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TIRR Memorial Hermann Education Academy Goes Virtual

Due to 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the responsibility as health care providers, we cannot risk the health of our attendees of the people that they serve. As part of our commitment, we are taking additional proactive measures to prevent the introduction or spread of COVID-19 at any of our education courses and planned events. The TIRR Memorial Hermann Education Academy has begun and will continue to host courses virtually as large public gatherings are currently prohibited. We look forward to hosting more participants who may have been unable to travel before as our courses move to a virtual format, through a combination of pre-recorded events and on-demand live stream events.

The safety of our patients, workforce, speakers and registrants is our top priority. Thank you for your dedication and your commitment to our community. Together, we are going to work hard to keep our community healthy while we continue to bring education to you, at your convenience.

The following are active courses that TIRR Memorial Hermann is offering for Continuing Education.

DoC 2021: Translating Knowledge into Practice

The goal of the conference is to introduce attendees to the most recent developments in the field, with an emphasis on translating this knowledge into clinical practice.

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Rehabilitation Nursing Review Workshop: Preparation for the Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN)

February 26, 2021
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Virtual

Rehabilitation nursing is the care and management of patients that have had altered functional ability and lifestyle as the result of an injury or illness. It involves the diagnosis and treatment of responses that patients have to actual or potential problems related to health. This course will provide up-to-date evidence-based information to the registered nurse both to increase knowledge of the rehabilitation process and also as preparation to take the Certification exam for the Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN). Topics included will be Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurodegenerative disease management, Dysphasia/ Communication Problems, Case Management, Rehabilitation Nursing Theory, and Outcome Measurements related to Rehabilitation Nursing. A brief overview of test-taking strategies will be offered and some resources available on the internet will also be available for the attendees to review.

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Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES); Knowledge, Practice, Documentation & Hands-On Practice

February 27, 2021 (Live Stream)
February 28, 2021 (In-Person Lab)
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Virtual

A training and education course for Speech-Language Pathologists without prior knowledge in Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) administration to learn the use of the procedure, as well as, provide basic training in interpretation and documentation using this assessment method. On day two of this course, we will involve hands-on practice with the equipment and a mannequin, as well as, documentation with case study presentations.

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Nursing Resilience in Changing Times

April 30, 2021
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Virtual

Nursing is a very highly specialized profession, which is constantly changing and evolving to meet the changes in the health care arena. Although very rewarding, nursing can be a stressful and labor-intensive job. From caring for challenging patients with new and different diagnoses and treatments, to constantly leaning new and innovative skills and interventions, nurses face a never-ending challenge to meet the needs of the patients/families that they serve. Because of the present demands on the nurse such as staffing issues, documentation, completing patient care with conflicting demands, shift working, lack of self-care and many other issues, stress is a major concern.

The purpose for this course is to provide the nurse with strategies and skills to meet these ongoing concerns and stressors by learning how resiliency can be a protective factor against emotional and psychological exhaustion, stress reduction techniques, ways of feeling valued as a nurse and finally; yet importantly, what does the future hold for nursing.

This course will explore these topics over a virtual, synchronous, interactive environment with nursing leaders providing their expertise on these important topics. Active participation and discussion using case presentations/scenarios will engage the participant in self-reflection and problem solving. Presenters to discuss each of the topics will use current literature.

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Disorders of Consciousness Conference (DoC 2021): Translating Knowledge into Practice

May 13-15, 2021
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Virtual

The goal of DoC 2021 is to introduce attendees to the most recent developments in the field, with an emphasis on translating this knowledge into clinical practice. Topics covered include conceptualization/classification of consciousness, modes of assessment and diagnosis, prognostication, therapeutic interventions, the family perspective, ethics and advocacy.

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Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) Training Course: In Preparation for Certification

June 3-4, 2021
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Virtual

The program is a comprehensive overview of Brain Injury including the functional impact, medical management, impact on the family, and legal/ethical issues encountered with treating this population. The mission of the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) is to improve the quality of care given to individuals with brain injury through the education and training of those who work in brain injury services. To that end, ACBIS offers a voluntary national certification program that establishes best practices for the training of individuals working with this population.

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Advancing Clinical Practice: Practical Insights for the Management of Neurogenic Bowel and Bladder after Spinal Cord Injury or Disease (SCI/D)

June 12, 2021
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Virtual

The focus of this preconference is to present best practices and practical insights to foster a clinician’s ability to advance a client’s health and functional independence related to management of neurogenic bowel and bladder after spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D). Spinal cord medicine is a subspecialty for clinicians who practice in neurological and rehabilitation settings. We recognize that this subspecialty optimally requires intentional training and education provided by clinicians who have dedicated themselves to the care of persons with SCI/D. Course instructors will draw from decades of collective experience working with individuals with SCI/D to prepare you with a core foundation, focused skill sets, and clinical reasoning tools to enable you to implement practical solutions into your practice setting. The presenters will review traditional techniques and explore new strategies to maximize functional outcomes. The course format will include lecture-based presentation and active dialogue through use of case studies and group discussions.

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Advancing Clinical Practice for those with Limb Loss

June 19, 2021
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Virtual

This seminar will educate participants on medical concerns, therapy treatment approaches, team planning, prosthetic information, and collaboration across the rehabilitation team for those with an amputation. This will include medical and rehabilitation considerations for pre-amputation, acute post-surgical, pre-prosthetic, and prosthetics.

