NOTABLE MEETINGS For the first time ever at an international headache meeting, there was a joint public/scientific session uniting care providers and researchers with the people affected by headache. At the joint session, part of Headache World 2000, held in September at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, the World Health Organization and international headache organizations unveiled their plans for joint action to relieve the worldwide burden of headache. Organized as two parallel meetings--one for scientists and physicians, and one for the public--Headache World 2000 offered public sessions that provided summaries of the research presented in the scientific program and interactive workshops. The conference is accredited for Category 1 CME credit and also for nursing credit.

ONLINE NOTES

The Association of American Medical Colleges has put its journal, Academic Medicine, online at www.academicmedicine.org. According to AAMC President Jordan J. Cohen, MD, the online and print versions of the journal will initially have the same content, but eventually the online version will take on a distinct identity. The online journal will be free throughout 2000. In 2001, access will be restricted to subscribers.

Medschool.com has agreed to be the exclusive e-learning partner of the Osler Institute, an accredited provider of CME. The Osler Institute specializes in specialty board review courses, utilizing approximately 600 faculty and educating thousands of physicians each year in 17 medical specialties. Medschool.com has exclusive digital access to lecture content and images delivered through the Osler Institute. Content will be delivered on Medschool.com's Internet e-learning platform that integrates audio, images, and synchronized text at low bandwidth speeds. Course content will include specialty board review, recertification, CME, risk management, disease management, managed care training, and international medical education.

Allergy education and sales are now on the same site. In a new arrangement, Allergydirect.com announced recently a partnership with Pharmacia, part of Pharmacia and Upjohn. Pharmacia will provide Allergydirect.com with clinical data targeted to physicians and consumer-oriented allergy information and educational content--although not CME content. Allergydirect.com will also sell selected Pharmacia OTC allergy products. Allergydirect.com envisions the site becoming a one-stop-shop for allergy education and products for both consumers and medical practitioners.

The American Academy of Ambulatory Care chose mypatient.com as the association's preferred online CME system for its 2,000 physician members. Jointly sponsored by Montreal-based I.C. Axon and the University of Virginia School of Medicine, mypatient.com is an online CME system that uses case-based learning methods to relate scientific theory to clinical practice. AAAC members can earn CME credits by participating in simulated patient-care scenarios on the Web. The site assesses and stores every user's learning needs and preferences, then suggests cases matching those interests in a personalized "virtual waiting room.'

MEDICAL NOTE

Needs Assessment Tidbit: Nurses Need End-of-Life Care Training. Researchers are calling for improvements in end-of-life care education and policy reform following a recent survey that revealed that only 13 percent of nurses rate their training in nursing school as "very adequate."

"It is vastly important to hear from nurses, as they make up the largest professional group at the bedside," said Betty Ferrell, PhD, lead author of the City of Hope Cancer Center (Duarte, Calif.) study. "Improved end-of-life care is contingent on better education of nurses and health care professionals."

One-quarter of nurses polled considered managed care a severe barrier to effective end-of-life care; 23 percent named the lack of continuity of care across all settings; 71 percent reported the largest dilemma was preserving patient choice and 69 percent cited the use of advance directives; 20 percent reported having received a request for assisted suicide. Visit www.cityofhope.org.

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