Traumatic Brain Injury Educational Forum: Best Practices and Current Research

March 2, 2015; 1-3 p.m. (ET) Live Broadcast

Location: Clark Auditorium, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. / Optional online participation via Adobe Connect and Defense Connect Online


According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), 18,564 service members sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the first three quarters of 2014. The classification of mild TBI accounts for more than 80 percent of reported TBI to DVBIC. The vast majority of TBIs sustained are in a non-deployed setting in training exercises, motor vehicle accidents, and sports and leisure activities. These injuries directly affect the health and safety of individual service members and subsequently the level of unit readiness and troop retention.

This educational forum will include a review of best practices in the assessment and treatment of TBI, the Military Health System (MHS) TBI Pathway of Care, key research studies and findings that will contribute to the body of TBI knowledge, and TBI prevention. We invite multidisciplinary health care providers in military treatment facilities and clinics, complex polytrauma facilities and community-based VA facilities to participate in this discussion of evidence-based practice and current research.

At the conclusion of this event, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how the MHS TBI Pathway of Care will support the services in delivering optimal TBI care through integration of evidence-based clinical practices with consistent monitoring of patient outcomes across the MHS
  • Identify the role of DVBIC research in the continuum of TBI care and its alignment with Department of Defense strategic priorities
  • Describe clinical tools for the assessment and management of TBI
  • Relate the importance of TBI prevention and prevention educational initiatives and resources


Capt. Richard F. Stoltz
Director Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Silver Spring, Maryland
Joel Scholten, M.D.
Acting National Director of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Program Office, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington Clinical Coordinator, Polytrauma/Blast Related Injury Quality Enhancement Research Initiative Associate Chief of Staff for Rehabilitation Services Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington
Col. Sidney R. Hinds II, M.D.
National Director DVBIC Silver Spring, Maryland
Katherine M. Helmick, M.S., CRNP, ANP-BC, CNRN
Deputy Director DVBIC Silver Spring, Maryland
Saafan Z. Malik, M.D.
Director, Research Division DVBIC Silver Spring, Maryland
Lt. Cmdr. Cathleen A. Davies, M.S., CCC-SLP/CBIS
Chief, Office of Clinical Education and Training, Education Division DVBIC Silver Spring, Maryland
Retired Command Master Chief Dan Marshall
Founder and President MFive Consulting, LLC Virginia Beach, Virginia


Maj. Pamela A. DiPatrizio, AN, MSN, CEN, CPEN
Chief, Office of Education Outreach, Education Division DVBIC Silver Spring, Maryland


  • 1-1:15 p.m.
    Opening Ceremony and Remarks
  • 1:15-1:35 p.m.
    Keynote – VA TBI/Polytrauma System of Care: A Decade of TBI Experience
  • 1:35-1:50 p.m.
    TBI Pathway of Care
  • 1:50-2:05 p.m.
    Clinical Tools for Your Practice
  • 2:05-2:20 p.m.
    Promising TBI Research that Will Impact Your Practice
  • 2:20-2:30 p.m.
    Prevention Education for Your Patients
  • 2:30-2:45 p.m.
    Question and Answer
  • 2:45-2:55 p.m.
    TBI Champion
  • 2:55-3 p.m.
    Closing Ceremony

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register by 4 p.m. (ET) March 2, 2015, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

To qualify for receipt of continuing education credit for applicable webinars, eligible participants must create a profile in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System and register for the event on, or before, the event registration deadline. Complete responses to all pre-registration questions are required to be eligible to receive credit for attending this event. For guidance on creating a user account and event registration in the Duke Medicine Learning Management System site, please visit

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and/or their families.

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