Mini Med 2018 On YouTube!

Did you miss 2018’s Mini Medical School? Watch it on YouTube!

The 2018 Mini Medical School program, a collaboration between the Delaware Academy of Medicine and Christiana Care Health System, concluded in April, with six lectures and hundreds of eager-to-learn attendees. For the first time in the annual program’s history, the lectures have been captured on video and are now available for viewing on YouTube.

Watch here!

Innovative Discoveries Series

Nurse Practitioners and Healthcare Delivery: A Program of Policy-Focused Outcomes Research

As a result of population changes and policy reform, models of care delivery are evolving. These changes will inevitably affect how we use the existing workforce to provide patient care. Multidisciplinary models of care are an important component of high-quality and efficient care delivery, and nurse practitioners (NPs) are playing an increasing role in both primary care and specialty settings. From 2008-2016, NPs in primary care increased by 44% with NPs constituting almost one quarter of primary care providers in 2016. Similar trends were seen in specialty settings with almost 1 in 5 practices employing an NP by 2016. This presentation will examine trends in NP employment in ambulatory practices and discuss these findings within the context of current practice and reimbursement policies.

Presented By:

Hilary Barnes, PhD, APRN
Assistant Professor, University of Delaware, School of Nursing

Free!  Lunch will be served!

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.


Friday, July 20, 2018
Noon to 1 p.m.
In-person: Christiana Hospital, Value Institute, Room 1100
Online: Watch live at
Or join meeting ID 361095905 on the BlueJeans app on your smartphone or tablet

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Upcoming Lectures:

July 27, 2018: Firearm Violence in Wilmington
August 17, 2018: Increasing Follow-Up Attendance After Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Stays: An mHealth Approach

Statement on Vaccines

Vaccines Continue to be Tested and Proven Safe

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2017). American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines. Retrieved from

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Infant Immunizations FAQs. Retrieved from

Institute of Medicine. (2004). Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism. Retrieved from

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2015).  Thimerosal in Vaccines: Questions and Answers. Retrieved from

In light of recent claims by politicians or appointees that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, or contain dangerous products like Thimerosal, the public health community and the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association continue to come down on the side of science.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research is responsible for regulating vaccines in the United States.  Before a vaccine can be licensed for public use, it must be tested for safety in the laboratory, in animals, and in human clinical trials.  Human clinical trials include looking for common adverse events in a few participants (phase 1), several hundred volunteers looking for local reactions and general side effects like fever (phase 2), and establishing the effectiveness of the vaccine and determining less common side effects with thousands of participants (phase 3).  If a vaccine is to be given at the same time as another vaccine, the two vaccines are tested together (FDA, 2015).  If a dangerous effect is found, that vaccine is not licensed for public use.

Vaccines are continuously monitored following licensure by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which is run by both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The VAERS is a national system that collects all reports of adverse events following vaccination.  Phase 4 clinical studies are also conducted to further evaluate the new vaccine, and population based studies are conducted through the use of databases like the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) for the lifetime of the use of the vaccine (FDA, 2015).

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Immunization Safety Review Committee “favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism” (IOM, 2004).  Despite this finding, “all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age or younger and marketed in the U.S. contain no thimerosal or only trace amounts” (FDA, 2015).

“Infants and young children who follow immunization schedules that spread out shots – or leave out shots – are at risk of developing diseases during the time that shots are delayed” (CDC, 2016). Vaccines “keep communities healthy, and protect some of the most vulnerable in our society” (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017).  The Delaware Academy of Medicine will continue to advocate for vaccines and vaccine use in the state of Delaware and the United States.

CCHS Global Health Residency Track


Please join us for the 2018 “Introduction to Global Health” lecture to kick off the 2018 – 2019 lecture series!
The Global Health Residency Tracks of Christiana Care Health System, in partnership with the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association, are pleased to invite you to this month’s global health talk.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
5:30 – 6:30 pm
LIVE: Ammon Medical Education Center Room 14 (broadcast to Room 2 in the Brandywine Conference Center at Wilmington Hospital).

Adventures in global health: an introduction

We provide our annual introduction to global health, including the principles of medical volunteerism, public health impact, and sustainability.  This discussion also highlights the pitfalls and challenges of serving abroad, and reviews ethical ways of engaging with partners in developing settings.

We will explore this set of global health disciplines through the lens of tropical diseases, specifically the eradication of polio.  Dr. Khan will highlight lessons learned in the field, in particular from his co-authored book with Tim Brookes, “The End of Polio?”

Suggested (fun) readings ahead of time are:

Speaker: Dr. Omar Khan
President & CEO, Delaware Health Sciences Alliance
Physician Leader, Research Administration & Scientific Affairs, Christiana Care Health System
President, Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association


The CCHS Global Health Curriculum is an interdepartmental collaboration, supporting the Global Health Tracks in the Depts. of Medicine and Family Medicine, and the Med-Peds Residency, with the support of the Delaware Academy of Medicine, Delaware Public Health Association, and Delaware Academy of Family Physicians.

There is no charge to attend this event, but registration is required. Food and Refreshments will be served.

Future Talks