Osteoporosis Educational Presentations

Introduction

We are deeply committed to educating healthcare providers and the public on issues relating to osteoporosis and bone metabolism. Our physicians are board certified in internal medicine, certified in bone densitometry by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry, and on the clinical faculty at University of New Mexico School of Medicine. They are clinicians with a consultative practice in osteoporosis, researchers investigating new treatments for osteoporosis, and educators with an interest in a variety of osteoporosis-related topics. They have lectured on osteoporosis and taught bone densitometry courses throughout the US. Our trained bone densitometry technologists and staff members are also skilled osteoporosis educators.

Speakers

Dr. Lewiecki and Dr. Rudolph have prepared osteoporosis educational presentations for healthcare professionals and the public. Staff members have presentations targeted to staff of other healthcare providers and the public. Upon request, a CV, biography, disclosure statement, and sample introduction will be provided for Dr. Lewiecki or Dr. Rudolph.

Presentations

Each presentation typically takes 40-50 minutes and is usually followed by open time for questions and answers. The presentations are frequently revised to reflect advances in the field. The length and format may be adjusted as needed. Other presentations can be developed to meet the requirements of the audience.

Audiovisual

Most presentations are given by PowerPoint with a laptop computer. We will provide the computer and laser pointer, and may be able to bring a projector, depending on availability. We request that you provide a screen, appropriate audio equipment, and an LCD projector when necessary, unless other arrangements are made in advance. Some presentations can be made with a standard carousel slide projector.

Handouts

Upon request, a printout of the PowerPoint presentation and supporting educational materials can be provided in advance, so that they can be copied and distributed to the audience.

Contact

For scheduling, arrangement of sponsorship for presentations, or additional information, contact Yvonne Brusuelas, Osteoporosis Education Coordinator, at telephone 505-855-5525, fax 505-884-4006, or email ybrusuelas@nmbonecare.com. Due to the great demand for osteoporosis presentations, we appreciate scheduling as far in advance as possible.

Topics for Presentation

“The Osteoporosis Revolution.”
This is a very popular talk for the public- civic organizations, retirement centers, the elderly, mid-life groups, and even high schools. Osteoporosis is a disorder that impacts all of us, either directly through low bone density and osteoporotic fractures, or indirectly by contact with friends or relatives. Osteoporosis results in a tremendous cost to society from health care expenses, loss of productivity, pain, disability, and even death. The definition, consequences, recognition, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis are presented.

“Celiac Disease and Osteoporosis.”
Patients with intestinal malabsorption due to gluten-induced enteropathy, inflammatory bowel disease, or short bowel syndrome are at high risk for osteoporosis and fractures. General information about osteoporosis is presented; current research is reviewed; and evaluation and treatment is covered.

“Transplantation Osteoporosis.”
Patients with organ transplants are at high risk for osteoporosis due to chronic debilitating illness, nutritional factors, and immunosuppressive medications. Resulting osteoporotic fractures may impair lifestyle and cause loss of independence, despite a successful transplant. Prevention and treatment of transplantation osteoporosis is discussed, and protocols for managing this problem are presented.

“Nutrition and Osteoporosis.”
Nutritional factors play an important role in the development of peak bone mass and in preventing bone loss later in life. Dietary and supplemental intake of important minerals and vitamins is discussed. The evidence for nutritional involvement with bone metabolism is presented.

“Osteoporosis in Persons with Disabilities.”
It is often not recognized that persons with disabilities are at high risk for osteoporosis. Fractures resulting from osteoporosis can cause even greater disability and loss of independence. The importance of this problem to society and to individuals is presented, and approaches for management are discussed.