Helping doctors learn to treat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases
By Dr. Betty Maloney:
For the past nine years, I’ve been educating my medical colleagues and other healthcare professionals about tick-borne illnesses. In addition to speaking at non-Lyme conferences, publishing papers and co-authoring the ILADS Lyme treatment guidelines, I spend my time developing continuing medical education (CME) courses on tick-borne diseases. My first live course was in 2007 in my home town. Over the years I’ve made similar presentations in other states.
Now’s the time to think and act big. That’s why I have founded Partnership for Tick-borne Diseases Education (PTDE). PTDE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization specifically dedicated to creating education materials and content on TBDs. One of our primary goals is to make evidence-based educational modules available to medical professionals across the US. With the launch of our website, LymeCME.info, we’re now on our way to doing exactly that.
LymeCME.info currently has two modules up and running: “Managing Blacklegged Tick Bites” and “Case Studies in Early Lyme Disease.” Both modules offer my scientific analysis of the evidence and describe how this information is relevant to patient care. Accreditation is through the American Academy of Family Physicians. Soon we’ll add modules focusing on diagnostic testing, late Lyme, persistent Lyme, as well as an overview of the other tick-borne diseases in the US.
In the future, we’ll offer courses specifically geared to nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and mental health practitioners. We believe a common understanding of the evidence will encourage communication between healthcare professionals and ultimately lead to innovative and effective patient care.
LymeCME.info modules are free and available to everyone. Please register as a guest and check them out. More importantly, let your primary care doctor and other medical professionals in your community know about this educational opportunity.
The Lyme community and the general public also need evidence-based materials and soon we’ll be launching partnershipfortickbornediseaseseducation.org. Here you’ll find written and video information plus downloadable handouts written from a primary care doctor’s perspective. We think the content will increase your understanding of tick-borne diseases and we’re hopeful that the doctors you share it with will recognize its scientific validity.
Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Partnershipfortickbornediseasesedu and Twitter @PTDEducation so you’ll be up to date on what we’re doing. Our thanks to all who are working to spread the word about tick-borne diseases. Together, we are making a difference.
Elizabeth Maloney, MD, a family physician from Wyoming, MN, founded the Partnership for Tick-borne Diseases Education in 2015. She is board member and treasurer of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), a co-author of the ILADS guidelines and serves as medical adviser to the Minnesota Lyme Association.
- May 24, 2016 at 4:49 pm
When is someone going to develop a straightforward test for this dread disease that does not involve your remembering if, perchance, you were bitten by a tick, did you have a quarter size rash, and so on, and so on, and still not know for sure one way or the other? In other words, when is this all going to develop from an Edisonian like cottage industry into a full fledged scientific research activity?
- May 24, 2016 at 5:59 pm
I used the tests at DNAConnexions.com (formerly dentaldna.us) which told specifically Lyme and co-infections. I also was tested for other pathogens. IgeneX dose not currently do tissue tests except for a general Borrelia test. I had tissue from my gums/teeth/jaw bone tested. I also had tissue from a colonoscopy tested. Oh, so positive for Lyme and co-infections. DNA Connexions also does urine tests. These tests are all DNA tests.
- May 24, 2016 at 6:33 pm
Its not just ticks!!
Chrinic Lyme exists!
We need help. Please consider the effectiveness of Ozone treatments. Please.
- May 27, 2016 at 4:32 pm
Thank you so much Dr Maloney for all you do to educate and improve the plight of lyme patients everywhere. I will be printing this post/links and leaving it at locations where health care providers might access this much needed information.
Meeting you, hearing your presentation and subsequent Q&A at the Canadian Lyme Conference in Ottawa was one of the highlights of my time at the conference.
- April 30, 2017 at 6:55 am
DNA Connexions Lyme test – Is it valid, am I wasting money?
My daughter was diagnosed 5 years ago positive for Lyme, treated with Amoxicillin for two weeks. When symptoms came back we were told she did not ever have it. She has been sick ever since with an assortment of issues. Tested repeatedly including at the Mayo Clinic. They always say she does not have it.
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