Medical Care

Medical Care Special Interest Group

Invited to be members in the SIG are all primary care physicians, OBGYNs, dentists, nurses, college health personnel and others interested in the medical care of those with eating disorders and the interface of the ED community with those in primary care.

Past Activities and History

The Medical Care SIG met on May 30, 2003, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Twenty-seven participants signed in (adolescent medicine, psychiatry, internal medicine, family practice, 2 emergency care, 1 nurse practitioner, 1 LCSW). Six of these were not AED members and their names and emails will be passed on to the Membership Committee.

Dr. Bermudez reported on what was discussed at the SIG Chairs Meeting that morning.

Dr. Kreipe made a presentation on the history of Adolescent Medicine as an example of an avenue for a medical care provider involved in the treatment of eating disorders.

Dr. Garry Sigman discussed the history of the Primary Medicine Division to the Medical Care SIG in the AED and recommended that the SIG not hold on to a non-categorical discipline orientation but to focus on interest in medical aspects of eating disorders not limited by age groups (as in other organizations).

Dr. Pauline Powers outlined an initiative proposed by Ortho-McNeil to the AED and NEDA to educate PCPs about binge eating and eating disorders. Discussion of the pros and cons followed with suggestions for Dr. Powell. It was agreed that pediatricians, internists, family practitioners and gynecologists should be included. The SIG would take this on as its focus if the proposal was agreed to. If not, we would identify our own educational initiative.

There was open discussion about activities/projects for the SIG. Several ideas emerged that will be listed and further discussed via e-mail. The overall consensus was to focus on education efforts aimed at primary care providers becoming more proficient in diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders and for psychiatrist to become more proficient in the medical care aspects of eating disorders. It was also agreed that initial efforts would be toward those professionals identified as “interested” and later toward the medical professional community in general.

It was agreed that an e-mail list would be developed (Bermudez). 


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