Sharp Continuing Medical Education Newsletter Summer 2019


Safety and Security at Sharp HealthCare

Director of Security, Dennis Kaskovich, Phone (858) 499-5275

One of our top security concerns at Sharp HealthCare is “tailgating”, sometimes referred to as “piggybacking”. This is a physical security breach in which an unauthorized person follows an authorized individual to enter a secured premise. “Tailgating” is one of the most common security breaches in healthcare. It is natural for a Sharp employee and physician to share the Sharp experience by opening a door and holding it open for others, visitors without badges. The problem with this situation is that it may open our facilities to undocumented and unauthorized entry by individuals who could intend harm to our property and occupants.

People who might tailgate include disgruntled patients, former employees, thieves or people with grievances against employees, or physicians. Any of these have the potential to disrupt clinical operations, result in workplace violence or cause safety issues. Physicians are encouraged to deny people access to restricted areas without confirming employee status. Additionally, all physicians and employees are reminded to wear their Sharp badges at all times. The badge should have the picture visible and be located between the neck and the waistline. If you see someone without a badge, politely ask them for it and thank them for making Sharp a safer place to work, practice medicine and receive care. Should you have any questions, please contact your site Security Manager.

Know Your Security Team

  • Sharp Coronado Hospital and Sharp System Services, Cedric Parish, Manager, Phone (858) 499-5308;
  • Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Raymond Stanley, Manager, Phone (619) 502-5800
  • Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus, Joseph Snarponis, Manager, Phone (858) 939-6751
  • Sharp Grossmont Hospital, James Abele, Manager Phone (619) 740-5096
  • Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers, Howard LaBore, Manager, Phone (858) 499-4077

What’s New in CME

SDSU’s Online Healthcare Communication Certificate Eligible for CME Thanks to Sharp HealthCare Partnership

The Sharp HealthCare CME Department has forged a new partnership with the San Diego State University School of Communication to deliver an innovative Online Certificate in Health Communication. This new program brings together cutting edge research and skills training from health communication faculty at SDSU with practical professional development for medical professionals. The certificate program runs in a cohort model. Each module is 6 weeks long with 2 hours of learning engagement per week. Each module provides 12 CME credits. At the end of 4 completed modules, learners will have earned 48 CME credits and receive a display-quality certificate.

Track A: Patient-Provider Communication focuses on frontline communication processes and skills that healthcare providers can develop to be more effective communicators with diverse patient populations. It also includes a module on Interprofessional Communication, which focuses on effective communication in healthcare teams and other contexts that involve working across healthcare professions.

Track B: Strategic Health Communication focuses on connecting frontline healthcare communication issues within the broader issues of health promotion and behavior change. It includes ways to more effectively communicate about health risks and crises as well as how to craft effective health campaigns. This track is perfect for medical providers who serve in administrative roles and for healthcare professionals who design health promotion programs.

For more information about each module, the certificate schedule, and registration information, click here.

Physician Spotlight

Fadi Nicolas, MD, Chief Medical Officer Sharp Mesa Vista & Sharp McDonald Center

We live in a watershed moment when it comes to providing psychiatric and substance use disorders services.

On one hand, society is becoming more aware of the urgency and the need to address these disorders head on. These conditions affect everyone directly and indirectly. People are less hesitant to come forward and ask for help for themselves or their loved ones. The stakes are high, addiction in one of the major threats to young people’s lives, depression and suicide rates continue to climb.

On the other hand, our public (and private) antiquated and fragmented systems of delivering behavioral health care are stretched to the maximum; there is shortage of mental health providers and behavioral health services nationwide. One can see the effects of this shortage daily in any emergency room in this country.

When other medical systems, (public or private) in San Diego are avoiding their responsibility and running to the hills, Sharp has doubled down on its mission to be San Diego’s leader in providing excellent care for psychiatric and addiction disorders.

Our programs are unique in the San Diego psychiatric community because they combine evidence based, excellent psychiatric care with the modern infrastructure that Sharp provides (modern facilities, state of the art technology, excellent nursing care….)

