IETF Board Member Shares Expertise

IETF Medical Advisory Board Member, Theresa Zesiewicz, MD from Tampa, FL will be part of a panel sharing her expertise in the treatment of movement disorders at the International Association of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders (IAPRD) in Marrakech, Morocco May 24-25, 2013.

Abderrahmane Chahidi, DCFP, MRrici, Local Coordinator of the Congress and General Secretary of the MSAE  announced the First “Teaching Course in Movement Disorders” supported by the IAPRD.

The teaching program will consist of a panel of renowned international and national faculty in the treatment of movement disorders. International faculty includes Pr. Erik Ch Wolters (Amsterdam/ Netherlands), Pr. Daniel Truong (Fountain Valley, CA / USA), Pr. Theresa A. Zesiewicz (Tampa, FL / USA), Pr. Alberto Albanese (Milano/ Italy), and Pr. Tarek Yousry (London / UK ).

The program is designed to benefit young trainees in Neurology who aspire to specialize in Movement Disorders and update the practicing Neurologists, also neurosurgeons, radiologists and neuroscientists interested in movement disorders.

National Gerontological Nursing Association

On October 4th and 5th, I represented the IETF at the National Gerontological Nursing Association annual convention in Baltimore, MD. What a great experience!

Approximately 250 nurses attended and I think I spoke to all of them! They were warm, caring and anxious to give their patients the best care and understanding they can. They shared stories, asked questions and snatched up printed materials like our patient brochure, surgical brochure, essential tremor vs. Parkinson’s disease (ET vs. PD) flyer.

Nearly all of them work with essential tremor patients; some nurses have ET themselves and some have family members or friends with ET. Some also teach in nursing schools.  However, none were aware that the IETF existed. They were so happy to know there is a resource  to access the latest information to help them care for their patients and to educate student nurses.

Another plus was an invitation from a nurse from Oklahoma  to attend their meeting in April 2013.  She said, “This is so important!” I am looking forward to getting to know this group of caregivers.

One of the most rewarding things about my job is getting out to visit with nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and primary care physicians.  They truly care about their patients!

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