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TIRR Memorial Hermann Education Academy Offers Virtual and In-Person Courses

Continually recognized as one of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, TIRR Memorial Hermann is committed to educating current and future rehabilitation specialists. Through the TIRR Memorial Hermann Education Academy, medical professionals have access to the latest techniques and research to better serve their patients, care partners and community.

Courses through the Academy are offered either in-person, prerecorded for on-demand viewing, live streamed or a combination of these options.

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

Live Virtual & In-Person Courses Pre-Recorded Courses

Upcoming Courses

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5th Annual Dysphagia Day: Understanding Dysphagia-Related Aspiration Pneumonia

Saturday, June 22, 2024
TIRR Memorial Hermann, In-Person

As the saying goes, we fear what we do not understand. Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and other medical professionals often fear the term “aspiration” for its correlation with pneumonia, a disease process associated with mortality in elderly, acutely ill, and immunocompromised patients. However, fear of prandial aspiration has resulted in an (often unnecessary) shift toward overly stringent measures to prevent it, unfortunately leading to a cascade of medical complications outside of pneumonia, including poor patient quality of life. Since the likelihood of development of dysphagia-related aspiration pneumonia is as individual as the host, clinicians managing dysphagia must learn to assess aspiration pneumonia risk on an individual level. In this course, we will understand our patients’ unique probability of developing aspiration pneumonia by understanding normal and pathologic lung defenses against aspiration, host risk factors for opportunistic infection, and characteristics of aspirated boluses that may yield complication. We will explore a variety of neurologic, cardiopulmonary, and gastrointestinal disease processes and their potential impact on pneumonia development. Through this understanding, we will fear not aspiration events, but poorly-informed decision-making regarding the management of aspiration in patients with disordered swallowing. With a comprehensive understanding of dysphagia related aspiration pneumonia development, we can improve our patients’ outcomes while preserving their dignity and quality of life.

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Translating the Science to Practice: Neuroplasticity and Motor Learning in Neurological Rehabilitation

Saturday, July 27, 2024
TIRR Memorial Hermann, In-Person

This course will provide a brief focused review of current literature of neuroplasticity and the clinical research demonstrating the occurrence of neuroplastic changes following injury. In this course, participants will review the models of motor learning along with the supporting and contradictory evidence related to each model. Current treatment approaches will be discussed in the light of the motor control and motor learning models. Pertinent evidence related to feedback, practice, motivation, attentional focus, and other contributors to motor learning will be discussed. This course will review the necessary ingredients to drive neuroplastic changes and offer practical examples of creating rehabilitation interventions integrate these into a plan of care that is evidence based to maximize recovery. Participants will have an opportunity to apply this knowledge through written and video case studies.

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Advancing Clinical Practice: Pediatric Rehabilitation for the Neurologic Clinician

Saturday, August 10, 2024
TIRR Memorial Hermann, In-Person

This course will support the learning needs of the neurologic therapist treating pediatric patients by engaging the learner in application and analysis of content related to pediatric spasticity management and interventions, orthotic management and intervention, treatment techniques. The variety of topics in this course are uniquely woven together to meet the overall needs for pediatric clients with neurologic health conditions who seek rehabilitation services.

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Advancing Clinical Practice: Essential Approaches for Excellence in Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Saturday, September 28 - Sunday, September 29, 2024
TIRR Memorial Hermann, In-Person

A person who has a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may have long-term problems affecting body structures and functions such as thinking, memory, movement, coordination, speech, swallowing, vision, activities of daily living, and emotions. As every brain injury and every person are different, physical medicine and rehabilitation professionals need a wide variety of knowledge and skills to treat these clients throughout necessary episodes of care. This course will focus on foundational knowledge and clinical treatments related to a variety of topics common for clients with a TBI.

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Advanced Adult Vestibular Rehabilitation

Part 1: Distance Learning - Independent Learning Format | Available now until November 8, 2024
Part 2: Saturday, November 9, 2024
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Pre-Recorded and Live Streamed via Zoom

Patients with vestibular dysfunction can be seen in multiple settings across the continuum. This evidence-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 and analysis of vestibular function tests including computerized dynamic posturography, caloric testing and rotary chair testing. The participant will learn principles that help distinguish between peripheral and central disorders utilizing differential diagnosis strategies through clinical examination and outcome measures. 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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Advanced Adult Vestibular Rehabilitation LAB

Sunday, November 10, 2024
TIRR Memorial Hermann, In-Person

The focus of this in person lab is to apply knowledge gained from the pre-recorded and live virtual vestibular course content with opportunities to practice hands on skills related to vestibular examination and intervention. This course format will include lab time and demonstration of clinical applications.

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Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS): Review Course (2024 - 2026)

Friday, December 6, 2024 – Saturday, December 7, 2024
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Live Streamed via Zoom

The program is a comprehensive overview of Brain Injury including the medical management, functional impact on the person and/or family, and legal/ethical issues encountered with treating people with an Acquired Brain Injury. The mission of the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) is to improve the quality of care given to individuals with a 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 people with an Acquired Brain Injury.

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TIRR & MDACC 4th Cancer Rehabilitation Symposium: Advancing Patient Centered Care Across the Cancer Care Continuum

Thursday, May 1 - 3, 2025
TIRR Memorial Hermann, In-Person

Currently, there are approximately 17.5 million cancer survivors in the United States. This number is expected to rise to 22.2 million by the year 2030. Cancer is a complex topic, touching many aspects of a client’s life. Cancer survivors often experience complications from cancer and its various treatments that can impact function. Cancer rehabilitation has an important role in the cancer care continuum. During this symposium expert clinicians from leading institutions for cancer care and rehabilitation will discuss select treatments that impact rehabilitation and provide evidence-based assessment and treatment strategies that can be applied to clinical practice for clinicians working with those living with cancer.

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Pre-Recorded Courses

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The Missing Factor of Quality Outcomes: Managing Nutrition Risk

At least 30% of hospitalized patients are diagnosed with malnutrition when discharged from the hospital. Populations at greater risk of malnutrition include the elderly, low income, and minorities. The development of malnutrition is multifactorial and requires an interdisciplinary approach from providers throughout the care continuum to promote better outcomes. Early identification of nutrition risk includes the evaluation of factors associated with the development of malnutrition—including food insecurity, other social and environmental factors, disease progression, and aging.

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Autonomic Dysreflexia After Spinal Cord Injury: Myth and Reality

The focus of this lecture is on autonomic dysreflexia and orthostatic hypotension following a spinal cord injury. Clinical evidence on the impact of abnormal blood pressure control and latest advances in the management of cardiovascular control after spinal cord injury will be presented.

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Pediatric Rehabilitation For the Neurologic Clinician

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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Advancing Clinical Practice in Brain Injury & Stroke Rehabilitation

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 objective of these pre-recorded lectures 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 in order to facilitate the growth of clinical programs of a comprehensive treatment team.

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DoC 2021: Translating Knowledge into Practice

TIRR Memorial Hermann, Virtual, Pre-Recorded
The goal of this virtual education is to introduce individuals to the most recent developments in the field, with an emphasis on translating this knowledge into clinical practice.

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For the 34th consecutive year, TIRR Memorial Hermann is recognized as the best rehabilitation hospital in Texas and No. 4 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report's "Best Rehabilitation Hospitals" in America.

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