AMSA Tim Lowrey Panel
Let’s talk about ALS. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that results in the loss of muscle function, eventually rendering individuals with the disease unable to move, speak, swallow, or breathe.
Not planning on going into the field of neurology? ALS is still relevant to you. Many people visit their primary care physician when they first begin experiencing symptoms. Given that ALS is frequently misdiagnosed, patients may be referred to a multitude of specialists in the quest for an accurate diagnosis. And if a person with ALS ends up in the emergency room, there are unique protocols that need to be followed.
You may be familiar with ALS through your studies, but there are some things you can’t learn from a lecture or textbook. You need to hear it from those living in the reality of ALS. This is why the I AM ALS Community Outreach Team is bringing you a Tim Lowrey Panel, which features people living with ALS, caregivers, and loved ones.
- Share stories of symptoms, diagnosis and living with ALS
- Educate on how ALS impacts the lives of the people diagnosed and their loved ones
- Offer best practices for engaging with people who cannot speak, walk or have different abilities
- Answer questions and engage in dialogue from the group
It is our mission to educate the next generation of medical professionals about this devastating disease in the hopes of reducing the time it takes to receive an ALS diagnosis and with the goal of humanizing ALS patients and ensuring that they are treated with the respect they deserve and are included in their own care plans.
We hope you can join us to discuss the ins and outs of ALS on April 26th, 2023 from 6-7:30 PM ET!
This event will be recorded and posted on youtube.