With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Lamont Tyler serves as the medical director of OSF Medical Group in Bloomington, Illinois. Dr. Lamont Tyler specializes in family and urgent care medicine.
Ear infections among children are one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in a family practice or urgent care setting. Infections of the middle ear result when viruses or bacteria become trapped in the space behind the eardrum.
Often, these viruses or bacteria are introduced into the body by a cold, sore throat, or upper respiratory infection. The eustachian tubes swell, hindering the body’s ability to drain the infected mucus.
The three most common types of middle ear infections are:
- Acute otitis media. The most common ear infection involves an infected and swollen middle ear. Fluid is trapped behind the eardrum, resulting in pain and possible fever.
- Otitis media with effusion. Though the ear infection has been resolved, fluid is still trapped behind the eardrum.
- Chronic otitis media with effusion. Fluid remains behind the eardrum for a long time or returns repeatedly. The ability to hear is affected.
Treatment for a middle ear infection varies depending on the age of the child, the severity of the symptoms, and the frequency of infection. Physicians may recommend over-the-counter pain medications while they wait and see if the infection will resolve itself.
In other cases, antibiotics may be prescribed. When infections occur repeatedly, the physician may recommend that a child have tubes inserted into their eardrums, which helps improve airflow and prevent fluid buildup.
Dr. Lamont Tyler serves as the medical director of OSF Medical Group in Bloomington, Illinois. As a family medicine practitioner, Dr. Lamont Tyler is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
As one of the largest medical organizations in the United States, the AAFP strives to promote and uphold high-quality standards for family doctors. One way the organization accomplishes its mission is through continuing medical education courses such as the AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Express Live Course.
Designed to help family physicians pass the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) exam, the three-and-a-half-day live course is scheduled for January 25-28, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine in San Diego, California. It will feature 48 presentations by board-certified family doctors, over 200 case studies, and more than 300 board-style questions, along with other educational sessions.
Physicians enrolled in the course will gain a better understanding of common clinical problems, learn essential test-taking techniques, and analyze areas in which they need more training.
Dr. Lamont Tyler, an urgent care and family medicine physician, splits his time between serving as a physician at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, medical director of OSF Medical Group, and clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Dr. Lamont Tyler supports several organizations, including the American Diabetes Association.
In September, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), an organization that funds diabetes research and delivers services to those affected by diabetes, partnered with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) to expand the Camp PowerUp program. Camp PowerUp combines CHLA’s expertise in diabetes prevention and treatment with the ADA’s experience in providing programming to quell the growth of incidence rates of type 2 diabetes among adolescents and children.
Camp PowerUp accomplishes this through a blend of wellness education and physical activities. Designed to show young individuals how healthy habits can impact their life, the community-based program relies in part on CHLA’s Kids N Fitness curriculum, a family-centered, outcomes-based program for kids between eight and 16 years of age. It also hosts weekend retreats and camps that allow the American Diabetes Association to reach and serve people through churches, schools, and other established sites.
Two Camp PowerUp programs were hosted by the ADA in 2014. In 2017, its partnership with CHLA makes it possible to host 14 programs.
Based in Bloomington, Illinois, Dr. Lamont Tyler guides OSF Medical Group as medical director. Dr. Lamont Tyler regularly treats those with urgent and acute care needs and is active with the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine (AAUCM).
According to the AAUCM, urgent care facilities are defined by their capacity to fill the gaps that exist between the care provided in emergency rooms and the ability of primary providers to provide timely walk-in care. Throughout the United States, approximately 8,000 urgent care centers are in operation, as well as 1,200 retail clinics integrated within major drugstore chains.
Services offered by the board-certified professionals at urgent care facilities include care for fractures, injuries, and wounds, as well as mild concussions and asthma attacks. The centers typically feature advanced capacities such as lab and X-ray. By contrast, retail clinics are usually limited to the diagnosis and treatment of common issues such as allergic reactions and the common cold.
Practicing medicine for more than 30 years, Dr. Lamont Tyler is the medical director at OSF Medical Group’s Eastern Region Specialty Physician Services. Trained in urgent care medicine, Dr. Lamont Tyler treats many patients diagnosed with heart attacks or spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD).
Uniquely different from a typical heart attack resulting from buildup of plaque along the arterial walls, SCAD is a form of heart attack in which the inner lining detaches from the artery wall and inhibits blood from flowing freely to the heart. Patients experiencing SCAD are usually healthy and do not possess risk factors such as being overweight, having diabetes, or smoking cigarettes.
A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic of Minnesota discovered the alarming trend that SCAD causes 40 percent of heart attacks in females under 50 years old. The research also concluded that greater than 90 percent of all patients diagnosed with SCAD are female.
Because of its obscurity, SCAD is commonly misdiagnosed and often leads to unwarranted medical procedures causing more arterial damage. Quantitative testing for SCAD also differs from diagnosing traditional heart attacks. Although blood work and an electrocardiogram will help diagnose a typical heart attack, SCAD can only be identified with the use of an angiogram, which tracks the blood flow within the artery.
