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Continuing Education

CE Presentations, Courses and Self-study Guides List from: Jim Cooper ,PhD,RPh, BCPS, CGP, FASCP, Emeritus Professor, College of Pharmacy and Consultant Pharmacist, UGa and President, Consultant Press and Director of Education for Senior Health Consulting Alliance at or 706-769-7586 and

Please consider the following topics for future meetings via live or teleconference format, articles and home self-study. (All are PowerPoint or Word Files. Some are extensive handouts + slides. I would be glad to give more detailed objectives on any topic). There may be some industry support for selected topics.

1. ADRs Interventions in Older Adults (1-2 hrs)
Goal and objectives: to review the drugs that are most likely to cause adverse drug reactions in older adults. Patient, drug and history factors that should be considered. Intervention strategies and their outcomes are presented.

2. NSAID and Platelet Affecting Agent Interventions (1-2hrs)
Goal and objectives: to enable the clinician to recognize appropriate and inappropriate use of NSAIDs and platelet affecting agents. Case intervention methods and outcomes with case examples and associated costs.

3.Fall Risk and Medication Interventions (1-2 hrs.)
Goal and objectives: to develop drug intervention methods that minimize psychoactive drug load and increase ambulation potential of older adults. Conversion algorithms that decrease fall and other ADR risk by 75 to 90%. Case examples and cost considerations.

4. Drug-related Problems in Older Adults- Consulting Opportunities for the Health Care Practitioner (1-2hrs)
Goal and objectives- To review areas of drug misuse, underutilization and adverse reactions with case examples and health care costs and outcomes with case examples.

5. Infectious Disease Review ( 2, or 6-30 hrs)
Goal and Objectives- To review assessment and treatment by bugs and drugs in each body site, upper and lower respiratory tract, genitourinary tract, GI tract, skin and soft tissue, cardiovascular, and CNS infections and operative procedures that require antiinfective prophylaxis, immunizations and immunity. 166 page handout and 103 study questions, numerous color slides of ID entities.

6. Oncology Review (6-20 hrs)-
A review of all current chemotherapeutic agents, treatment of chemo ADRs and chemo plans for the most common solid and hematologic malignancies. 128 page handout, Over 200 study questions.

7. Lab test review (2-15 hrs)-
Review of all common lab tests, drug levels and associated physical findings with case examples. 90 page handout and 127 study questions. A 15-hour self study course may be available for CE credit in 2008 at or

8. Falls and Osteoporosis interventions (1-2 hrs)
A review of all OP types, therapy, an assessment tool, correlation with fall-related injuries and cases.

9. Dementia, Delirium and Depression (1-2 hrs)
A review of assessment and treatment with assessment scales, emphasizing place of psychoactive “load” reduction, cognition enhancing meds, antidepressants and antipsychotics and anti-agitation meds.

10. Practical Pain Management of Geriatric Patients (1-2 hrs).
A review of pain assessment in cognitively intact and impaired older adults and place of peripheral agents, opioids and adjunctive therapy with cases and costs.

11. Inappropriate Medication Use in the Older Adult (1-2hrs)-
A review of “Beer’s III list of medications that should be avoided, why they should be avoided and what medications or non-pharmacologic alternatives may be preferred with case examples and references. Dr. Cooper is co-author of the 3rd iteration of this list, which was published in the 8 Dec 03 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. Free 76-slide download as .pdf file under Coop’s Corner at web site.

12.Safe Medication Use in the Older Adult (1-2 hrs)-
A consumer-oriented presentation intended to “train-the-trainer” for all health care practitioners who wish to present to older groups and encourage safe drug use- free 48 slide set on website under “Coop’s Corner” section.

13. A team Approach to Reducing Urinary Incontinence (UI) and Falls in Nursing Facility Patients. (1-2 hrs).
A review of type of incontinence, drugs both causing and treating UI and the relationship between UI and falls with case solutions.

14. Assessment and Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus in the Older Adult (1-2 hrs)
. A review of risk factors, assessment and treatment agents with case studies.

15.Recognizing and Treating Depression in the Older Adult (1-2 hrs).
A practical approach to depression and co-morbid anxiety, sleep disorders , dementia and psychosis with case studies.

18. Legal, Regulatory and Risk Management of Psychoactive drugs in long-term care (1-2 hrs).
A review of quality indicators, OBRA mandates and safest psychoactives to use in LTC.

