Specialization, Science and Technology
The St. James Center for Comprehensive Wound and Disease Management
along with St. James Hospital and Health Centers invite you to
the first annual Wound Care SST Conference, 17-19 July 2008 at
the Marriott Chicago Oak Brook Hotel. SST stands for specialization,
science and technology.
Over the past 15 years the wound care industry has grown to be
a multi-billion dollar industry with an explosion in knowledge,
technology and basic science. The wound care clinician of 15 years
ago would spend the majority of their time treating chronic non-healing
wounds, mostly located on the lower extremity. The current wound
care practitioner is commonly asked to evaluate post-operative
wounds, traumatic surgical wounds, wounds caused by vasculitis,
infectious ulcers, and arterial wounds to name a few. In addition,
the wound practitioner is now expected to give advice to numerous
specialists who all have a basic knowledge of wound care as it
specifically relates to their own field.
The rapid expansion of growth factors, gene therapy, biological
dressings and cell therapy along with over 3,500 wound care products
and an explosion of scientific information about the molecular
basis of healing can make the job overwhelming.
Avocation to Vocation
The time has come for wound care to move from avocation to vocation.
A specialty is desperately needed with a formal medical educational
track that includes the traditional residency format that currently
is standard for fields of medicine. The fact that physicians might
become board certified in wound care in no way removes the importance
of the multidisciplinary team any more than a board certified cardiothoracic
surgeon has eliminated the need for cardiac nursing, physical therapy,
cardiologists, pharmacists, or the general internist. With an aging
society, an increase in obesity and diabetes and regulatory pressure
to control costs while maintaining quality, the time is now for
wound care to elevate its status and sit amongst the other fields
To this end, the St. James Center for Comprehensive Wound and
Disease Management at the Olympia Fields campus of St. James Hospital
proudly present the first annual Wound Care SST course.
SST Concept: “A Mini-Residency”
The concept of this conference will be different from all other
wound care courses in that the concept of wound care specialization
will permeate the entire event. The attendee will in essence, be
attending a “mini-residency” in wound care. The topics
and faculty have been selected to mirror the experience for the
wound care fellowship.
The St. James Wound Care Fellowship
St. James offers the only wound care fellowship in the country
dedicated to training physicians to take care of any type of wound,
anywhere on the body with confidence. The clinical fellowship is
a one-year rotating program, which accepts physicians from internal
medicine, family medicine or surgery. The applicants will become
board certified in their primary residency and obtain a certificate
of added qualification upon completion of the fellowship. It is
the long-term goal of our program to expand the program to many
universities, and within ten years, to obtain ACGME accreditation
for the fellowship.
Enhance Clinical Practice
The wound care course is however designed to give the medical
physician, podiatrist, physical therapist, nurse, orthotist, pedorthist,
physician assistant or anyone directly involved with wound care
patients with a broad, comprehensive educational background that
will directly enhance their clinical practice.
The program is divided into three units. The first is named the “Specialization
of Wound Care”. This didactic session begins Thursday afternoon
and finishes Friday at lunch. The attendee will receive lectures
from a myriad of specialist physicians who will direct their lectures
to wound care as it relates specifically to their field of study.
In this way, the attendee will gain an insight into the world of
the physiatrist, general surgeon, vascular surgeon, plastic surgeon,
internist, infectious disease specialist, and podiatrist in a way
they often fail to achieve back at their home hospital. Often,
the wound care clinician seems at odds with several of these specialists
and often it is simply nomenclature, perceptions and the culture
of the specific field that presents the roadblocks to effective
communication and patient care.
Clinically Useful Science
The second unit of study has been termed the “Science of
Wound Care”. This section will provide the wound care practitioner
with a half-day look into the world of the biologist, chemist,
and researcher. The topics are academically challenging but the
faculty has been instructed to make the topics clinically useful.
The final didactic section is entitled the “Technology of
Wound Care”. In this portion of the meeting the attendee
will be exposed to a host of new product developments in the field
of wound care.
The program is scheduled for three days in the inaugural year
and with your input we anticipate the program evolving into one
of the leading wound care meetings in the country.
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