One example is using telemedicine capabilities to provide psychiatric assessments after hours to our ERs in Chula Vista, Coronado and Memorial hospitals. We recently started using the same technology to provide support to our outpatient satellite programs in East County and Mid-City.

I joined the medical staff at Sharp 15 years ago. I worked at Sharp Grossmont Behavioral Health, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital and Sharp McDonald Center. Between these three facilities we have the full spectrum of psychiatric and substance abuse services and for all ages. I was always proud to be part of these excellent programs.

Recently I became the Chief Medical Officer at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital and Sharp McDonald Center. The challenge that we are facing every day is how to continue to provide evidence based, effective, yet affordable care to our community.

Online Learning Spotlight

Physician Guidelines for Screening, Evaluation & Management of Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Dementias

Provides educational curriculum addressing physician guidelines for screening, evaluation and management of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.

Active Shooter Training

An outline on actions that should be taken in response to life threatening situations.

Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease - Where are We Now and What Can We Do?

Addresses the impact of social and economic disparities that can effect health outcomes, paying particular attention to the African American community.

Psychosis and Suicide

Addresses psychosis and suicide


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Activity Spotlight

Looking Back

Clinical Trials Day Celebration

Sharp HealthCare held its inaugural Clinical Trials Day Celebration and Showcase on May 20th, 2019 from noon to 5 p.m. The goal was to present innovative research conducted at Sharp HealthCare, increase awareness of Sharp’s Research capabilities and requirements, and improve community outreach to potential research participants. The CME showcase was a success with 187 registered for attendance, 35 table displays and eight researchers presenting their studies. Congratulations to the Sharp Research Team and Director, DeAnn Cary, PhD!

Incorporating Updated Guidelines into the Management of Breast Cancer

On June 13th the Oncology Service Line hosted a CME event titled Incorporating Updated Guidelines into the Management of Breast Cancer addressing changes to the AJCC guidelines published in its 8th edition. It was a well-attended event comprised of more than 50% physician attendees, as well as various other health care professionals.

Thank you to Dr. Christy Russell from Genomic Health who gave an engaging presentation and to our Sharp physician panel comprised of Dr. Christina Casteel, Dr. Omid Bakhtar, Dr. Siavash Jabbari and Dr. Igor Medic, who provided feedback and discussion on various challenging case studies.

Looking Forward

2019 Primary Care Conference, Aloha From Kauai! December 4 - 8, 2019

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, Koloa, Hawaii. Celebrating 16 years, this year’s national conference will focus on the educational needs of primary care physicians, including family physicians, internists and any others interested in learning about the latest developments in the field of primary care medicine. Topics will include cardiology, medical oncology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, psychiatry, dermatology, emergency medicine, and pulmonology.

One of this year’s internationally renowned speakers is Jose R. Maldonado, MD, FAPM, FACFE. Dr. Maldonado is the Medical Director of Psychosomatic Medicine and Chief of Psychiatric Emergency Services and Transplant Psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center. He has been the recipient of many awards including the Franz-Köhler-Inflammation-Award from the German Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (DGAI) for extraordinary achievements in research on inflammation and its relationship to the pathophysiology of delirium.

Sharp HealthCare’s 2019 Perspectives on Glioblastoma

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sharp Spectrum Auditorium, San Diego, CA 92118. The Jim and Mary Cloud Visiting Professorship of the Laurel Amtower Cancer Institute & Neuro-Oncology Center invites neurosurgeons, radiation oncologist, oncologists, neurologists, pathologists and primary care physicians to a dinner presentation on Perspectives on Glioblastoma by Linda M. Liau, MD, PhD, MBA, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA. To register click here!

Incorporating Updated Guidelines into the Management of Breast Cancer: Cast Studies and Best Practices - George Demos and Christy Russell, MD, Genomic Health - Christina Casteel, MD, Siavash Jabbari, MD, Omar Bakhtar, MD, and Igor Medic, MD
Voicing Over CDI Education CHF - Scott Upton, MD
SGH Grand Rounds: Food is Medicine - Sabrina Falquier, MD
Clinical Trials Day Celebration - Michael Plopper, MD - Matthew Geriak, PharmD, Kris Greenwood, PhD, Brian Jaski, MD, and Charles Redfern, MD


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