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Thursday, November 1 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Training the Limbic System for High Performance

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Humanity has existed for more than 2 million years, evolving to adapt to the demands of the environment.  Only over the last several hundred years have we gained modern conveniences such as electricity, supermarkets, and urban dwellings with climate control.  The previous 10,000 were marked by the hunter / gatherer stage of living in which mankind harnessed the highly evolved neocortex to go from a middle of the pack omnivore to the new “king of the jungle.”  Modern conveniences often alter our perception of dangers interpreted by our midbrain (the limbic system) to generate often inappropriate reflexive defenses such as fight, flight or freeze responses.  While we attribute the neocortex for being responsible for the cognitive revolution and defining humanity as a whole, we often forget the brain is composed of 3 distinct parts including the midbrain and the brainstem.  Gaining greater understanding of the limbic system is necessary for becoming an ideal resuscitationist, staying poised while faced with adrenergic response in caring for critically ill and injured patients.  With a better understanding of the inner workings of the limbic system, it gives resuscitationists an opportunity to train this vital system just as one would train skeletal muscle.

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Faizan H. Arshad, MD

EMS Medical Director, Vassar Brothers Hospital-Health Quest Systems
Faizan H. Arshad, MD, is EMS Medical Director for Vassar Brothers Hospital – Healthquest systems in Hudson Valley, NY. He graduated from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine’s elite Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) and pursued specialty training in Emergency... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Room 201AB