News at Medicine - October 2013 - Dermatology and wound care program offered by PDCS

Dermatology and wound care program offered by PDCS
October 30, 2013
Professional Development and Conferencing Services (PDCS) offered an interprofessional and interactive continuing professional development program hosted at the medical school Sept. 13-14 on Dermatology and Wound Care: New Perspectives That Influence Practice.
More than 140 delegates attended the program, including family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals from across Canada. For those unable to come to St. John’s or register on those dates, the program was also available live via webcast and archived online for access at any time.
The conference featured both national and local guest speakers including Dr. Greg Archibald from Dalhousie University. “I was extremely impressed with the enthusiasm of the participants over the conference,” he said. “One family doctor astutely commented that they had never seen this material before and questioned its absence from undergraduate curriculum. I was able assure her that advocacy is gaining momentum across the country, particularly in Nova Scotia where I practice, to embed it in schools of medicine and the health professions and create provincial programming."
Other presenters included Dr. Gary Sibbald from the University of Toronto, Cathy Burrows from Wound Prevention and Care, Halifax; Andy Hoar, Halifax; Dr. Rebecca Law, School of Pharmacy, and Dr. Tracey Brown-Maher, a dermatologist and wound care specialist with Eastern Health.
"Hosting an event which brings together a diverse health professional group such as this requires innovative planning and learning formats,” said Fran Kirby, director of PDCS. “By offering a range of formats including lectures, hands-on workshops, and interactive case studies, the program was a great success, and I believe our delegates have gained a lot of new and practical knowledge this weekend.”
Dr. Sibbald was also encouraged by the feedback he received from the weekend. "It's always great to visit Newfoundland, and the job PDCS did in organizing this event was excellent. I know the variety included within the program design meant that there was something useful for everybody over the day and a half timeframe."
PDCS offers a full range of services in the area of accredited continuing professional development planning and delivery. Visit for more information.

From left: Dr. Gary Sibbald, Dr. Greg Archibald, Andy Hoar, Cathy Burrows, Fran Kirby and Dr. Rebecca Law