Dr. David Weiland on Health Care, Ethics and More

Updates on Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias

Great News, men & women are living longer! However, dementia related disease is also increasing rapidly. Alzheimer’s disease is projected to affect 14 million Americans by the year 2050. Worldwide dementias could reach 36 million. This course will provide identifying causes of cognitive decline. Participants with learn about the Age-related changes in the brain. Practical tools will be provided on tips for early diagnosis as well as those challenges. We will explore the difference between depression & dementia. The benefits and risks of the  pharmaceutical options will be discussed. We will evaluate various techniques to promote healthy lifestyles & quality of life as all stages dementia.


Exploring Ethical Conundrums in Health Care…

 The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by physicians states, “Do no harm” However, with the increasing technology & pharmaceutical options… medical decisions become more complex. The course will identify a variety of ethical dilemmas encountered in our health care settings. Participants will explore specific approaches to these complex situations. Specific case studies will be reviewed to encourage interactive discussions. We will review the appropriate of an ethics consult to assist with the interdisciplinary evaluation & management options. All healthcare providers can learn valuable insights making decisions in your personal or professional life.


Pain in the Age of Drug Diversion!

We have all experienced “Pain” which is  a multidimensional phenomenon. Pain is a common reason for individuals to seek health care.  Pain is a leading public health problem in the United States. Yet, the experience of pain is complex involving physical, emotional, and cognitive components. As the experience of pain is subjective, one must consider that the individual is seeking relief of distress and suffering. Healthcare providers often need more details regarding attitudes, and beliefs that can affect pain management.  The goal of this course to help participants to  learn both pharmaceutical & non pharmaceutical techniques to ease suffering and improve the quality of life for those living with pain.


Identifying the Biology of Laughter

The phrase, “Laughter is the Best Medicine,” actually has clinical research to prove many physiological benefits.  This course will explore both the physical and psychological changes from laughter. Participants will learn specific changes that occur in the brain, heart, lungs, digestive system as well how to boost the immune system. Discussions will review the positive and negative effects of humor with a variety of mental illnesses. Participants will learn how to use multiple creative techniques to help your clients use humor in healthy ways! Be prepared to have fun as you how to add more laughter in your personal life as well is in the clinical setting!


The Art & Heart of Compassionate Conversations

Breaking bad news is one of the most difficult responsibilities in the practice of medicine. Although virtually all physicians in clinical practice encounter situations entailing bad news. Many medical schools offer little formal training in how to discuss bad news with patients and their families. How can bad news be most compassionately and effectively delivered? The participants will learn verbal & nonverbal communication techniques to help with these conversations. Learn what questions to ask, the scheduling of the appointment and the importance of the tone of voice. Case examples on how to address the patient's emotions can help build trusting relationships with a heart of compassion. You will learn techniques to provide bad news in a positive way. The art of communication is more than speaking words!