About Clinic Network Events
WAI-Affiliated Dementia Diagnostic Clinic Network events are part of a larger education and training plan that was developed based on input from Clinic Network members. The network’s education and training plan has two primary goals:
- Assure Wisconsin healthcare providers have access to state-of-the art information regarding accurate and timely diagnosis, treatment, and management of dementia so that persons impacted by dementia obtain the high-quality care and treatment needed to experience optimal well-being.
- Reduce the stigma of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias, particularly in communities of color, so that people impacted by dementia are more motivated to seek appropriate diagnostic and treatment services.
Key Clinic Network events include:
A Continuing Medical Education (CME) event designed to improve the diagnostic and therapeutic capability of healthcare providers who care for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The event is held annually in November; it typically draws over 250 primary care physicians, psychiatrists, neurologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers, occupational and speech therapists, researchers, case managers, and health professional students. The Update includes presentations that are research-based and showcase cutting edge best practices.
Building Applied Skills in Dementia Care
This Continuing Medical Education (CME) event meets the needs of those healthcare providers new to the diagnosis, treatment and management of dementing disorders. The event is held annually in November; it includes three forty-five-minute presentations over the course of an evening.
WAI-Affiliated Dementia Diagnostic Clinic Network Spring and Fall Meetings
Affiliate meetings are designed to train Clinic Network members in a standardized, quality dementia diagnostic process; as well as best practices in dementia care. The Fall Meeting is held in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Disease Annual Update in November. The Spring Meeting is held in conjunction with the Core Skills Training. Topics for the 4-hour meetings include network updates, network data analysis, latest updates in diagnostic processes, networking and problem-solving per discipline, sharing of best practices, a most difficult case conference, and educational sessions based on clinic network requests. The meetings are restricted to Affiliate Clinic Network Members only.
Cores Skills Training
An educational event designed to train Clinic Network members on the administration of preferred WAI guideline’s standardized brief cognitive battery tools; standardized functional, behavioral, and caregiver questionnaires; and assessment strategies for critical areas, such as safety, caregiver burden, decision-making capacity, and advance directives and end of life. This training is restricted to Affiliate Clinic Network Members only.
For more information about the Clinic Network events and WAI Dementia-Capable Presentations for Healthcare Professionals, please contact Dementia Diagnostic Clinic Network Manger Jody Krainer: phone (608) 263-6449 or email.