Month: June 2018

FLUENT Study Enrollment Closing — Act Now!

The FLUENT study will be closing enrollment at the end of the month, on June 30, 2018! Those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who are interested in trying Gilenya (fingolimod) for the first time may be eligible to participate. The study simply asks for a few questionnaires and a blood draw at baseline and at the standard 1m, 3m, 6m, and 12m follow-up office visits to help learn more about how this medicine affects the immune system.

Neurology Advisor reports patients who have previously tried one or more injectable therapy (iDMTs) may still see improvement with a switch to a Gilenya pill once a day! Read it here.

Need more information? Check out this website or this one to learn more about these studies. 

If you or anyone you know are interested in learning more about this trial, feel free to call our Research Director, Lindsay, at 703-313-9111 ext. 107, or email her at Lindsay@integratedneurologyservices.com.

 

Safety Awareness

 

wear a helmet

Every year National Safety Awareness is observed in June to minimize injury and death on the road, at home, and at work. Injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 40. The good news? Everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries. 

This June, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like preventing poisonings, transportation safety, and slips, trips, and falls.

  • Poisonings: Nine out of 10 poisonings happen right at home. You can be poisoned by many things, like cleaning products or another person’s medicine.
  • Transportation safety: Doing other activities while driving – like texting or eating – distracts you and increases your chance of crashing. Almost 1 in 6 crashes (15%) where someone is injured involves distracted driving.
  • Slips, trips, and falls: One in 4 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones or a head injury.

Raising awareness about safety issues can reduce the risk of injuries by being better prepared. Check out some of these resources to learn more about safety preparedness:

Take some classes to learn skills like CPR and first aid

Get downloadable material about safety awareness

Julie- Best of Luck!

a picture with our med student intern.

 

We had the honor and privilege of having Julie work with us for two weeks for her neurology rotation. We wish her the best of luck in her pursuit of higher education and know that she will be an amazing doctor. We will miss you and hope you’ll come to visit us! 

 

 

Dear Dr. Fishman,

Let me start out by saying what a fantastic 2 weeks I had with you! With sincere honesty, out of all 3rd and 4th year clinicals, this was by far my favorite rotation. I certainly had an interest in neurology coming in but your passion for the specialty and dedication to your patients, along with your teaching, were really inspiring. As you noted, a preceptor can shape a student’s perspective….and I am now thinking about possibly pursuing neurology further. 

Thank you for being such a wonderful role model. You are talented when it comes to teaching–your passion and great degree of knowledge were so impressive to me. But perhaps what was even more impressive was your respect for and commitment to your patients. (Having a brother with MS, this especially hit home.) I enjoyed partaking in your interactions with them in that you demonstrated the kind of relationship, a therapeutic alliance, that I hope to one day have with my patients. You not only shared your expertise but also listened compassionately each time to their thoughts and concerns–something that makes a great physician. When the pre-med student came in concerned his headaches represented a malignancy, for example, you put him at ease with reassurance and ordering of a scan.

I feel truly privileged to have had these 2 weeks with you. I have a tremendous level of respect for you and the amazing work you do every day. Thank you for all that you have taught me–whether it be neurology or just clinical pearls of medicine. 

I look forward to staying in touch, and will certainly send your way all those I know in search of a great neurologist.

Warmly,
Julie

Ps. Thank you for my FAVORITE new tool–my reflex hammer! I have been testing all the reflexes in my household and will now (at least look like I) know what I am doing on my neuro rotation at UVA…! 🙂