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Kaiser Permanente Physicians Prepare for the World Games

Kaiser Permanente physicians are gearing up to show the world what Kaiser Permanente medicine is all about. On Friday June 5, hundreds of Kaiser Permanente physicians participated in interactive workshops designed to address care needs for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities at the 41st Annual Irving M. Rasgon, MD Family Medicine Symposium. Matthew Holder, MD, Global Medical Advisor for Special Olympics, led a special session on the primary care needs and risks for Special Olympics athletes during the World Games.

The following day, nearly 500 Kaiser Permanente physicians volunteering for the Special Olympics World Games Medical Team attended a special half-day conference. The training symposium featured sessions led by Regional Special Olympics Leads Dr. Aaron Rubin and Dr. Thad Woodward, as well as Dr. Dennis Khalili-Borna, who specializes in Sports Medicine at Fontana Medical Center.

Special Olympics athletes require specialized care, therefore, care topics ranging from communicating with athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities, assessing the unique needs of Special Olympics athletes, responding to medical urgencies, and sports trauma were covered.

Hundreds of Kaiser Permanente physicians will deliver sideline medical care to Special Olympics athletes during the Special Olympic World Games.