SOURCE: OR-Live, Inc.

July 02, 2008 07:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive and Methodist University Hospital Presents: Brain Tumor Board Webcast Series

Interactive, Educational Forum Focuses on Improving Patient Care

MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwire - July 2, 2008) - Methodist University Hospital, home to one of the busiest neuroscience institutes in the country, is making an innovative breakthrough in medicine by presenting the Virtual Brain Tumor Board Webcast series, beginning Wednesday, July 2, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Central Daylight Time on www.methodisthealth.org/virtualbrain.

The Virtual Brain Tumor Board webcast series is the first program of its kind. It expands on the universal tumor board concept by providing a platform where a multi-disciplinary team of experts made up of various specialties within the neuroscience field including neurosurgeons, pathologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and neuro interventional radiologists present and review difficult clinical cases and collaborate together to create the best treatment plan for each patient. Webcasting the tumor board to physicians across the country and around the world opens dialogue to improve cancer care by providing physicians the opportunity to get expert opinions from top-tier, highly respected neuro-oncology leaders. This exchange of ideas and collaboration will advance patient care by making the most progressive treatments accessible to all physicians.

"Our goal is to give physicians in other geographic areas the chance to receive the expertise and experience from our physicians here regarding brain tumor treatment and care for their patients," said Allen K. Sills, M.D., medical director and neurosurgeon, Methodist University Hospital.

The innovative educational platform of our Virtual Brain Tumor Board is designed to provide real-time collaboration and on-demand access to some of the most leading-edge treatments in brain tumor care. It also allows you to:

--  Earn CME credits
--  Submit your own challenging cases in advance for live review
--  Email your questions to be answered during each live event
--  Get a fast-paced case evaluation in real-time, with each event
    archived for later viewing
    

"I think making the brain tumor conference available online is a great idea for physicians who live in rural areas and are not near academic centers," stated Frederick Harris, M.D., neurosurgeon, Duluth Clinic, Duluth, Minnesota. "It allows them to have access to expert opinions and also to have the ability to see the multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of brain tumors."

The Virtual Brain Tumor Board Webcasts will be the first Wednesday of each month starting July 2nd and will continue for five consecutive months through November at 7 a.m. Central Daylight Time.

Visit: http://www.methodisthealth.org/virtualbrain to learn more as well as view a preview for this upcoming event. Upon approval, this activity will be accredited for CME credit. There is no fee for participation in this CME activity.

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