AADMD Institute

The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry

Is pleased to announce a premier training opportunity for health professional students, residents, and entry-level clinicians

Held in conjunction with the 2017 AADMD Annual Conference June 2-4
Institute: Sunday, June 4, 2017 8:00am-12:00pm
The Denton A. Cooley, MD & Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center
7440 Cambridge Street
Houston, TX 77054

Scholarships are available for up to 10 students to attend the Institute!

Step 1: Apply to be a scholar today: https://form.jotform.ca/71035666188260

Step 2: Register for the Institute and/or conference: https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0026-0016-7d8404fec9a84c53a065869b94bcd699

Step 3: Book accommodations if necessary. Receive the conference discount at the Marriott Houston Medical Center: Book hotel room by May 11.

Step 4: Pre-Institute Assessment (coming soon!)

Step 5: Post-Institute Assessment (on June 4)

Step 6: Post-Institute feedback survey

Institute Objectives:

  1. Connect like-minded healthcare professionals with a network of colleagues who seek to provide exceptional care to Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/IDD)
  2. Equip developing clinicians with knowledge and skills to care for I/IDD, focusing on the following content:
    • Complex landscape of IDD Healthcare
    • Common conditions and management in IDD Healthcare
    • Role of interprofessional collaboration in IDD Healthcare
    • First aid and emergency response training for I/IDD

Preliminary Institute Syllabus:

Opening Keynote: Orientation on the Context of IDD Health

Dr. Rick Rader - 60 min

This session will introduce Institute scholars to the complex landscape of IDD Health by Medical Futurist, Dr. Rick Rader, who has devoted most of his career to improving the lives of individuals with IDD.

How to Create an IDD-Friendly Career

Dr. Seth Keller – 60 min

This session will include ideas and advice on how to develop a career that includes patients with IDD including the logistics of loans, management of a practice, and career development.

The Big 5: essential concepts about the most common conditions in IDD

Dr. Matt Holder – 60 min

This session will describe a basic thinking construct with respect to the care of patients with IDD. Dr. Holder will discuss the most common diagnoses found in this field and how they interrelate. He will also provide tips for providing patient care learned over more than a decade of working with patients with IDD in an interdisciplinary capacity.

Interdisciplinary Care: a case-based discussion on comprehensively meeting the complex needs of I/IDD

Panel Discussion – 60 min

A panel will demonstrate through a case-based discussion that close collaboration of diverse healthcare team members is essential for determining and addressing primary causes of distress or ailment in individuals with IDD and coordinating appropriate care.


Scholars will take an initial and post-Institute assessment of their knowledge of IDD Healthcare topics. All scholars will receive a certificate of participation in the AADMD Institute.

Apply to be a Scholar today!!


Register for the rest of the conference here (*Please Note: Attending the institute is free and registration is not required):


For questions or more information contact Alicia Thatcher at alt587@mail.usask.ca

Faculty Biographies

Rick Rader, MD, FAAIDD is the Director of the Morton J. Kent Habilitation Center at the Orange Grove Center in Chattanooga, TN where he is responsible for the creation, implementation and evaluation of programs addressing the future medical problems of individuals aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is the Editor in chief of Exceptional Parent Magazine and has published over 300 articles in the field of special needs. A founding member of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. Rader has been a consultant to five former US Surgeon General’s in the area of health and disability. He is a member of the Global Medical Advisory Committee at Special Olympics International and was elected to the National Academy of Practice in Medicine as a Distinguished Practitioner. He is the Emeritus Advisor in Healthcare Innovations at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Seth M. Keller, MD is a board certified neurologist in private practice with Advocare Neurology of South Jersey. He specializes in the evaluation and care of adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) with neurologic complications.

As an international leader in the emerging field of Developmental Medicine, Matthew Holder, MD, MBA advocates on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) for better health services. Dr. Holder currently serves as the Global Medical Advisor for Special Olympics International, the President of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, and is the Chief Executive Officer of the Lee Specialty Clinic in Louisville, Kentucky - a clinic whose mission is to serve the medical, dental, behavioral and therapeutic needs of patients with developmental disabilities. Over the course of his career, Dr. Holder has advocated at local, state, national and international levels for better healthcare for people with IDD. To this end, Dr. Holder has authored numerous policy statements, research papers and educational curricula.

Interdisciplinary panel Speakers TBA.

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