UCLA offers food safety course for doctors, public health professionals

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Registration is now open for UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine’s one-day conference titled, “Eat, Drink and Be Wary: Modern Foodborne Infections and Food Safety for Savvy Clinicians” set for Sept. 25, 2021.

The session will feature leading, national experts and is designed to update physicians in infectious diseases, gastroenterology, internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine and public health about modern foodborne infection and food safety on many fronts from regulatory and legal issues to the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of classic and emerging pathogens.

The UCLA “Eat, Drink and Be Wary” conference will be available through a live virtual meeting web platform. Registrants will be able to participate live during the program and will receive a virtual meeting link and password to access the virtual conference. The registrants will also be able to review recorded sessions up to three weeks following the conference.

Claire Panosian Dunavan, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at UCLA.

Dr. Claire Panosian Dunavan is a clinical professor of medicine and infectious diseases at UCLA and a past-president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She organized the event after seeing a need for more education of medical professionals about modern foodborne illness and food safety.  However, Panosian Dunavan hopes to attract a number of non-MD registrants, saying that she, “specifically designed the program (speakers, topics, etc.) with the goal of reaching a broad, hybrid audience.”

Panosian Dunavan told Food Safety News that she believes “that many other folks will also benefit from the high-quality information presented at the conference.”

Course objectives:
At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Name three key features of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 
  • Describe recent trends in the epidemiology of Salmonella, Campylobacter, norovirus and E. coli 0157:H7 and other Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STECs) 
  • Recognize acute and long-term consequences of foodborne infections 
  • Discuss the farm-to-fork movement of antimicrobial-resistant organisms in modern food chains 
  • Understand the transmission and consequences of infections from Listeria and Toxoplasma contracted during pregnancy 
  • Describe the diverse vehicles, clinical manifestations and modern treatment of foodborne botulism 
  • Cite legal and corporate consequences of major foodborne outbreaks 
  • Update knowledge of cholera vaccines currently used in international outbreaks and high-risk travelers 
  • Recognize modern epidemiology and clinical features of several foodborne parasites (Cyclospora, Anisakis, Trichinella, Angiostrongylus aka “rat lungworm”) currently seen in the U.S. 
  • Counsel patients on specific strategies to avoid foodborne infections

Registration fees

  • Practicing Physicians ($75) 
  • UC-based medical school faculty and IDAC members ($60) 
  • Fellows/Trainees/Others ($30) This includes all public health professionals.

To register for the seminar, click here.

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