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Stem Cell Therapy Fellowship

Overview

A growing crisis regarding organ transplants and an aging population has intensified the search for new and alternative therapies. With an approximate 90,000 patients on the current U.S. transplant-waiting list, a wide array of critical medical needs have gone unmet—many of which can potentially be addressed by regenerative technologies.

Regenerative medicine is a rapidly emerging branch of medicine with the overarching goal of restoring organ and/or tissue function for patients with serious injuries or chronic disease, during which the body’s own responses are insufficient.

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MMI has recognized the need for current and up-to-date knowledge regarding stem cells, coupled with the need to disseminate information amongst physicians and healthcare professionals—thus creating the world's first Stem Cell Fellowship program.

New and current regenerative medical technologies can harness the power of stem cells in order to create living, functional tissues, which collectively regenerate and repair tissue and bodily organs that have been damaged due to age, disease, or congenital defects. Stem cells have the capability to access these damaged areas, restoring cells and tissues by performing a repair and renewal process, which ultimately reestablishes functionality.

In this modular training program, a group of experienced academics led by Dr. Sharon McQuillan, with extensive backgrounds in stem cell transplantation, present a series of topics that review the general principles and practices of stem cell biology, in addition to evidence-based treatments for physicians that can help optimize their patients’ health.

After completion of this modular training program, physicians will be able to choose which stem cell protocols to recommend to their patients. Sign up today, and become a pioneer in stem cell therapy and the future of regenerative medicine.

Stem Cell Fellowship Modules

Module I: The Biological and Molecular Basis for Regenerative Medicine

Module I

The Biological and Molecular Basis for Regenerative Medicine

$2,500.00
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The use of stem cells is a natural progression in anti-aging and regenerative medicine. Through the use of stem cell therapy, regenerative medicine is a revolutionary approach to restore, rejuvenate, and regenerate cells, tissue, or organs that are diseased or injured. This first module of the Stem Cell Fellowship will provide a detailed foundation of the concepts of cellular biology and physiology, stem cell biology, and the intricacies of cellular signaling and cell phenotypes that are essential in regenerative medicine. All stem cell sources will be explored including fetal, placental, umbilical, cord blood, embryonic, bone marrow derived, adipose derived, peripheral blood, and induced pluripotent stem cells. Current stem cell markers, as well as the latest cell imaging devices and techniques will be discussed and demonstrated in a live, interactive setting.

Objectives:

Upon completion of the module, the participant will:

  • Review the history and highlights of the field of translational science and regenerative medicine
  • Possess a thorough understanding of cell anatomy and biology
  • Understand basic stem cell properties and processes, including self-renewal and cell cycle regulation
  • Develop a working knowledge of cell-ECM(extra cellular matrix) and cell-(EMT) epithelial mesenchymal transitions
  • Discuss the importance of stem cell niche environments and cell signaling
  • Analyze the properties, mechanism of action, features, benefits, drawbacks, and applications of the various stem cell sources:
    • Embryonic
    • Amniotic
    • Fetal tissue
    • Cord blood
    • Placental
    • Peripheral blood
    • Umbilical
    • Bone marrow derived
    • Adipose derived
    • Induced pluripotent
  • Explore the principles and ethical considerations of cloning
  • Describe the characteristics and composition of mesenchymal stem cell and their applications
  • Compare and contrast the risks and benefits of autologous versus allogeneic stem cell approaches
  • Develop a working knowledge of cell markers specific to stem cells and their importance in regenerative medicine
  • Participate in interactive sessions with leading experts viewing live stem cell demonstrations and specimens
  • Analyze the various roles of growth factors in cell regeneration and rejuvenation
  • Describe the relationship of telomeres as it applies to translational and regenerative medicine
  • Understand the premise of platelet rich plasma and its adjunctive uses in regenerative medicine
  • Participate in interactive sessions with leading experts demonstrating and comparing the latest cell imaging and labeling techniques, including magnetic resonance imaging, flow cytometry, ultrasound, single photon emission computed tomography, and positron emission tomography.

Module II: Best Practices in Regenerative Medicine

Module II

Best Practices in Regenerative Medicine

$2,500.00
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This module aims to improve the safe use of stem cell therapy, regenerative medicine as a revolutionary approach to restore, rejuvenate, and regenerate cells, tissue, or organs that are diseased or injured.

Educational Objectives:

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Develop expert understanding of the harvesting methods employed for autologous bone marrow, adipose, and peripheral blood stem cell procedures
  • Discuss the risks, benefits, applications, and current legalities surrounding cell cryopreservation and cell banking
  • Review the concepts and implementation of Good Tissue Practices (GTP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) as it relates to the field of regenerative and translational medicine
  • Investigate guidelines surrounding Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved clinical studies and their importance in the field of regenerative and translational medicine
  • Analyze current state, US governmental and worldwide agency position on human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products
  • Review the ethical considerations surrounding cellular therapy

Module III: In-Office Applications of Regenerative Therapies: Focus on Cardiovascular, Vascular, and Respiratory Conditions

Module III

In-Office Applications of Regenerative Therapies: Focus on Cardiovascular, Vascular, and Respiratory Conditions

$2,500.00
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This module will review disease background, statistics, etiology, current standard of care, and controversies surrounding cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions including: myocardial infarction, atherosclerosis, peripheral artery disease, deep vein thrombosis, asthma, COPD, and interstitial lung disease. And despite advances, restoring function to these damaged systems remains a formidable challenge. This module aims to educate on the recent regenerative research that suggests the adult, embryonic, cardiopoietic, and vascular stem cells may be able to replace damaged heart muscle cells and/or establish new blood vessels to supply them. This module's curriculum will analyze the various cell therapies to gain knowledge on the treatment strategies including patient selection, diagnosis, risks, and benefits.

