Pat Tall said...
Hi Traveler. Please educate me regarding ILADS training. If one is a physician (MD) , how extensive is the training they offer. Is it two years or three days or one of the side classes at a conference. I've heard that the charge is not much and class is two days. It would be good for us to know OFFICIALLY what it entails, duration, internship and clarify it for us HW readers. Can you help in this area. Thanks for all you do on the forum.
Unfortunately, there is no standard training course. The doctors that go to the ILADS conferences and training get it piece by piece, one weekend/conference at a time. So we have lots of doctors that can legitimately say they have ILADS training, but they may have only had one conference so far to learn from.
Each conference will differ depending on who they have speaking, it could be a broad spectrum look at the disease in general, or some narrow aspect of it (like Neuro Lyme, or seizures in Lyme for example).
Honestly, ILADS isn't very forthcoming with information on how they determine a doctor to be 'ready' to practice, so it's once again left up to the patient to determine if the doctor actually has enough experience in the right areas to be able to help them, and when that doctor has helped them all they can and it's time to move on.
Maybe one day there will be some kind of actual qualification, as in 60 hours of instruction or something, so that the patients can know where their doctor is in their overall training. Also, whatever specialty the doc has (Neuro, GP, Gastro) that knowledge follows them in their Lyme practice as well.
As for the charges, I believe that ILADS even does 'scholarships' or grants to help the doc's pay for at least some of the cost of attending a conference and getting some training.
If anyone has a doc that is interested, please share this site with them: www.ilads.org/education/physician-training.php
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