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Thursday, January 19, 2023

 2:00 PM Registration Open  
 2:45 - 3:00 PM Welcome  
 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Artificial Intelligence, the Future of Medicine: Scribing Services, Robotics and, 
Tito Care Technology

Kris Brenner, DO 
 4:00 - 5:00 PM Infectious Disease Update: COVID, Monkeypox Liam Sullivan, DO
 5:00 - 6:00 PM Pulmonary Hypertension Case Studies  Chad Link, DO
 6:00 - 7:00 PM ECG Primer and Commonly Encountered Arrhythmias  Chad Link, DO

Friday, January 20, 2023

 7:00 AM Registration Open  
 7:00 - 8:00 AM Product Theatre Breakfast  
 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Visit Exhibit Booths  
 8:00 - 9:00 AM Prostate Cancer  Karla Witzke, DO
 9:00 - 10:00 AM Updates in Female Incontinence Karla Witzke, DO
 10:00 -10:30 AM Break/Visit Exhibitors  
 10:30 - 11:30 AM Vaping: A Wolf in High-Tech Clothing Shelley Schmidt, MD, MS
 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Rapid Fire Medication Update  Michael Bouthillier, Pharm D
 12:30 - 1:30 PM Product Theater Lunch  
 1:30 - 2:30 PM Understand the Role of Electrophysiology in Caring for our Patients Ali Sheikh, DO
 2:30 - 3:00 PM Break/Visit Exhibitors  
 3:00 - 4:00 PM Updated Recommendations on Exercise During Pregnancy Todd Sheperd, MD, CAQSM
 4:00 - 5:00 PM COVID-19: Considerations in the Athlete Todd Sheperd, MD, CAQSM
 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Winter Festival 

  • Sledding, 
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Smores
  • Silent Auction

Saturday, January 21, 2023

 7:00 AM   Registration Open  
 7:00 - 8:00 AM   Product Theatre Breakfast  
 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM   Visit Exhibit Booths  
 8:00 - 10:00 AM   Poster Presentations Open  
 8:00 - 9:00 AM   Dermatology Concerns Stephen Cahill, DO, FAAD 
 9:00 - 10:00 AM   Rheumatology Topic John Tower, DO, FACOI
 10:00 - 10:30 AM

Student/Resident Track
General Attendee

View Poster Presentations   
 10:00 -10:30 AM

Student/Resident Track
General Attendee

Break/Visit Exhibitors/View Poster Presentations  
 10:30 - 11:30 AM Student/Resident Track
General Attendee
History of Family Medicine (Panel Discussion) Dan Wallace, DO
 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM General Attendee Tendinopathy: Ice and rest is not the answer Matthew Axtman, DO
 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Student/Resident Track Mental Health in Residency & Panel Discussion Wesley Wander, DO, PGY-3
Kenchirro Kue, DO, PGY-3
 12:30 - 1:30 PM   Product Theater Lunch/View Poster Presentations  
 1:30 - 2:30 PM Student/Resident Track
General Attendee
Common Liver Diseases Ryan Smith, DO
 2:30 - 3:00 PM Student/Resident Track Poster Awards Reception   
 2:30 - 3:00 PM   Break/Visit Exhibitors  
 3:00 - 5:00 PM Student/Resident Track
General Attendee
OMM Workshop: Injections and OMT Edward Haughn, DO

Sunday, January 22, 2022

David A. Occhiuto JD
 7:30 AMRegistration Open 
 7:00 - 8:00 AM Breakfast  
 8:00 - 9:00 AMOne Key Question: Family Planning & Pregnancy ConfirmationDan Wallace, DO
 9:00 - 10:00 AM Pass the Salt, a Hospitalist’s Take on Electrolyte Disturbances Ben Busman, DO, FACOI
 10:00 - 11:00 AM Navigating the Medical-Legal Overlap: Key Topics in Medical Malpractice LitigationDavid A. Occhiuto JD

Pre Recorded Sessions
Available throughout the conference

Understanding patient satisfaction surveys Lee Begrow, DO
Building an LGBT Friendly PracticeChristine Harb, DO, MPH

Speaker Bios and Session Details

Liam Sullivan, DO

Liam Sullivan is an Adult Infectious Disease Specialist at Corewell Health West (formerly Spectrum Health) 

Infectious Disease Update: COVID and Monkeypox
Thursday, January 19 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Discuss current situation with COVID-19 pandemic & Monkeypox outbreak, including clinical presentation, diagnosis, therapeutics & vaccination.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss current state of COVID-19 pandemic
  2. Discuss current COVID-19 therapeutics & vaccines
  3. Discuss clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment & vaccination of monkeypox

Karla Witzke, DO

Karla Witzke is a graduate of MSU, Lyman Briggs School in 1998 and MSUCOM in 2004. She completed an internship at Mt Clemens General Hospital in 2005. Her experience includes General Surgery and Urology Residency, Mt Clemens General, 2011 Private practice 2011-2014 Great Lakes Bay Area. My Michigan Urology 2014- present, Urology System Chair

