In this video Dr. David Goldstein describes the purpose and importance of the Introduction to Autonomic Medicine Course for physicians, medical students, health care providers and patients.
Al Ruechel: Doctor Goldstein tell us about the introduction to autonomic medicine and who is this specifically for?
Dr. Goldstein: Well, I chair the education committee of the American Autonomic Society and I decided it’s time to address the gross discrepancy between the frequency, the prevalence of dysautonomia in the United States. There are so many patients with one form of dysautonomia or another and the cadre of available clinicians who are actually competent with, comfortable with evaluating those patients. How do you alleviate, how do you deal with that gross discrepancy? And I decided rather than go the route of trying to change curricula in medical schools and graduate schools which are, it’s just basically impossible. Instead let’s be more creative and put together an internet-based course. The concept is, by way of using the internet and web-based learning we can come up with a way to teach autonomic medicine to clinicians who see these patients but also a way to teach patients, students, caregivers and so forth. They all have the same resource and that’s the overall goal of this introduction to autonomic medicine.
David S. Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D
Chief, Autonomic Medicine Section
NINDS, National Institutes of Health