectious Diseases, University of Kansas Medical Center
September 30, 2014
4:00 PM-6:00 PM CDT
The Hospice and Palliative Care Lecture Series
Hospice/Palliative Care in Prison
 Jay Riseman, MD, FACS - Associate Medical Director, Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care
May 15, 2014
8:00 AM-9:00 AM CDT
Palliative Management of Gynecologic Malignancies
 Ky Stoltzfus, MD - Assistant Professor, General and Geriatric Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center
May 15, 2014
9:00 AM-10:00 AM CDT
Syndrome of Prolonged Dying
 Christian Sinclair, MD, FAAHPM - National Hospice Medical Director, North Central, Gentiva Health Systems
May 22, 2014
8:00 AM-9:00 AM CDT
Review of Strategies to Assess and Monitor Risk of Aberrant Opioid Use in the Chronic Pain Patient
 Ryan Westhoff, M.D. - Assistant Professor, Palliative Care-General and Geriatric Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center
May 22, 2014
9:00 AM-10:00 AM CDT
Delirium
 Elizabeth Thomas, MD - Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care
May 29, 2014
8:00 AM-9:00 AM CDT
Medical Futility
 Karin Porter-Williamson, MD, FAAHPM - Medical Director & Section Head for Palliative Care, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center
May 29, 2014
9:00 AM-10:00 AM CDT
Prognostication and Updated Hospice Regulations in Care Planning for Frail Elders
 Milta Little, DO - Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine - Geriatrics, Saint Louis University
June 12, 2014
8:00 AM-9:00 AM CDT
Very Severe COPD
 Lori Olson, M.D. - Assistant Professor, General and Geriatric Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center
June 12, 2014
9:00 AM-10:00 AM CDT
Evidence-Based Safety Practice    
 Lee Norman, MD, MHS, MBA - Sr. VP and Chief Medical Officer, University of Kansas Hospital
June 19, 2014
9:00 AM-10:00 AM CDT
The Research Seminar Series on Aging, Health and Dementia
Cardiovascular Adaptations to Exercise in Older Adults: Sex Differences and Potential Adjunctive Therapies
 David Proctor, PhD - Professor of Kinesiology and Physiology, Pennsylvania State University
May 01, 2014
12:00 PM-1:00 PM CDT
End-of-Life Programs
Delivering Excellent Palliative Care: The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Program
 Amy Velasquez, BSN, RN - Palliative Care Nurse Navigator, Outpatient Cancer Services, University of Kansas Hospital
 Carol Mulvenon, MS, APRN-CNS - Advanced Practice Nurse, Palliative Care Team, University of Kansas Hospital
 Maria Fox, MS, APRN-CNS - Advanced Practice Nurse, Palliative Care Team, University of Kansas Hospital
 Kim Clark, RN, BSN, OCN - GI Oncology Navigator, Outpatient Cancer Services, University of Kansas Hospital
 Linda Redford, RN, PhD - Director, Central Plains Geriatric Education Center, University of Kansas Medical Center
 Karin Porter-Williamson, MD, FAAHPM - Medical Director & Section Head for Palliative Care, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center
May 20, 2014
8:00 AM-4:45 PM CDT