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All continuing education programs organized by Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston are designed to ensure that best practices are passed on to those who will care for the most challenged among us. Programs include medical lectures, all-day seminars, nursing conferences and hands-on workshops.

If you would like more information about upcoming programs or would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact:

Melissa Gorman MSN, RN-BC, CCRN
Clinical Education Coordinator

Student nurse lecture series

This free lecture program provides an opportunity for students in the health care profession to learn about world-renowned, family-centered burn care. At the completion of the program the student will be able to:

  • Describe the occurrence and etiologies of burn injuries
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the largest organ of the body – the skin
  • Describe burn wounds in terms of size
  • Discuss the characteristics of the depth determination of a burn injury
  • Describe the coloration differentiation in burn wounds
  • Describe the pathophysiology and treatment of fluid loss
  • Discuss the clinical management of the critically burned child
  • Discuss the rehabilitation and reconstructive plan of care for the child with an acute burn injury

Brochures are sent out each summer listing lectures held on five separate dates in November and April. For specific dates email Melissa Gorman.

Occupational and physical therapy clinical education

Observational and clinical placements for physical and occupational therapy students are available and are set-up via a student’s school education coordinator to ensure hours are in compliance with degree programs. There are a limited amount of one day observation opportunities available for students curious about the highly specialized field of burn rehabilitation.

For more information, email Courtney Condon, MEd, OTR/L.

Presentations for health care professionals

The clinical staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston is available to present staff in-services, provide grand rounds presentations, speak at local and national conferences and provide EMS training. Topics which may be covered include:

  • Acute burn care
  • Outpatient burn care
  • Pediatric skin disorders
  • Soft-tissue and crush injuries
  • Specialized wound care
  • Reconstructive plastic and laser surgery for all types of pediatric injuries
  • Congenital hand conditions
  • Trauma and the hospitalized child – therapeutic support services
  • EMS first responder training

For more information, contact Alycia Pronesti by email or call 413-335-6887.

Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS)

The Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) program (a one-day American Burn Association approved course) provides knowledge for immediate care of the burn patient up to the first 24 hours post injury. ABLS programs support emergency preparedness, mass casualty incidents focusing on triage, burn survivability, prioritizing transport of patients and patient treatment.     

The course is offered in Boston or, for groups over 20, it may be possible to bring the course to your location. The course fee for non-physicians is $225; $350 for physicians. The registration fee covers the tuition, manual, study guide, test and continuing education credits. The American Burn Association designates this continuing medical education activity for up to 7 credit hours in Category 1 of the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. This program also has been approved by AACN Certification Corporation guidelines for 8 contact hours, CERP Category A.

For more information contact Rich Grady, RN, by email or call 617-371-4792.

International education

In recent years, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston has hosted student nurses from Universite Notre Dame D’Haiti in Port Au Prince, Haiti for a full day workshop highlighting nursing care, physical therapy and child life therapy management practices for pediatric burn patients. The group came to Boston with the purpose of understanding an established health care system in order to bring back critical knowledge to their homeland.

High school burn awareness and careers program

High school classes are welcome at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston to attend a one hour education session followed by a tour of the hospital. This is a free program for all high school students interested in a career in health care.

For more information, please contact:

Melissa Gorman, MSN, NPD-BC, CCRN-K
Clinical Education Coordinator