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Second Annual Dysphagia Day: Swallow Physiology Masterclass

June 26, 2021
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Virtual

An important part of evidence-based practice is clinical expertise. Yet, many clinicians do not have the tools to gather, interpret, and apply their clinical data to understand trends in patient outcomes and justify clinical decisions. The Swallow Physiology Masterclass with Ianessa Humbert, Ph.D. aims to remedy this! Masterclass Tier 1: Normal Swallow Physiology introduces learners to clinical data collection, focusing on data that can be derived from clinical swallow evaluations and modified barium swallow studies.

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Advancing Clinical Practice in Spinal Cord Injury Recorded Materials

Available now through December 31, 2021
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Virtual, Pre-Recorded

The focus of these classes is to present best practices and practical insights from which OT, PT, and Nursing can develop a clinical framework to effectively manage persons with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D) related to multiple impairments and functional needs.

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Advancing Clinical Practice in Spinal Cord Injury Recorded Materials for Speech Language Pathologists

Available now through December 31, 2021
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Virtual, Pre-Recorded

The focus of these classes is to present best practices and practical insights from which SLPs can develop a clinical framework to effectively manage persons with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D) related to cognition and respiratory support.

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Comprehensive Pediatric Rehabilitation For the Neurologic Clinician Pre-Recorded Web Based Course

Available now through December 31, 2021
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Virtual

This set of pre-recorded lectures will to introduce the neurologic therapist and expose them to pediatric diagnoses in the NICU and early developmental stages. They will take into special consideration the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) interventions and understanding motor development. The lectures will to introduce the neurologic therapist and expose them to special consideration with neuropsychological development and behavioral considerations, the unique role of the therapist in the school settings, and an overview of Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) in Texas.

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Ethics and the Use of Social Media

Available now through December 31, 2021
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Virtual

This course addresses the issues associated with using social media. It will cover violations, professionalism, and academic cheating, in addition, to corporate compliance.

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Advancing Clinical Practice in Brain Injury & Stroke Rehabilitation

Available now through December 31, 2021
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Virtual

The prevalence of brain injuries and strokes continue to increase each year. There often are long lasting sequelae from these injuries including physical, cognitive, language, and behavioral deficits. The growth and development of clinical treatment programs will depend on enhancing the skills of clinical staff for the next generation of expert clinicians. The focus of this conference is to provide clinicians with an advanced overview of special topics, skills, and strategies for treatment teams working with those who have a brain injury or stroke. This conference will facilitate the growth of clinical programs of a comprehensive treatment team, through the advancement of best practice in brain injury rehabilitation. Clinicians will be more effective and efficient practitioners and by integrating, and promoting behaviors that are congruent with those explored in the conference. This conference will be presented via an interactive didactic course format. Discussion and active participation in case presentations, scenarios, and demonstrations related to clinical practice will engage the audience.

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Advanced Adult Vestibular Rehab: The Continuum of Care

Available now through December 31, 2021
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Virtual

Patients with vestibular dysfunction can be seen in multiple settings across the continuum. This evidenced based course utilizes the latest advancements in knowledge and research to integrate a clinician's ability to appropriately diagnose and treat a client with vestibular dysfunction. The topics discussed will include anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system involving peripheral and central lesions, assessment and treatment of BPPV. The participant will learn principles that help distinguish between peripheral and central disorders utilizing differential diagnosis strategies through clinical examination and outcome measures. These principles will include analysis of vestibular function tests including computerized dynamic posturography, caloric testing and rotary chair testing. Individual treatment interventions will be addressed to treat a client with vestibular dysfunction effectively. This course is designed for the clinician who has some experience in treating clients with vestibular deficits in order to more critically analyze and problem solve an in-depth and thorough plan of care.

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Neurobehavioral Changes After Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

Available now through December 31, 2021
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Virtual

This course is designed for health professionals working with the brain injury population. Through lecture and discussion, participants will learn to describe common behaviors in the brain injury population, learn to use various outcomes measures, and be able to implement behavior management strategies. The focus of this course is to improve the consistency of communication among health professionals with clearly defined terms of behaviors, and to improve the therapeutic approach to patients with behavioral deficits by providing participants with evidenced-based interventions for this population.

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Advancing Clinical Practice in Neurodegenerative Disease Rehabilitation: Foundations in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Available now through December 31, 2021
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Virtual

The focus of this pre conference course is to provide the foundation from which rehabilitation specialists managing patients with Neurodegenerative Diseases can develop a clinical framework to effectively manage patients with neurodegenerative disease, including Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Huntington’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Post-Polio Syndrome, Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS), Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), among others.

Topics will include the nature and disease course of neurodegenerative diseases (NDD) and its rehabilitation implications, role of rehabilitation specialists, pathophysiology of different neurodegenerative diseases, neuroscience concepts related to neurodegenerative diseases and clinical decision making framework as they apply to best practice in rehabilitation. In addition, knowledge translation of evidence based practice will be addressed.

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For the 31st consecutive year, TIRR Memorial Hermann is recognized as the best rehabilitation hospital in Texas and No. 3 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report's "Best Rehabilitation Hospitals" in America.

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