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400     Medical Lecture Series on Learningrobotics pic

Join us for a two-lecture series to learn how The University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville is using cutting edge theories on learning to train medical professionals to give them skills and prepare them for real-life cases.

Immersive Learning Theory – Changing Our Brains:  This will be a presentation of current immersive learning theory and the biological events associated with learning.  Immersive learning bridges the gap between book and classroom learning and real-life scenarios.  It replicates a potential real-world situation so that the participant will as a matter of “routine” react appropriately when faced with an actual case or emergency.

Medical Simulation – Training for the 21st Century:  This lecture will present the need for teaching using simulation as part of the 21st century medical education.  When rapid and accurate assessment along with the ability to resuscitate and stabilize is required, skills needed to manage critically injured patients must be instinctive.  Learn how the UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation provides this training for our medical students.

Paul J. Huffstutter, M.D. FACS is Assistant Professor of the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine and Co-Director of the UT Center for Advanced Medical Simulation.

Two sessions:  Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:40 a.m., February 25; March 3

401     Long-term Care - Updated

Guidelines on how to choose services you and your family may need in the future

This course will review different types of long-term care services including homecare, assisted living and skilled services, clip art of elderly coupleretirement options, homes for the aged, continuing care retirement communities, sitter services, etc.  Pros and cons, cost and financial considerations will be discussed.  Advice will be provided regarding facility visits, what questions to ask while there, and how to determine whether or not it’s a good fit for you or your family member.  Suggestions on how to use the internet to research options and how to conclude the decision making process will also be discussed.  Updated information from the class offered in previous terms will be provided.

Delores Moyer has taught health care administrative/allied health courses at Christian Brothers University in Memphis as well as at the College of St. Francis.  Most recently, she was the interim Administrator for the Willow Ridge Rehab and Living Center.   Delores is currently serving on Oak Ridge City’s Board for Health and Education and volunteers for the state ombudsman program at two facilities in Oak Ridge. 

One session:  Monday, 11:00 - 12:10 p.m., April 18

402 Blue Zones – Where People Live Longest and Why

In 2004, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets map of blue zonesaround the world where people live longer in better health. In these “Blue Zones” they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States.

After identifying 5 of the world’s Blue Zones, Dan and National Geographic took teams of scientists to each location to identify lifestyle characteristics that might explain longevity. They found that the lifestyles of all Blue Zones residents shared nine specific characteristics.

Dan’s subsequent book The Blue Zones hit the New York Times best-seller list and took Dan everywhere from Oprah to TED to Bill Clinton’s Health Matters Initiative. The success prompted a new challenge: could we improve health and longevity in the US?

In 2009 Dan’s group partnered with AARP and the United Health Foundation to apply the Power 9 principles to Albert Lea, MN. It worked: after just one year, participants added an estimated 2.9 years to their average lifespan while healthcare claims for city worker dropped 49%.  Blue Zones are now being built in cities and businesses across the country. Join us to learn more about this interesting topic!

Delores Moyer – see class  401 for bio information.

One session:  Monday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., April 25


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