Amazon Healthcare Expedition: Pharmacy from the Rainforest, Global Perspectives in Healthcare (Amazon)

Venue: Lima & Iquitos

Location: Lima & Iquitos, Peru

Event Date/Time: Mar 01, 2008 End Date/Time: Mar 09, 2008
Early Registration Date: Jan 15, 2008
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University of Washington School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education, University of Washington School of Nursing Office of Continuing Nursing Education and University of Washington School of Pharmacy Division of Continuing Pharmacy Education are proud to co-sponsor the Amazon Healthcare Expedition: Pharmacy from the Rainforest, Global Perspectives in Healthcare Conference, March 1-9, 2008, in Peru.

Set in one of most biologically rich and environmentally important regions on Earth, the Amazon Healthcare Expedition Conference will enable participants to learn the links between the natural environment and global health patterns and practice. Participants will begin the conference by examining the medicinal and nutritional properties of plants found in the rainforest and how they benefit the prevention and treatment of disease. The discussion will advance to the role of practicing cross-cultural medicine in resource-limited settings and how culture and environment affect disease contraction and patterns. The worldwide epidemic of malnutrition and obesity will begin to tie how environmental, geopolitical and cultural issues influence specific global health care problems. A lecture on the effects of climate change on global disease patterns will further illustrate the challenges facing health care professionals. A panel discussion linking what participants learn in the Amazon to practice-based application will conclude the program.

In addition to structured continuing education activities, participants will also have the opportunity to tour the jungle floor, to ascend to the top of the rainforest biome for a walk along the longest canopy walkway in the Western Hemisphere and to learn about the life, biodiversity and people of the Amazon through other enriched activities.

Faculty from the University of Washington will present at this conference. They include:
-Dr. Lingtak-Neander Chan, PharmD, BCNSP, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy
- Dr. Jonathan Mayer, PhD, Professor of Geography, Epidemiology and International Health and Adjunct Professor, School of Medicine Divisions of Infectious Disease and Family Medicine and School of Public Health and Community Medicine Department of Health Services
- Dr. John Potter, MD, PhD, Director, International Research, Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center and Professor of Epidemiology.

Joining them will be respected ethno-botanist, James Duke, PhD, and a Wisconsin physician who gave up her U.S. practice to start and run a medical clinic in the Peruvian Amazon jungle, Dr. Linnea Smith, MD.

This program is intended for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who care about delivering quality care to patients. However, interested parties are welcome to register.

Please join us on this amazing educational journey to the Amazon rainforest. International Expeditions, a world leader in nature travel and a pioneer in Amazon program development since 1980, is the operational partner for this program. For further information call 1-800-633-4734 or A portion of the proceeds from the program registrations go to support the Amazon Medical Clinic.

Continuing Pharmacy Education
The University of Washington is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE #070-999-08-001-L04-P

This program is approved for 11.5 contact hours (11.5 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit. To receive ACPE credit, registrants must sign-in, attend the entire conference, and complete and submit an official course evaluation form at the end of the program to receive credit. No partial ACPE credit is available. Official transcripts will be mailed to participants 2-4 weeks after the conclusion of this conference.

Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Washington School of Medicine and The University of Washington School of Pharmacy. The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education
Nurses: Up to 11.5 contact hours will be awarded.
The University of Washington School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

* Provider approved as a clock hour provider by the Washington State Board of Education.

* Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (#07218) for 11.5 contact hours.

Psychologists: This offering for 11.5 contact/clock hours meets the requirements for continuing education for psychologists in Washington State. The conference is co-provided by the UW School of Nursing which qualifies as a CE program sponsor under administrative code, WAC 246-924-240(1).

Social Workers and Counselors: This offering for 11.5 contact/clock hours is co-provided by the UW School of Nursing which qualifies as a Washington State CE provider sponsor under the Washington State Administrative Code, WC 246-809-610.