Dr. Lamont Tyler possesses more than three decades of clinical experience. For the last decade, he has tended to OSF Medical Group Patients as medical director of Eastern Region Specialty Physician Services in Illinois. Dr. Lamont Tyler is board certified in family medicine and a member of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians.
The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians represents nearly 5,000 professionals in family medicine who are dedicated to educating themselves and their patients. The academy regularly creates new training programs designed to improve quality of care.
One of the newest of these, part of a larger push to curb tobacco usage in the community, is the Tobacco Cessation for the Primary Care Provider program. This curriculum was created with help from the American Academy of Pediatrics in Illinois and the Cook County Department of Public Health.
After participating, health care providers will be better able to screen for tobacco use and identify patients who may benefit from discontinuing the habit. The program's overarching goal is to ensure that nearly all patients are screened for smoke exposure, counseled on the risks of second-hand smoke, and educated on the myriad benefits of ceasing tobacco use.
Dr. Lamont Tyler, a clinical physician, is the medical director of specialty physician services at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, Illinois. In the business of saving lives, Dr. Lamont Tyler shares the same vision as the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross was established in 1881 by Clara Barton, a nurse and a humanitarian. Upon returning home from the Civil War, Barton campaigned for the establishment of a humanitarian organization to help people injured in war. For 23 years, Barton led relief efforts in the United States and overseas.
Today, the American Red Cross focuses its efforts on specific programs, such as services for veterans. The organization serves as a bridge between veterans and national resources to provide veterans the assistance they need.
Specifically, the Red Cross assists veterans in filing claims for benefits by coordinating with the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). Members of the Red Cross also volunteer in military hospitals to assist veterans as they go through rehabilitation.
Dr. Lamont Tyler serves as the medical director of OSF Medical Group in Bloomington, Illinois. In addition to his work in urgent care, Dr. Lamont Tyler actively supports the efforts of health-centric organizations such as the American Red Cross (ARC).
ARC works to prevent and alleviate suffering through volunteer efforts. The nonprofit provides blood, food, shelter, and other necessary services when disaster strikes.
In January, ARC responded to the southern states impacted by adverse weather conditions. More than 60 tornadoes hit populated areas across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi during one weekend, affecting 1,100 homes and causing many families to be temporarily displaced.
ARC responded with emergency shelters, response vehicles, and supplies. More than 30,000 meals and 8,000 relief items went out to residents as they sought refuge in shelters or worked to repair their homes. Workers also helped connect affected residents to appropriate health care and disaster mental health services in their area.
Dr. Lamont Tyler serves as the medical director of specialty physician services at the Chicago, Illinois-based OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and has treated patients in Central Illinois and the northern suburbs of Chicago. Dr. Lamont Tyler’s hospital received the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke program’s Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award in January 2016.
The Get With the Guidelines-Stroke program recognizes hospitals for their compliance with the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Achievement Measures. Qualifying hospitals demonstrate at least 85 percent compliance and achieve at Participating status with the program; they must also submit an application. Award levels of Bronze, Silver, and Gold are accorded based on continuous performance, with Bronze recognizing a performance of 90 consecutive days and a Silver recognizing 12 consecutive months. Gold level awards go to hospitals that demonstrate a performance of 24 or more consecutive months.
Administrated by the American Heart Association, the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program promotes consistent adherence to the latest scientific guidelines for treatment. It offers mutual benefits to hospitals and patients alike through patient resources, clinical tools, professional education opportunities, and a competitive advantage in the healthcare management. Additionally, it operates as part of a comprehensive group of programs designed to advance medical care and push for continuous quality improvement.
To learn more about the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program and awards, visit heart.org.
Throughout his career, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center director of specialty physician services Dr. Lamont Tyler has delivered presentations on numerous medical topics for Abbott Pharmaceuticals and other organizations within his professional field. Dr. Lamont Tyler also maintains membership with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which will host its Diabetes Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) Working Group session in December 2016.
The Diabetes KSA Working Group will help physicians complete the 60-question KSA form required to meet the Family Medicine Certification Self-Assessment Activities requirements set forth by the American Board of Family Medicine. Formally known as the Self-Assessment Module, KSA covers a series of competency questions designed to assess one’s knowledge in a particular domain or area of concentration. An experienced faculty of family physicians will lead the group and collaborate with participants to determine the best answers.
Over the course of the one-day session, participants will receive the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge on an assortment of diabetes topics. Learning objectives include the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, non-pharmacologic management of diabetes mellitus, and the recognition and management of microvascular and macrovascular complications. Participants will also earn eight AAFP prescribed credits and eight American Medical Association Category 1 credits.
The AAFP will take place on December 2, 2016 at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada. To learn more about the group, visit aafp.org/cme/cme-topic/all/diabetes-sam/las-vegas.
As Medical Director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center’s PromptCare, Dr. Lamont Tyler takes pride in the diverse array of services offered to all individuals on a walk-in basis.