Featuring UC Davis Health Faculty and Programs
At the Office of Continuing Medical Education, we are grateful to be surrounded by a wealth of experienced educators and UC Davis Health faculty members.
The quality of the content that our well-qualified, expert clinicians produce is truly appreciated — and we're dedicated to highlighting those educators that go above and beyond to design unique educational programs.
Preventing Firearm-Related Injury and Death
Garen Wintemute, M.D., M.P.H, is a pioneer in the field of injury epidemiology and the prevention of firearm violence. As an emergency medicine physician, professor and director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, Wintemute has studied gun violence for more than 30 years and approaches the subject as an issue of public health.
In collaboration with the Office of Continuing Medical Education, Wintemute and his colleagues launched a new course in February 2019 called Preventing Firearm-Related Injury and Death: A Targeted Intervention. The complimentary online, on-demand CME course is designed for any health care provider interested in clinical strategies for preventing firearm-related injury and death.
Q&A With Dr. Garen Wintemute
Q: What makes this course unique?
A: Many health care providers believe that firearm injury prevention is within their responsibilities, but few medical schools or training programs include training on prevention of firearm-related harm in their curricula. This course helps fill this void. The course accompanies a detailed online resource for health care providers that we’ve developed to support them in learning more about the problem and how they can help reduce firearm-related harm.
Q: What are the goals of this educational program?
A: This course aims to introduce health care providers to firearm injury and death as a public health problem and to detail their role in prevention of everyday types of firearm-related harm, such as suicide, homicide, and unintentional injury and death. By understanding who is sustaining firearm-related harm and by what means, providers can implement a specific, targeted intervention involving asking about access to firearms and counseling on safe firearm practices when clinically relevant.
Q: If there's one takeaway you want people to have from this course, what is it?
A: The key takeaway is that health care providers have a unique ability to intervene to prevent firearm-related harm among the patients with whom they interact every day. They can ask, and, given risk, they can intervene.