19.OBRA Mandate to Minimize Antipsychotic, Benazodiazepine and Inappropriate Drug Use (1 hr).
A review of interventions needed to comply with current intervention regulatory standards. A useful inservice for consultant pharmacists to give to their facilities. A 36 slide set is given free to all participants.

20.NSAID Gastropathy Prevention-(1-1.5hrs)
A detailed approach to prevention of NSAID gastropathy with cases, risk assessment methods and outcome measures.

21.GERD and PUD Management Update-(1-2 hr)
Overview of treatment options with cases and alogorithm to best manage this common gastropathy.

22. What Nurses and Consultant Pharmacists need to know about depression in nursing facility residents- (1.5 hrs.)
Practical approach to assessment of depression, dementia and anxiety in the nursing facility,

23. The Fallacy of the “nine of more meds” is Polypharmacy Quality Indicator for LTC-(1 hr).
A rebuttal of this quality indicator with co-mobidity considerations and cases.

24. Medication Management Systems and Pharmacist Intervention Strategies for the Long-Term Care Resident. (1-2 hrs.)
A review of newer drug distribution systems for the assisted living and personal care resident. Medication mishaps , adverse drug reaction and interactions most commonly seen are detailed. A safe medication slide series that is intended to be shared with senior groups is previewed. The cognitive services of cognition, depression, falls and fracture, osteoporosis and gastropathy assessment, prevention and intervention are also discussed. Case examples and websites are included.

25.Atypical vs. Conventional Antipsychotics (APs) in the Older Adult- (1.5-2 hrs.)
A review of the latest data on why conventional APs may be less effective and safe than atypicals and what differences appear to exist between atypicals in terms of both efficacy and cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, diabetes, EPS, falls and fall- related injuries. Case examples and my AP studies are included.

26.Behavioral Management and the Updated Beer’s Criteria for 2007- (1-2 hrs).
A review of all inappropriate drugs in LTCFs that form the basis for the CMS F-329 tag, emphasizing agitation and harmful behavior management with both non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic methods, with case examples and inappropriate agents.

27.Consultant Pharmacy and Long-Term Care Patients- A 20-hour
(2.0 CEU) self study course from UGa at that is also offered to all Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy as an introduction to the area and to all persons considering consultant pharmacy. Need for services, standards, functions, drug distribution systems, med errors, lab tests, drug regimen review, clerkship guidelines, inappropriate drugs, safe medication use and drug utilization review. A 150-page text with 150 self- study questions. 20 hours of CE credit from UGa post-grad CE available ONLY through Also offered to pharmacy undergraduate for 2 semester hours elective credit at UGa.

28. A Geriatrics Medication Management Course (30 hrs)-
This guide and certificate course was developed for students, residents, fellows and colleagues on a geriatrics service or senior care area such as the pharmacy or primary care clinic as a quick guide for important points regarding practical drug use in older adults-please always consult complete references before recommending, prescribing or modifying drug therapy. The guide has 200 case-based questions embedded in the various sections for those who would like to earn CE credit or simply apply the materials. CE Credit- The UGa College of Pharmacy is the pharmacy CE provider for the 30 hour (3.0 CEU) course in geriatric pharmacy that is part of this guide See Also offered for 3 semester hours credit as undergraduate elective at UGa.

29. Medication Therapy Management by the Pharmacist
– A free 160-slide presentation available at the web site under Coop’s Corner.

30. COPD management. A 1-2 hours overview of COPD, the GOLD and ATS guidelines for treatment.

31. Secondary Stroke Prevention and Treatment-
A 1-2 hour of stroke prevention and drug treatment, emphasizing the ischemic type of CVA.

32. Practical Cost-Savings from Medication Regimen Review (MRR) and Medication Therapy Management Services (MTMS)-
A 1-2 hour overview of the most recent findings on costs saved by MRR and MTMS recommendations acceptance and costs lost by rejection of those recommendations, with practical case examples. Review of the pharmacoeconomic principles of cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness and cost-analysis.

33. Chronic Constipation (CC) Assessment and Treatment in Long-Term Care(1-2 hrs)
An overview of the drug and non-drug factors in CC and latest drugs to treat CC. Includes chapter on CC written by me as part of text on GI problems in the elderly.

I realize that these are brief descriptions, but can certainly give more detailed objectives on any topic of interest. Thank you for this consideration. Sincerely, Jim Cooper, RPh, PhD, BCPS, CGP, FASCP (706) 769-7586 or