The Family Physician Airways Group of Canada, mdBriefCase and AdvancingIn Team up to Provide Online Resources for Healthcare professionals on Lung Health



    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - The Family Physician Airways Group of Canada
(FPAGC), AdvancingIn and mdBriefCase Inc. are pleased to announce a new
partnership to provide on-line support for Canadian Healthcare professionals
on Lung Health.
    AdvancingIn Lung Health (www.advancingin.com) will provide FPAGC members
and healthcare professionals with an interest in Lung Health with access to
free, convenient, interactive continuing educational programming resources,
including CME programs, eSymposia and national discussion forums.
    The Family Physician Airways Group of Canada is committed to helping
those with airway diseases lead a full life. The group is dedicated to helping
all family physicians maintain and increase their skill in assisting those
with asthma and COPD. The strategy of the Group is to maintain a speaker bank,
a data bank, and practical tools to help physicians attain these skills.
    "The mandate of the FPAGC has always been to practically enable
healthcare practitioners to better care for their patients with respiratory
illness, with many initiatives including education. Web based education is
inexorable; we will adapt our educational methods to correlate with what
people clearly want," says Alan Kaplan, chair of the FPAGC.
    www.mdBriefCase.com is the market leader in providing online education;
approximately 70% of all Canadian physicians have joined. These members
receive free access to the highest-quality accredited programs, integrating
the best practices from leading experts in the field. Through partnerships
with professional associations and societies, such as the CPS, the Canadian
Paediatric Society, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Canadian Society
of Endocrinology and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, these
Web sites offer health professionals with access to 50+ continuing education
programs per year.
    "We are very excited about our partnership with the FPAGC," said Nancy
Thomson, Vice President of mdBriefCase. "There are many interesting
opportunities when it comes to lung health and education and we look forward
to providing health professionals across Canada with a suite of unparalleled
tools and resources. Initial planned programming includes COPD and Asthma case
studies."
    The needs of Canadian health professionals are evolving. A recent survey
found specialists spend more than 300 hours per year searching for medical
information on-line. The American Medical Association predicts 50% of all CME
will be completed online in the near future. In Canada, several surveys have
found that between 60 - 70% of Canadian physicians now participate in eCME.
These surveys also found that between 80-90% view mdBriefCase as their primary
source.
    The FPAGC, AdvancingIn and mdBriefCase are working together to provide
programming that will promote lung health and optimize outcomes.

    The Partners:

    The Family Phyisician Airways Group of Canada

    The Family Physicians Airway Group of Canada is committed to helping
those with airway diseases lead a full life. The group is dedicated to helping
all family physicians maintain and increase their skill in assisting those
with asthma and COPD. The strategy of the Group is to maintain a speaker bank,
a data bank, and practical tools to help physicians attain these skills.

    mdBriefCase is a Canadian physician-only Continuing Medical Education
(CME) website dedicated to providing the best quality, accredited and
innovative on-line programs. The web-site, www.mdBriefCase.com has been in
existence since March of 2002 and since then has had approximately 35,000
physicians register. These programs are all accredited, interactive and
multimedia. They are developed by leading Canadian opinion leaders and
academic institutions.





For further information:

For further information: Contact Person: Glyn Smith, Company name:
FPAGC, Address: 132 Warwick Road, Edmonton, AB, T5X 4P8, Phone: (866) 406-4345
(toll free), Fax: (780) 475-7968, Email: admin@fpagc.com; Contact Person:
Nancy Thomson, Vice President, Company name: mdBriefCase, Telephone Number:
(416) 488-5500 ext. 227, Email Address: nthomson@mdbriefcase.com, Web site
address: http://www.mdBriefCase.com; Contact Person: Greg Cook, President,
Company Name: mdBriefCase, Telephone Number: (416) 488-5500 ext. 225, Email
Address: gregcook@mdBriefcase.com, Web site address:
http://www.mdBriefCase.com

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