F102 | Hot Topics in Medicine


2:30 - 4:00 pm


7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26

Six Sessions 

This course is offered online via the easy-to-use Zoom program.

Topics to be covered include:

7/22 | Overview of solid organ transplant—before and after COVID including with Cheryl McInnes: Transplant data (lung, liver heart, Consideration, Contraindication, Post- transplant complication, Immunosuppression and the impact of the pandemic.
Cheryl McGinnis recently joined Bay Path University as an associate professor in the BSN to DNP/FNP program.   Prior to academic roles, Dr. McGinnis spent 17 years as a nurse practitioner in pediatric and adult liver transplants and five years as administrative director of patient care services at a leading academic medical center.

7/29 | Long Covid with Aurora Benson: Discussion will include common and uncommon symptoms that may appear after Covid-19. Some symptoms are "strange".  When should one seek medical attention?  What measures can be taken?

Aurora Benson is a retired Primary Care physician in Family Medicine.  She earned her D.O. at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

8/5 | Understanding Gender Dysphoria and the Transgender Community with Diane Whitehead:  Exploration of gender dysphoria. The many domains of gender affirmation that transgender people adopt including social, medical, and surgical and current support services for people dealing with gender dysphoria will be introduced.
Diane Whitehead received her undergraduate nursing degree from Florida State University, her Master of Science in Community Health Nursing from the University of Miami, and her doctorate in education from Florida International University. She holds a second doctorate in nursing practice from Walden University. She has been actively teaching and administering associate degree, bachelor, and graduate nursing programs for many years. She is a senior core faculty and academic coordinator in the DNP program at Walden University College of Nursing. Dr. Whitehead has published in the areas of nursing leadership and management and health promotion. Her textbooks include Essentials of Nursing Leadership and Management and Leadership for the Advanced Practice Nurse, Health Promotion for Advanced Practice Nurses, Advancing Organizations through Exemplary Nursing Leadership. Dr. Whitehead serves as an OLLI mentor for the nursing program at Berkshire Community College and is a Fellow in the Academy of Nurse Educators.

8/12 | Aduhelm: A Case Study of Drug Approval Controversies with Ben Liptzin

Dr. Benjamin Liptzin is a retired geriatric psychiatrist who was Chair of Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center for 25 years.  He is also Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus and recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award at Tufts School of Medicine.  He directed a Memory Disorders Program and conducted clinical trials of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease.

8/19 | Our Changing Healthcare Environment – Updates / Changing Trends with Gordon Josephson: Review of trends in healthcare over the past 12-18 months.

Gordon Josephson, MD, MPH is a retired emergency physician and Chief Operating Officer of Baystate Medical Practices, a multi specialty group practice of over 600 physicians and advanced practitioner clinicians, a division of Baystate Health in Springfield, MA.  Dr. Josephson holds a medical degree from SUNY Downstate and  a Master's of Public Health from Harvard University. He serves on OLLI’s Board, as its Vice President and chairs OLLI’s Governance Committee.

8/26 | The History of Vaccines 1796-2020 with Shirin Nash:  The story of viral vaccines from the discovery of animal viruses preventing human disease to vaccine development using killed or attenuated viruses, genetically engineered vaccines and the mRNA Covid vaccines which have prevented hospitalizations and death in the current global pandemic.  This story will be about the technologies and the scientists who pioneered these efforts, many of whom were rewarded with a Nobel Prize.

Shirin Nash is a retired Pathologist who earned her medical degree in Mumbai, India and completed her residency in Pathology in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She subsequently completed a clinical and research fellowship in Gastrointestinal and Hepatic pathology at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is a published author in her field of expertise and has held academic and teaching appointments at several institutions in Massachusetts.  Dr Nash was the founding director of the Pathology Residency Program at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA, (1993-2001).  Dr. Nash was the Founding partner of New England Pathology Associates, P.C. (2002), a member of multiple hospital and Board committees, (2002-2017), served as Community Outreach Coordinator for the Sr. Caritas Cancer Center (2018-2020) and as Physician Liaison for Community Health and Well Being at Mercy Medical Center/Trinity Health of New England, (2015-2017). Dr Nash was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, MA. (2018).  Dr. Nash currently serves on the board of Trustees at Mercy Medical Center/Trinity Health of New England.

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