Online learning module accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada

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A screen capture from the online learning module depicts a typical conversation between a doctor and a patient to address changing motor symptoms.

A screen capture from the online learning module.

Parkinson Society Canada’s first online learning module for family physicians was recently accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. This means physicians completing the interactive program will receive a Mainpro-M1 credit toward their required continuing professional development.

Assessment & Management of Parkinson’s Disease: Clinical Application of the Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson’s Disease(CGPD) is designed to educate family doctors and other health care professionals on how to properly identify the clinical signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and how to implement an appropriate treatment and management plan for their patients.

“Receiving accreditation means that the program has undergone a rigorous peer-review process to ensure it meets or exceeds high-quality and ethical practice standards,” says Grace Ferrari, Manager, Education and National Programs. “A physician’s time is so limited and valuable, so taking an accredited program ensures that the content is relevant and valuable to their everyday practice and their patients.”

The module uses case scenarios accompanied by questions and answers throughout the session making it an interactive and effective learning tool. The module focuses on how to identify, treat and manage the motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

The Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson’s Disease online learning module was developed by Parkinson Society Canada with input from its Medical Advisory Committee that includes neurologists, movement disorders specialists and family doctors.  The Committee is chaired by Dr. David Grimes, lead author of the guidelines.

“This accredited online module will be made available to as many health care professionals as possible,” says Ferrari, “and we encourage people with Parkinson’s to inform their own family physicians and members of their care team about this opportunity to earn continuing education credits and learn the latest practice recommendations in managing Parkinson’s.”

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