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Release: March 17, 2000
Three UI Health Care specialists to lead online chats
IOWA CITY, Iowa Sharon Helt, Michael B. Cohen, M.D., and Carol Scott-Conner,
M.D., Ph.D., all with University of Iowa Health Care, will each lead separate,
hour-long, online, question-and-answer discussions in their specialty areas
with a nationwide audience Monday, March 20.
The online chats will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com home page under "Upcoming
Helt, an education consultant with the University Hospital School, will
discuss educational programming and strategies for students with disabilities
from 10 to 11 a.m. (CST). Students with disabilities should have objectives
to reach their educational goals. These should include educational programming
based on the student's individual needs and goals, and access to an array
of educational opportunities in their neighborhood schools. In addition, parents
should know their rights regarding their children's education, and educators
should be prepared to educate all students with public policy supporting the
Scott-Conner, UI staff surgeon, and professor and head of surgery, will
discuss breast pain from 1 to 2 p.m. (CST). There are many possible causes
for breast pain. The presence of discomfort associated with menses is well
recognized by women. Breast pain not associated with menses may be a frightening
experience. Recent statistics indicate that one in every seven women in the
United States develop breast cancer. Although many women think that breast
pain automatically means cancer, there is often no breast pain with breast
Cohen, UI pathologist, and professor and head of pathology, will discuss
fine needle aspiration, or biopsy from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (CST). In the fine
needle aspiration, a needle is inserted into the thyroid, and a sample of
thyroid cells and fluid is drawn into the needle. The results from the biopsy
are used to determine the presence of thyroid cancer, noncancerous tumors,
or diffuse thyroid disease.
After receiving her bachelor's degree in elementary education and her master's
degree in early childhood special education at the UI, Helt taught in the
Iowa public school system before joining the UI Health Care staff in 1991.
She is a member of the Assistive Technology Team, addressing students' argumentative
communications and computer access or appropriate software needs. She is a
1998 recipient of the Award for Staff Excellence from the Board of Regents,
State of Iowa, and is a member of an interdisciplinary team that evaluates
and provides consultation related to instructional strategies for students
receiving special education services.
Scott-Connor received her medical degree and completed her surgical residency
at New York University School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. from the
University of Kentucky in Lexington and her MBA from the Else School of Management,
Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss. She joined the staff of UI Health Care in
1995. Her research interests include biliary and pancreatic disease, breast
disease, familial juvenile polyposis and its relation to the development of
gastrointestinal cancer, obstructive jaundice, laparoscopic surgery, and computer
models and applications to surgical care and surgical education.
After receiving his medical degree from Albany Medical College, Cohen completed
his residency in anatomic pathology at the University of California -- San
Francisco Medical Center. He joined the staff of UI Health Care in 1990. His
clinical expertise is in anatomic pathology, in particular, cytopathology,
fine needle aspiration biopsy, and urologic pathology.
A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue
from past chats can be accessed by logging on to www.uihealthcare.com and
clicking on the AmericasDoctor.com logo at the bottom of the page.
UI Health Care's partnership with AmericasDoctor.com is part of an increasing
health care trend of enhancing consumer services through the Internet. According
to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a New York firm that tracks
Internet commerce, approximately 22 million World Wide Web users seek health
information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue projects an increase to 33 million
over the next year.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education, research programs, and services they provide.
AmericasDoctor.com began operating in September 1998 as an anchor
tenant on the America Online Health Channel (keyword: AmDoc). AmericasDoctor.com
launched its own site in March 1999 and joined other sites such as drkoop.com
(Nasdaq: KOOP), Healtheon (Nasdaq: HLTH), InteliHealth, WebMD, and OnHealth
(Nasdaq: ONHN) on the World Wide Web. It is the only medical/health information
Internet destination to offer Ask-the-Doc private, real-time, one-on-one
chats with primary care doctors and other health specialists 24 hours a day,
seven days a week at no cost to the consumer. In addition to this proprietary
chat and a clinical trials division, AmericasDoctor.com also offers consumers
a variety of interactive healthcare content such as lectures and live programming;
a medical library; health and medical news and publications; and a medical
shopping mall with brand-name items from medical equipment to healthy living
to baby care. Consumers also have access to online communities that target
specific health conditions, as well as broader health interests.