Time: 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. ET
Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is spread to humans through the bite of an infected tick. While not all ticks carry Lyme disease, it is important to avoid being bitten by a tick while enjoying the outdoors.
In this webinar, Dr. Scott Gledhill will address FAQs including:
o What is Lyme disease and how can Canadians minimize risk?
o What are the symptoms and signs?
o What to do if you find a tick on the skin?
o When should someone seek medical guidance?
Dr. Scott Gledhill is a Senior Medical Consultant at Medcan. He is also the resident general practitioner on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show.
Scott obtained his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, completed a Family Medicine Residency through the University of Toronto, and is a certificant of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP). He began independent practice as a rural family physician in Terrace Bay, Ontario (1996-2003), holding several senior positions including Chief of Staff, McCausland Hospital, and Medical Director of Telehealth.
Dr. Gledhill has held past appointments as the Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, at McMaster University, and the Faculty Development Co-ordinator for the Northern Ontario Medical Program (NOMP). He has also been a former Family Medicine Preceptor (NOMP) and Examiner for the College of Family Physicians.
Upon returning to southern Ontario, Dr. Gledhill practised Emergency Medicine at both Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, and most recently at Toronto General Hospital. He holds active medical staff positions at both Toronto General and St. Michael’s Hospital, and is actively involved in Cardiac Surgical Assisting. Dr. Gledhill also serves as a medical consultant to the NHL Entry Draft, Firefighter Applicant Selection, and Police Constable Selection Project for the province of Ontario.
Janet Sperling, University of Alberta
PhD Candidate in Biological Sciences, University of Alberta; BSc (Horticulture) and MSc (Entomology). Current research focuses on description of the bacterial microbiome of 6 commonly encountered species of ticks from across Canada using 16S rRNA. She is also a patient advocate and Board Member, Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation.