2021.01.13 - Minimum Competency Recommendations for Programs That Provide Rehabilitation Services for Persons with Disorders of Consciousness (Live Webinar)

A Business of Brain Injury live webinar featuring Flora Hammond, M.D., FACRM, FAAPMR and Alan Weintraub, M.D., FACRM. Airs live at 3 p.m. ET January 13, 2021. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. ET January 11, 2021.


Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. ET January 11, 2021. 

Persons who have disorders of consciousness (DoC) require care from multidisciplinary teams with specialized training and expertise in the management of the complex needs of this clinical population. 

Join this Business of Brain Injury webinar as Flora Hammond, M.D., FACRM, FAAPMR and Alan Weintraub, M.D., FACRM discuss 21 recommendations on the structure and process of essential services required for effective DoC-focused rehabilitation, organized into 4 categories: diagnostic and prognostic assessment, treatment, transitioning care/long-term care needs, and management of ethical issues. These recommendations focus on infrastructure requirements and operating procedures for DoC-focused neurorehabilitation services across subacute and post-acute settings.

This webinar is a Position Statement of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems. The Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group of the ACRM, in collaboration with the Disorders of Consciousness Special Interest Group of the NIDILRR-Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, convened a multidisciplinary panel of experts to address the need for the explication of the minimum competencies of clinical programs providing services to persons who have DoC through the present position statement. The recent promulgation of practice guidelines for patients with prolonged DoC represents a major advance in the development of care standards in this area of brain injury rehabilitation.

Includes 1 ACBIS CEU.


Speaker Bios:

Flora Hammond, M.D., FACRM, FAAPMR: Dr. Hammond is a board-certified physiatrist who is an active clinician, researcher, and administrator. She is Professor and Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Indiana University School of Medicine; Chief of Medical Affairs and Brain Injury Co-Director at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. She is project director of the Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury Model System and the Executive Chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems. Dr. Hammond’s research and advocacy focuses on the long-term issues confronting individuals with disability and treatment effectiveness. She has authored more than 190 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Hammond has received several awards acknowledging her contributions, including the 2001 Association of Academic Physiatrists Young Academician Award, the 2011 Brain Injury Association of America William Caveness Award for national and international research contributions, the 2016 Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Research, and the 2017 American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Distinguished Member Award.

Alan Weintraub, MD, FACRM, served as Medical Director of the Brain Injury Program at Craig Hospital between 1986-2020. Dr. Weintraub also served as Medical Director for the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury System, a federally designated Model System of Care focusing on extensive clinical, research, and dissemination activities. Over his tenure in the field of Brain Injury Care and Rehabilitation, Dr. Weintraub has served as Medical Director of several post-acute residential brain injury and long-term subacute brain injury programs. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a Consultant to the Colorado Division of Worker’s Compensation Medical Treatment Guidelines TBI Task Force. In 2011, Dr. Weintraub received the prestigious North American Brain Injury Society Award for Innovative Clinical Treatment. In 2017, he was honored by the Brain Injury Association of America receiving the Sheldon Berrol Award for Clinical Excellence and in 2018 & 2019 Becker’s Healthcare Top 100 Hospital Health System Physician Leaders Award. Since 2012 through 2020, Dr. Weintraub has been recognized as a Colorado 5280 “Top Doctor” as well as a Castle Connelly US News and World Report Top Physicians in his specialty. As a Brain Injury Medicine Certified Subspecialist and ACRM Fellow, Dr. Weintraub has special interests in predictive biomarkers for recovery, neuroimaging, disorders of consciousness, pharmacologic rehabilitation, sports-related concussion, and the long-term consequences of brain injury. He is active in local, regional and national organizations and is devoted to the aging and long-term needs of brain injury survivors and their families. For over 35 years, Dr. Weintraub has lectured extensively to broad audiences, and written on a number of specific clinical and research topics related to both traumatic and acquired brain injury.