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American College of Chest Physicians funds COPD training

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 · Volume: XLIII · Issue: 21

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Sandra Adams, M.D., M.S., received the American College of Chest Physicians Distinguished Scholar Award. She will create Web programs that teach primary care providers about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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Sandra Adams, M.D., M.S., received the American College of Chest Physicians Distinguished Scholar Award. She will create Web programs that teach primary care providers about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.clear graphic

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Contact: Will Sansom, 210-567-2579

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 31, 2010) — A $150,000 grant will enable Sandra Adams, M.D., M.S., of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, to create Web programs that teach primary care providers about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

COPD, a lung disorder, is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States and is a top cause of disability. More than 12 million Americans have received a diagnosis of COPD and another 12 million may be undiagnosed, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

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As a critical care physician, Dr. Adams cares for seriously ill patients at University Hospital and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Audie L. Murphy Division. She has received numerous teaching awards at the Health Science Center, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, and her research has promoted the concept of utilizing the Chronic Care Model in patients with COPD. This model identifies essential characteristics of high-quality care of patients with COPD and other chronic diseases.

Distinguished Scholar Award
The Distinguished Scholar Award, presented by the Chest Foundation of the American College of Chest Physicians, will fund development of patient scenario videos and other interactive features to help health care providers choose steps to treat COPD.

The award has been conferred only twice before, both times to internationally known pulmonary critical care physicians. Dr. Adams serves on the education committee of the American College of Chest Physicians and on the program committee for Chest 2011, the college’s international annual meeting.

Dr. Adams teaches nine pulmonary critical care fellows a year, in addition to medical residents rotating through the critical care units of the hospitals. She also teaches second- and fourth-year medical students.

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UT Medicine San Antonio is the clinical practice of the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. With more than 700 doctors — all faculty from the School of Medicine — UT Medicine is the largest medical practice in Central and South Texas, with expertise in more than 60 different branches of medicine. Primary care doctors and specialists see patients in private practice at UT Medicine’s clinical home, the Medical Arts & Research Center (MARC), located in the South Texas Medical Center at 8300 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio 78229. Most major health plans are accepted, and there are clinics and physicians at several local and regional hospitals, including CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, University Hospital and Baptist Medical Center. Call 210-450-9000 to schedule an appointment, or visit the website at www.UTMedicine.org for a complete listing of clinics and phone numbers.

 
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