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Ear’s the Thing: Otitis, Otalgia and Other Ear Complaints

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Ear’s the Thing: Otitis, Otalgia and Other Ear Complaints and Conditions

Charlene Morris DFAAPA, MPAS, PA-C

1 hour recorded audio and power point 

Recorded on September 25, 2015

Course Description:  Ear problems can present a challenge in the Urgent Care setting, especially with fretful children and worried adults. Most ear problems are easily handled. 
In this session, we will discuss the current thought on evaluation and treatment, as well as review more serious and complicated ear problems and how to address them.
Learning Objectives:
  • Name 4 major causes of otitis media and otits externa
  • Identify the 3 primary types of complications otitis media
  • List at least three indications for ENT referral for otitis media.
  • State the preferred antibiotics used to treat otitis media
  • Discuss the impact of immunizations on common childhood ear problems
Faculty Bio:


Charlene M. Morris, MPAS, PA-C, is a Family Practice Physician Assistant living in Stonewall, NC. PA Morris earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Sciences and Physician Assistant certificate from George Washington University in Washington, DC in 1980 and her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Nebraska 2002. She was awarded AAPA distinguished fellow (DFAAPA) in 2008. Ms. Morris has over 35 years of experience in all facets of Family Medicine, with special interests in preventive medicine and acute care. She currently is in practice at Pamlico Medical Center in Bayboro, NC and CCHC Acute Care Clinic in New Bern, NC Ms. Morris has developed and presented many health care seminars, in addition to writing journal and on-line articles for clinicians and for Medscape’s “Ask the Expert PA”. She is on the editorial and review staff for F.A. Davis, Prescriber’s Letter and Advance for NPs and PAs. She has published in several professional journals including The Journal of Family Practice, Advance for NPs & PA. Ms. Morris has also authored and reviewed chapters in several textbooks. Charlene is active in the PA and medical community as mentor, life-long learner and patient advocate. She is Immediate Past President of the North Carolina Association of Physician Assistants, a Kentucky Colonel and a Master Gardener.

Financial Disclosure:  The above faculty has nothing to disclose. 

Credit Information:

Designation Statement
The Urgent Care Association of America designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Credit for this course is good for 1 year after purchase.

Submitting for Credit:  

If you would like to submit for either of the credit above, once you complete the activity you must submit for credit you will need to complete the 5 question exam.  You must answer 3 out of 5 correctly to receive credit.  Your credit will be placed in your profile under Professional Development or click on "My Credits".  Email with questions.  

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