Master Classes

Updated: Sep 2019


Doris Christiansen 2015

Master Class Details

Please familiarize yourself with the opportunities available.  Each master class will have between 20 and 30 participants.  Each participant will have the option to choose 4 different master classes.  Participants must attend all four master classes in order to receive a certificate of attendance.

The registration and selection of master classes will take place on Friday evening at the conference site.  For each master class, there will be a station where a participant may register for a specific class.  Selection of master classes will be on a first come basis until the class roster is filled.

Plenary Sessions & List of Master Classes for 2019

Additional detials will be provided as speakers make them available. Please check back. Generally closer to the event we have a more complete list. You need to read through the entire list. 

Master Classes 2019

Rick Paul, M.D., General Thoracic Surgeon, Netherlands – Acute abdomen for non-surgeons. Everyone meets patients with acute abdominal pain. But how to make a (presumed) diagnosis with limited diagnostic tools? Which patient to refer to a surgeon? Which patients are “emergencies”? This workshop is on “decision making”. It will help you to know what to do.

Ifeanyi Onah, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, HCFI, Nigeria – Management of Acute Injuries to the Hand – In this master class assessment and management of injuries to the hand will be discussed. Examination technique of the hand will be demonstrated.

Kirsty Leiper, M.D., Family Medicine, Scotland – Bad News is Bad News But You Can Share It Well. Breaking bad news is never easy and many doctors avoid it. Through role play this interactive workshop will demonstrate kind, truthful and empathic behaviours that can support the patient and family. It will offer strategies to help the doctor organise their thoughts and ways of responding to difficult physical, emotional and spiritual questions.”

Bernt Lindtjørn, International Health, Norway – Malaria, A Major Public Health Problem.  The aim of this class is to learn the basics about one of the most important diseases in low and middle income countries. The lecture will present an overview of the clinical picture, how the disease is treated and current efforts to prevent the spread of the disease.

Rita Girard, Obstetrics/Gynecologist, USA – Maternity Toolkit: Preventing Pregnancy Related Death. Worldwide, one woman dies every four minutes from pregnancy related death. These highly preventable deaths are usually related to practitioner errors – our incomplete, delayed, or inappropriate management. In this course, let’s learn how to improve these statistics together. Learn how you can be prepared for these events; get hands-on practice of the preventive skills developed by the World Health Organization and endorsed by the International Federation of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO); practice estimating amounts of blood loss at delivery, and learn the tools you need to treat these emergencies and save precious lives.

Noel Aruparayil, General Surgeon, United Kingdom – Basic Surgical Skills. The masterclass will give you an opportunity to understand basic principles of surgery, instruments, sutures, knot tying techniques and suturing. I will be using the Royal College of Surgeons of England curriculum to deliver the surgical skills training. You will also have hands-on experience to tie surgical knots and practice suturing technique.

Pauline Rajan, Radiologist, United Kingdom – Radiology of a Cough. This masterclass will predominantly focus on the pearls and pitfalls of CXR interpretation with CT correlation where appropriate.

Yulia Starodubets, Pediatrician, Krygstan/Ukraine – Congenital Heart Diseases in Children: How to Make the Correct Diagnosis. We will remember how amazing and logical God designed of human heart. We will look at the most common congenital heart defects and understand its pathophysiology. After it we will define clinical features of defects and prognosis. Early diagnostic by only clinical manifestations and proper understanding of problem can be warranty of early help to patient. During class we will draw human heart and heart with defects and can practice some clinical skills in examination of cardiovascular system.

June Johnson – Living with a colostomy – Through photos, a take home handout and discussion we will cover what a colostomy is, what life changes there are for the patient, usual complications and the different equipment related to having an ostomy. There will even be time for ‘hands on’ practice in applying a colostomy pouch.

Daniel Rajan,  Trauma and Orthopedic Surgeon, United Kingdom – Patho-anatomy of Ankle Injuries
This masterclass will concentrate on the clinical and physical examination of the foot and ankle along with a discussion of the pathoanatomy of ankle fractures.

Erin Arant, Occupational Therpist, USA/Ukraine – Integrating Principles of Occupational Therapy in your Practice to Improve Patient Centered Care. At the center of your practice is the patient. When there are multiple interactions with patients every day, it is easy to forget to acknowledge their individuality and to use them to guide treatment. This workshop will introduce the profession of occupational therapy, highlighting key principles and give practical steps to implement them in your future medical practice to improve the quality of patient centered care.

Jim Peipon, Pediatrician, USA/Ukraine – The Challenge of Caring for People with Disabilites – In this master class participants will learn and discuss issues patients and families face when confronted with a child born with a disability or an adult family member who becomes disabled. They will learn how to give families hope in what appears to be medically hopeless diagnoses.

Anna Titova, Cardiologist, Ukraine – Principles of EKG Interpretation – Participants will learn the principles of EKG interpretation and learn to recognize common EKG abnormalities.

Dmitro Lebedynets, Neurologist, Ukraine

James Patrick Daughterty, Oncologist, USA – Lessons learned from Caring for Oncology Patients.
In this master class we will use case studies from patients treated and cared for at the Northwest Alabama Cancer Center emphasizing best practices and Whole Person medical care.

Innessa Ishkova, Opthalmologist, Ukraine – The Eye in Clinical Practice of a Non-ophthalmologist.
We will simulate and talk about primary eye care in general practice, basic equipment, algorithms of actions, referral letters and screening asymptomatic patients (children and adults).

Pablo Fernandez, Pharmaceutical Physician, United Kingdom – Clinical Research in Practice. In this master class participants will learn principles of how to conduct and be involve in clinical research while being a medical practioner.

Dominic Benjamin, Geriatric Medicine, India – Healthy Ageing in the Changing World. As the population of the world ages and opportunities to extend life advance how to maintain health is a crucial concern. In this master class students will discuss and learn 1) the physical aspects of ageing, 2)the psychological challenges with ageing, 3) the social issues with ageing, and 4) spirituality and ageing.

Manfred Weiser, Dermatologist, Austria – The truth and the non-truth in a doctor´s office – How can we get reliable and concrete informations from our patients? Where is it wise to try to get to the bottom of a patient´s story of his complaints? How can we detect overstatements, how can we encourage patients not to trivialize? The masterclass is not held by a professional psychologist but by a clinician who sees more than 200 patients a week. We will cover not only the classical dilemmas, why patients often are not able to tell the truth but we will also try to give advice how to improve the patient – doctor relationship. We also will give clues to young medicals how to select different types of therapy for the adequate need of each patient.

Mike Sostok, M.D. Internal Medicine, USA – SAD/MAD/BAD: Effective Management of Three Difficult Patients. Managing patients safely and effectively is challenging. Managing patients that present with unique difficulties makes the task even more complex. During this inter-active, workshop, participants will develop evidence-based knowledge and skills to recognize three different types of “difficult patients”, identify their unique healthcare needs and design strategies to provide cost effective, safe and compassionate care. Participants will use a variety of multi-media and team-based learning activities/resources to achieve the goals of this session. Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, the participant will be able to: 1) Recognize three commonly encountered types of “difficult patient”,  2) Distinguish between the patient’s “perceived need” vs. “actual need” during a clinical encounter. 3) Develop a management plan for each patient that balances efficacy, safety, cost and compassion.