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.
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 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.
Medical Director Dr. Lamont Tyler works with OSF Medical Group in Bloomington, Illinois. As a clinical physician there, Dr. Lamont Tyler tends to urgent care and acute care patients. He is also affiliated with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
The AAFP supports physicians in the family medicine specialty so that they can provide a high standard of care. Alongside resources for individual physicians and their practices, the AAFP engages in political advocacy to advance and protect the discipline.
In January, the AAFP signed two documents in support of women’s health services, which may face an uncertain future. It joined leaders from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians, and other physician organizations in asking Washington, DC, to protect health care for women in the coming months and years.
These organizations asked Congress to allow women access to evidence-based care and leave political interference out of medical decisions. Their letters also asked Congress to uphold the preventive care provisions, as well as the ban on gender rating, established by the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Lamont Tyler serves as medical director of specialty physician services at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Illinois. Outside of work, Dr. Lamont Tyler provides support to a number of medically engaged organizations, including the American Diabetes Association (ADA). At the recent ADA 76th Scientific Session in New Orleans, a unique bionic pancreas was unveiled.
The artificial pancreas delivers glucagon through small doses using an automated continuous glucose monitoring system to significantly reduce the chances of hypoglycemia in patients who have type 1 diabetes. Glucagon, normally produced and secreted by the pancreas, raises blood glucose and helps maintain appropriate levels in concert with insulin, which lowers blood glucose.
A double blind, placebo-controlled, and randomized crossover study involving 22 patients using an insulin pump or daily injections found that use of the bionic pancreas reduced instances of hypoglycemia. Patients received either glucagon or placebo on alternative days and had no knowledge of which they received. Researchers found that half as many symptomatic hypoglycemic incidents happened on glucagon days when compared to placebo days.
Serving the needs of patients in the Central Illinois area, Dr. Lamont Tyler functions as the medical director of the OSF Medical Group’s Eastern Region Specialty Physician Services. Dr. Lamont Tyler maintains American Board of Family Medicine certification and is experienced in diverse aspects of health care, including respiratory infections.
The most common acute illness examined within an outpatient setting, upper respiratory tract infections (URIs) encompass everything from life-threatening epiglottitis to the common cold. The cause is one of approximately 200 viruses that inflame membranes of the nose and throat.
Reactions to URIs by the body’s immune system include sneezing and coughing, as well as the production of extra mucus. Additionally, the nasal lining may swell, which in combination with mucus, makes breathing challenging.
URIs are particularly common among young children, with six to eight a year common among those under the age of 6. By adulthood, this number has decreased to on average two to four occurrences annually. Avoiding URIs involves not holding objects touched by those with colds in close proximity to the mouth, nose, and eyes. In addition, physical distance from people with colds helps, as viruses can be contracted by breathing in small particles of infected material that stick to nasal membranes.
Currently working as the OSF St. Joseph Medical Center Medical Director, Dr. Lamont Tyler advanced to his position after two years in the urgent care division. Dr. Lamont Tyler is a member of the American Academy of Family Medicine and the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine (AAUCM).
Based in Orlando, Florida, the AAUCM is a nonprofit organization that contributes to the scientific research needed to improve the inclusive quality of health care. As a group that supports progressing the urgent care medicine practice, this society is comprised mainly of physicians, nurse practitioners, and assistant physicians.
In 2015, the AAUCM announced that it partnered with the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS) to provide AAUCM members with specific urgent care scribe courses. AAUCM members now receive discounts on ACMSS membership, which aids in gaining certifications. Medical scribes are essential in the industry for keeping accurate and detailed clinical documentation for reference and compliance issues.
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.