No prior lymphedema certification is required!
This lecture is part of our online Home Study for the Lymphedema Therapy Certification course – if you’re a graduate of our certification, this lecture will be review for you.
A Physician’s Lecture on Lymphedema provides an excellent overview of lymphedema and its pathophysiology, diagnosis, and differential diagnosis. This course is beneficial for all medical professionals who want to learn about this prevalent disease but are unable to commit to completing a lymphedema therapy certification course. The online Physician’s Lecture is also beneficial for medical doctors who need to know about lymphedema, but are not interested in studying the manual techniques required for treating lymphedema. Your host, Kathleen Francis, MD, explains lymphedema in the most understandable manner, making it easy and interesting to follow along. Please find all pertinent information for this four-part course below.
Educational Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online/Distance Learning
AOTA Classifications: OT Process – Evaluation; Professional Issues – Contemporary Issues & Trends
Note: This course includes a bonus lecture on Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).
- Review of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology of the Lymphatic System
- Definition and Incidence of Lymphedema
- Difference between Edema and Lymphedema
- Usual Signs and Symptoms of Lymphedema
- Stages of Lymphedema
- Primary Lymphedema
- Secondary Lymphedema
- Diagnosis and Differential Diagnosis of Lymphedema
- Imaging Methods for Lymphedema
- Indications and Contraindications for the Treatment of Lymphedema
- Medications and Lymphedema
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
- Traumatic and Post-surgical Edema
- Infections (Cellulitis and Erysipelas)
- Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) for Lymphedema
- Understand the definition of lymphedema
- Understand the difference between primary and secondary lymphedema
- Understand the causes of primary and secondary lymphedema
- Be able to differentiate between a variety of peripheral edemas
- Understand the medical indications and contraindications for Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)
- Be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of infections in patients with lymphedema
Dr. Francis graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ in 1989. Her past clinical positions include Director of Outreach Services, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, 1996–2004; Clinical Director, Kessler-Lerner Lymphedema Services, 1997–2004; and Clinical Director, ALS Clinic Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, 1994–2004. She is a member of the St. Barnabas Breast Program Leadership Committee and Cancer Committee. She is also a member of the American Lymphedema Framework Project steering committee, and is a member of the medical advisory committee of the National Lymphedema Network.
Among Dr. Francis’ many awards and honors, she has been selected for Best Doctors of New York, New York Magazine; New Jersey’s Best Doctors, NJ Monthly magazine; Castle Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctors; Inside New Jersey magazine Top Doctors; and Best Doctors in America database. She was named by U.S. News & World Report as among the top 1% of physicians in her specialty.
Dr. Francis has lectured extensively in numerous clinical and academic settings across the nation, including at hospitals, patient seminars, webinars, and numerous medical conferences including the biennial National Lymphedema Network conferences.
Note: Included with this course is a bonus lecture on Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) presented by Guenter Klose, MLD/CDT Certified Instructor, CLT-LANA.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the skills acquired in this class are within their scope of practice.
Note: Persons without a medical background who are interested in learning about lymphedema are also invited to register for this online course, but will not receive continuing education hours/credits.
To receive a Certificate of Completion, the student must be a licensed health care professional and watch all video portions of the course, pass an online quiz with a score of 80% or better, and return the required documents specified in the course. The Certificate will then be emailed to the student.