Alcohol and Pregnancy: The More You Know

Learn about Prenatal Alcohol Exposure, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), and how to talk to your patients about unhealthy alcohol use.

This 3-part podcast features interviews with a variety of individuals to explore the many facets of FASDs. We meet with a medical expert in the field of FASDs, a patient advocate, a mother whose child is affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, and a public health social worker specializing in counseling patients in unhealthy alcohol use.
 
Episode 1 - Laying the Foundation
  • 18 Minutes
  • We interview medical expert Dr. Vincent C. Smith of Boston Medical Center on the foundational science of FASDs, including definitions, prevalence, diagnosis, and other challenges. We also begin our conversation with Carol, a mother whose child is affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, who discusses her life when she became pregnant and when her daughter was diagnosed with an FASD.
Episode 2 - Building Awareness
  • 16 Minutes
  • We interview Ms. Enid Watson, MDiv, of MassFAS and the Institute for Health & Recovery, about the various implications of FASDs and their impacts on children and families. We continue our interview with Carol who discusses the shame and stigma of having a child with an FASD, as well as what life is like for her adult daughter.
Episode 3 - Working Towards Prevention
  • 26 Minutes
  • We interview public health social worker Ms. Alex Heinz on the risks and classifications of alcohol use, as well as the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment model. We also listen in on two standardized patient counseling sessions followed by Alex’s debrief and commentary.
 
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Target Audience

Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses, and members of the healthcare team.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs)
  • Summarize the risks of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE)
  • Screen for unhealthy alcohol use and perform a brief intervention (BI)
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Boston University School of Medicine designates this Enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • 1.00 MA Risk Management
  • 1.00 ANCC
    Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
08/10/2021
Course expires: 
03/04/2022
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Laying the Foundation

We interview medical expert Dr. Vincent C. Smith of Boston Medical Center on the foundational science of FASDs, including definitions, prevalence, diagnosis, and other challenges. We also begin our conversation with Carol, a mother whose child is affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, who discusses her life when she became pregnant and when her daughter was diagnosed with an FASD.

18 minutes

Building Awareness

We interview Ms. Enid Watson, MDiv, of MassFAS and the Institute for Health & Recovery, about the various implications of FASDs and their impacts on children and families. We continue our interview with Carol who discusses the shame and stigma of having a child with an FASD, as well as what life is like for her adult daughter.

16 minutes

Working Towards Prevention

We interview public health social worker Ms. Alex Heinz on the risks and classifications of alcohol use, as well as the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment model. We also listen in on two standardized patient counseling sessions followed by Alex’s debrief and commentary.

26 minutes

 

Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH, Course Director and faculty, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Alexandra Heinz, MPH, LICSW, faculty, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Vincent C. Smith, MD, MPH, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Enid Watson, MDiv, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Faculty members do not plan on discussing unlabeled/investigational uses of a commercial product.

 

Carmela Townsend, DNP, MS/MBA, RN, Nurse Planner, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Sakina Flint, Program Manager, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Physicians
Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Risk Management
This program meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

Nurses
Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 1.00

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Boston University School of Medicine designates this Enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • 1.00 MA Risk Management
  • 1.00 ANCC
    Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
  • 1.00 Participation
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