Module IV: In-Office Applications of Regenerative Therapies: Focus on Musculoskeletal, Neurological and Neuro-Degenerative Conditions

Module IV

In-Office Applications of Regenerative Therapies: Focus on Musculoskeletal, Neurological and Neuro-Degenerative Conditions

$2,500.00
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Through the use of stem cell therapy, regenerative medicine is a revolutionary approach to restore, rejuvenate, and regenerate cells, tissue, or organs that are diseased or injured. The fourth module of the Fellowship in Stem Cell Therapies will provide a detailed foundation regarding the treatment of musculoskeletal and neurodegenerative conditions utilizing various stem cell sources. An overview of each disease condition and current standard of care will be examined. A comprehensive analysis of current research regarding these treatments will be presented as well as best practices for in-office applications will be discussed, as applicable.

Upon completion of the module, the participant will:

  • Review the disease background, statistics, etiology, current standard of care, and issues/controversies surrounding current treatments for many musculoskeletal conditions, including:
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Articular cartilage defects
    • Meniscus tears
    • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
    • Degenerative disc disease
    • Rotator cuff injuries
    • Non-union bone fractures
    • Tendon injuries
    • Ligament injuries
    • Joint injuries
  • Discuss the mechanism of action, structure, and function of cartilage regeneration and bone regeneration
  • Analyze the various cell therapies available for musculoskeletal regeneration, including induced pluripotent, umbilical, mesenchymal stem cells, and biomaterials
  • Possess a working knowledge of clinical studies published outlining the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions
  • Participate in interactive case study sessions to successfully provide treatment strategies for musculoskeletal conditions, including patient selection, diagnosis, risks, and benefits
  • Analyze the benefits of using platelet rich plasma (PRP) in orthopedic treatments
  • Gain expert knowledge regarding the disease background, statistics, etiology, current standard of care, and issues/controversies surrounding current treatments for many  neurological and neurodegenerative conditions, including:
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Dementia
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Stroke
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Autism
    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    • Huntington’s disease
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Neuropathy
  • Review the structure, function, and mechanisms governing neural cell regeneration
  • Discuss the cell therapies available for neurological and neurodegenerative conditions utilizing various cell types (embryonic, umbilical, fetal, mesenchymal stem cells, etc.) and delivery methods available
  • Analyze current scientific research outlining the treatment of neurological and neurodegenerative conditions utilizing stem cells
  • Participate in interactive case study sessions to successfully formulate treatment plans for neurodegenerative and neurological conditions including patient selection, diagnosis, risks, and benefits

Module V

Through the use of stem cell therapy, regenerative medicine is a revolutionary approach to restore, rejuvenate, and regenerate cells, tissues, or organs that are diseased or injured. Module III of the Fellowship in Stem Cell Therapies provides an efficient, validated, and compliant office-based method for the isolation of autologous adult stem cells and platelet rich plasma (PRP). Autologous adult stem cell harvesting involves the removal of bone marrow or adipose tissue from the patient followed by a laboratory process that isolates the stem cells from the aspirate. Platelet rich plasma is an autologous product obtained from whole blood via density gradient centrifugation. The course curriculum consists of home study materials, plus two days of combination didactic, hands-on clinical, and laboratory experience, as well as an onsite preceptor visit.

Upon completion of this module, the participant will:

  • Review basis concepts of stem cell biology
  • Compare and contrast adipose harvesting techniques
  • Analyze bone marrow harvesting techniques
  • Perform adipose and bone marrow harvesting techniques
  • Possess a working knowledge and demonstrate proficiency in good tissue practices, aseptic technique, sterile technique, as well as the tumescent technique
  • Demonstrate competence in operating various laboratory equipment utilized to process adult stem cells and platelet rich plasma
  • Participate in cell counting and validation techniques analyzing live samples
  • Participate in the collection and processing of platelet rich plasma
  • Learn best practices for implementing regenerative medicine treatments in an office setting
  • Gain access to protocols, forms, recommended supplies, and equipment lists to successfully implement regenerative medicine treatments in an office setting
  • Receive one-on-one mentoring during a personalized site visit following the course
  • Review current IRB-approved treatment protocols for many degenerative conditions, including:  COPD, critical limb ischemia, heart failure, type II diabetes, erectile dysfunction, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, interventional pain, etc.

Requirements

  • Completion of MODULES 1-5 (Modules I-IV didactic: available online – Module V – hands On)
  • Stem Cell Written Examination
  • Active Membership
  • Photocopy of your Medical Degree
  • Photocopy of Active Medical License
  • A 5 Year CV, demonstrating at least 5 years of clinical practice
  • 200 CME hours over the past 8 years
  • Signed affidavit of no disciplinary action

Deadline for requirements is Monday, October 16, 2017



Fellowship Graduation will be held in December 2017 at our 25th Annual World Congress in Las Vegas, NV.

If you have any questions or need help with your requirements please contact the board registrar by email, boards@a4m.com.