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Course Details

Emergencies of Falls and Balance

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This one hour webinar is a recording of Dr. Renfrew’s live presentation at the Ninth Annual University of Maine Geriatrics Colloquium held on May 12, 2014 in Bangor, Maine. Dr. Renfrew will discuss the importance of falls as a geriatric syndrome and outline an approach that clinicians should follow to prevent falls and to utilize when providing care for a patient who has experienced a fall.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the most common causes and risk factors for falls.
2. Recognize the common geriatric syndromes associated with falls.
3. Describe a best practices approach that clinicians should follow for prevention and treatment of falls.

Target Audience

This program is intended for a wide range of medical, health, and behavioral health professionals who work in the fields of aging, health care, long-term care, and the social services, also including, students enrolled in professional health and human service programs, educators, researchers and first responders.

Registration Fees

This activity is free of charge.


For questions regarding this program, please contact Carole MacKenzie at 617-726-7572.

For questions regarding technical difficulties, please contact Partners Office of Continuing Professional Development at

CME Information

Start Date: February 24, 2015

End Date: May 12, 2016

To receive credit for this activity, view the presentation and complete the post-test and activity evaluation.


The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association’s Committee on Continuing Medical Education to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) to practicing physicians.

Social Workers:
This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886480408-3034 for 1 [Social Work Category] continuing education contact hour.

NASW or NASWMA #: 886480408-3034

“This Continuing Nursing Education Activity was Approved by the Northeast MultiState Division, An Accredited Approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation for one nursing contact hour”

Activity ID # (if applicable): 02004

The following planners and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:
Jennifer Crittenden, MSW
Sarah Harvey, MSW
Lenard W. Kaye, DSW, PhD
Valerie C. Sauda, RN-BC, MS, MGSF

The following speakers and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:
Roger Renfrew, MD, FACP

Hardware/Software Specifications: 
This internet-based CME activity is best experienced Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 13 or later, Chrome 16 or later, Safari (version 5 or later)

This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Optimal System Configuration: 
Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 13+, Internet Explorer 9.0+, Safari 13+, or Google Chrome 16+
Operating System: Windows Vista,7,8 or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements: 
Windows PC: 
Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent with 2.33 GHz processor; Windows XP; 512 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 4+, Google Chrome, or Opera
Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 128MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit