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EMRG104-0611: Getting Thru the Night, Module III

Tony Johnson, DVM, DACVECC
Lee Palmer, DVM
Teresa Rieser, DVM, DACVECC
Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP
Elizabeth Davidow, DVM, DACVECC

COURSE OPEN: June 12-July 6, 2011

REAL TIME SESSIONS: Sundays, June 19 and 26; 8:00 - 10:00 pm ET (USA)

Course RTS Times in Your Area

Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a practice session prior to the first RTS. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first RTS.

Level and Prerequisites: This course is geared toward new grads looking for practical guidance as they venture forth into the unpredictable world of veterinary medicine, but can be useful to those already experienced with ER work.
VIN CE course: open to ALL new grads and VIN members and has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians

Course Description:
You recently were or soon will be diagnosed with a new condition -- DOCTOR!
The transition from NOT doctor to THE doctor is a scary one. You don't know it yet, but you already know a lot and are ready to do this.
You have the knowledge and many of the skills. Transforming that competence into confidence is the next big step in your journey.
"Getting Thru the Night" -Part III - a CE course offered FREE to New Graduates is now open for enrollment!
The VIN Foundation (a nonprofit foundation you will be hearing a lot more about) is committed to helping you (and all new graduates) feel supported as you journey into and through your profession. As a new grad, the VIN Foundation is covering your enrollment fee.
There will be minimal emphasis on pathophysiology and a strong emphasis on diagnostic testing, client management, time management and therapy for various common emergencies. Common mistakes will be highlighted so YOU don't make them and common pitfalls will be mentioned so YOU can avoid them.
Many revelations will be made and many long-held beliefs will be shattered. This will be a whirlwind magical tour through the whimsical world of blood and guts ER stuff! Wear your running shoes! This is the opposite of the Ivory Tower.

This course consists of two (2) 2 hour Real Time Sessions; library materials; interactive message board discussions; and an end of course quiz designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention. The instructors will be using a combination of audio and text lecture during the real time sessions.

Upon completion of this course, you should:

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required textbook: None
Recommended textbook:
Small Animal Critical Care Medicine- Hopper, K, Silverstein, D: Elsevier, 2008
Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Manual, 2nd Edition, Mathews, K: Lifelearn, 2006

About the Instructor:
Dr. Johnson is a 1996 graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing a one-year internship in California, he chose to pursue a three-year residency in emergency medicine and critical care at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon. In October, 2003 he became ACVECC board certified. Dr. Johnson went on to practice critical care medicine in Chicago, Illinois and Gaithersburg Maryland before joining VIN. He is also on faculty and runs the critical care unit at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, and has lectured at several local and national veterinary conferences. He was inadvertently voted Speaker of the Year for the Western Veterinary Conference for 2010, and has somehow won several teaching awards. Dr. Johnson's special interests include pain management, bacon, mechanical ventilation, trauma, blood banking and transfusion medicine.
In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, blogging, counting his vast fortune in debt, cooking, SCUBA diving and raising his young son, Connor. He is married to Gretchen Statz, also a veterinary criticalist.

Dr. Palmer is a 2006 graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After receiving his DVM he served three years in the US Army Veterinary Corps as a Veterinary Corps Officer where he deployed to Iraq from Oct 2007 to Jan 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is currently an Emergency/Critical Care resident at Auburn University CVM as well as an Associate Editor for VIN. He continues to serve as a veterinarian in the US Army Veterinary Service (Reserve Component).

Dr. Rieser is a 1995 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her Emergency/Critical care residency in 1999 and received her ACVECC board certification the same year. She is currently the Medical Director for specialty and emergency medicine and Intern Director at VCA Newark Animal Hospital and is a consultant for VIN.

Dr. Gaspar is a 1994 graduate of the University of Wisconsin's College of Veterinary Medicine. She became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in 2000 and received her American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) Feline Practice certification in 2002. She is currently the co-owner of the Central Texas Cat Hospital in Round Rock, Texas and is a consultant for VIN.

Dr. Davidow is a 1995 graduate of Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. After spending all her time in vet school trying to learn to be a mixed animal vet in the country like James Herriot, she ended up working in a small animal emergency clinic in Seattle. Shortly thereafter, she realized that she was at heart an adrenaline junkie. She pursued her ECC residency at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, obtaining diplomate status in 2002. She co-founded and co-owns ACCES Animal Specialty Centers in Seattle and also the ACCES Blood Bank. Her veterinary interests include transfusion medicine, immune blood diseases, and coagulation disorders. She is proud to have been a VIN consultant for the last 8 years. Outside of work, she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her very active husband, kids, terriers, and guinea pigs.

Course Outline:
Week 1: (Real Time Session June 19)
Instructor(s): Tony Johnson, Lee Palmer, Teresa Rieser and Michelle Gaspar
Required reading: None
Content: When to stabilize a fracture (Tony Johnson), HGE (Lee Palmer), Urethral calculi (Teresa Rieser), Feline ER essentials (Michelle Gaspar)

Week 2: (Real Time Session June 26)
Instructor(s):Beth Davidow, Tony Johnson
Required reading: None
Content: Anemia/transfusion medicine (Beth Davidow), IMHA or ITP (Beth Davidow), ER Nutrition (Tony Johnson), Respiratory distress/Oxygen therapy (Tony Johnson)


FREE for 2009, 2010 and 2011 graduates

The course content, the course transcript, message board and library will be made available to the general VIN membership after the course closes, but VIN members who just can't wait may enroll at the standard course cost:

VIN members: $72 by June 5, 2011; $80 after June 5, 2011

Veterinary students (unless scheduled to graduate in 2011) are not eligible to enroll in this course (but as a VIN member, you will have access to the content after the class).

Enrollment WILL CLOSE on Sunday, June 19 OR as soon as the course capacity is reached. Free courses fill up quickly, so enroll now!

** NOTE: As space is limited, we request that you enroll in this course only if you will be attending the real-time sessions on June 19 and 26 or will be completing the requirements for a CE certificate. If your interest is solely in the course content, the course transcript, message board and library will be available to the general VIN membership directly after the course closes.

**For more on how online CE works see the Participant's Resource Center: <

Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 4 continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education." Call VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).

Course withdrawal and refund policy: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (This policy does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.
Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

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Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

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