"ED Recovery on Campus"

Webinar Series

 

 

The ED Recovery on Campus Webinar Series will feature nationally renowned speakers from across the country. This training initiative is designed to provide the most up-to-date information on best-practice care for college students seeking eating disorder treatment from their on-campus health care practitioner.

 

Presentations and corresponding materials will address the following topics: assessment, screening measures, intervention techniques, medical complications, co-occurring substance-use disorders, referrals to higher levels of care, and case management guidelines unique to this clinical population. (Topics for future webinars will be determined by our University Advisory Board).

 

 

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PRESENTATION SUMMARIES:

 

 

JENNIFER L. GAUDIANI, MD, CEDS, FAED

Founder and Medical Director of the Gaudiani Clinic

 

Practitioners who work in university settings often encounter students who have a history of an eating disorder, are beginning to manifest disordered eating, or who have a full-blown eating disorder presently. From doctors to nurses and NP/PAs, from mental health professionals to dietitians, all can benefit from a high-yield summary of the medical complications of caloric restriction and/or purging.

 

 

Medical Complications of Caloric Restriction & Eating Disorders:

Essentials for the University Setting

 

Because eating disorders are ego syntonic, students may resist diagnosis, treatment, or referral to eating disorder specialists, convinced by the insidious eating disorder voice that they are "fine." In this 30 minute webinar, Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED, will review some epidemiology of eating disorders, broadly examine what happens to a body that is starving, and more specifically discuss vital sign abnormalities, GI dysfunction, menstrual irregularity and bone density implications, and when to refer a student to specialists. All these topics will be placed in the context of how to communicate findings and concerns most productively and compassionately with each student after their medical examination has been completed.

 

 

Medical Complications of Purging & Eating Disorders:

Essentials for the University Setting

 

Patients who purge, of all shapes and sizes, can become life-threateningly ill in a short period of time, due to electrolyte and fluid shift sequelae of vomiting, abusing laxatives, or abusing diuretics. Some patients engage in severe enough purging behaviors to warrant discontinuation of school and admittance to a higher level of eating disorder care...whether they have severe hypokalemia, hyponatremia, and hypercarbia, or whether their lab values remain normal despite purging. In this 30 minute webinar, Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS,  FAED, will review essential information about the medical complications of purging, from electrolytes, to severe rebound edema when purging stops, to GI issues, and when to refer a student to specialists. As with the webinar on the medical complications of caloric restriction, all topics will be placed in the context of how to communicate findings and concerns most productively and compassionately with each student after their medical examination has been completed.

 

 

Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED, is the Founder and Medical Director of the Gaudiani Clinic. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, she completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard, medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, and her internal medicine residency and chief residency at Yale. From 2008 to 2016, she was one of the leaders of the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health, the nation's top medical stabilization center for adults with eating disorders who are too medically compromised to receive care in a mental health setting. She left as its Medical Director to found the Gaudiani Clinic, which provides superb outpatient medical care to patients with eating disorders and disordered eating, of all shapes and sizes. Through a collaborative, communicative, multi-disciplinary approach, the Clinic cares for the whole person, in the context of their values. She has lectured nationally and internationally, is widely published in the scientific literature as well as on blogs, and sits on the board of IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals) as the only internist. Dr. Gaudiani is one of very few outpatient internists in the US who carries the Certified Eating Disorder Specialist designation.

 

 

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