Prostate Cancer 2023
Friday, January 20 | 8:00 - 9:00 AM

This session will discuss Prostate Cancer Screening, Active Surveillance, and MRI of prostate. Updates in treatment with whole gland surgery, focal treatment, and radiation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participant will learn most recent prostate cancer screening recommendations
  2. Active surveillance, what it is and resources for patients
  3. Updates on options for treatment on prostate cancer

Female Incontinence and Recurrent UTIs
Friday, January 20 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

This session will discuss stress, urge, and mixed incontinence. Updates in new treatments for SUI (Stress Urinary Incontinence) Updates in new treatments for UUI (Urge Urinary Incontinence). Recurrent UTIs how to evaluate, treat, and when to send to urology.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand different types of female urinary incontinence
  2. Treatments for SUI
  3. Treatments for UUI
  4. Treatments and workup for recurrent UTIs

Shelley L. Schmidt, MD, MS

Dr. Shelley Schmidt is a board-certified community pulmonary and critical care physician at Corewell Health in West Michigan and is the director of Corewell Health's nationally recognized Pulmonary Fibrosis Care Center where she met her patient with popcorn lung who ultimately introduced her to the beginnings of what would become the vaping epidemic. Together, they have spoken to thousands of middle and high school students, and their parents, in West Michigan about vaping and nicotine addiction. Dr. Schmidt has been featured on local TV, and radio affiliates, and national news outlets on the vaping epidemic. She has testified to the House Oversight Committee on Michigan’s e-cigarette flavor ban and was awarded the Physician Citizenship Award for these efforts by the Boy Scouts of America and the medical societies of Kent and Ottawa counties.

Vaping: A Wolf in High-Tech Clothing
Friday, January 20 | 10:30 - 11:30 AM

A Silicon Valley start-up erases decades of public health gains on youth tobacco use on its way to a $38 billion dollar valuation in less than 3 years - right under everyone's noses. Our collective underestimation of tobacco use for what it is - an addiction - with 50 years of documented long-term consequences - endangers the future of our kids.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how nicotine acts in the brain to empower your patients to understand their addiction and why treatment can come up short.
  2. Detail physiologic dangers of vaping and nicotine and how that compares to traditional combustible cigarettes.
  3. Your youngest patients are addicted to nicotine without FDA approved treatment. Discuss approaches to supporting and treating this patient population.

Michael J Bouthillier, Pharm D

Michael Bouthillier is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Ferris State University, College of Pharmacy. He received his PharmD Degree and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Utah. He is an embedded pharmacist in the Family Medicine Residency Center at Spectrum Health - splitting time between the urban campus in Grand Rapids and the rural clinic in Greenville.

Rapid Fire Medication Update
Friday, January 20 | 11:30 - 12:30 PM

This session will provide short, practice based updates on medications for common conditions managed by Family Medicine Physicians.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Create a care approach for a patient with difficult to control hyperlipidemia.
  2. Identify patients that may benefit from new therapies to manage their medical condition
  3. Explain evidence for and against medication use in shared decision-making conversations

Todd M Sheperd, MD, CAQSM

Dr. Sheperd is currently a practicing physician at Owner Bayside Family and Sports Medicine, PC. He also serves as the Site Director at McLaren Northern Michigan Family Medicine Residency RTP, Clinical Assistant Professor at MSU CHM, Clinical Adjunct Instructor at U of M, Clinical Assistant Professor at CMU COM. He is an active member of the USSA Physician Pool. Dr. Shepard graduated from NMU Undergraduate, BS Biochemistry in 1992 and University of Michigan Medical School, MD in 1996.

Updated Recommendations on Exercise During Pregnancy
Friday, January 20 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM

This session will review currently available guidelines regarding exercise during pregnancy and evidence summarizing their conclusions and clinical applications.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Summarize currently available guidelines affecting physical activity during pregnancy
  2. Define physiologic changes during exercise and associated with pregnancy
  3. List contraindications to exercise during pregnancy
  4. Develop an evidence-based approach to counseling patients about exercise before, during and after pregnancy

COVID-19: Considerations in the Athlete
Friday, January 20 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM

This session will review the rapidly changing recommendations for both recreational and organized athletes. It will allow the practicing clinician to develop strategies for the treatment of athletes affected by covid as well as methods to reduce disease transmission in the community.

Learning Objectives:

  1. List currently understood impact of COVID-19 on the athletic population
  2. Compare strategies to prevent spread of COVID-19 in the athletic population
  3. Describe complications associated with COVID-19 in school-aged athletes
  4. Become familiar with state guidelines affecting student athletes and communicable diseases

Stephen Cahill, DO, FAAD

Dr. Stephen Cahill received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a Family Medicine residency at McLaren Macomb and Dermatology Residency at Tri-county Dermatology in Ohio. He is a partner in a private practice in Grand Rapids at Dermatology Associates of West Michigan, where he practices in general dermatology with an emphasis on cutaneous cancers, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.

Pearls of Cutaneous Malignancy
Saturday, January 21 | 8:00 - 9:00 AM

An overview of the common cutaneous malignancies; how to identify these cancers, risks factors for development, testing, treatment standards and outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identification of the three most common cutaneous cancers.
  2. Understanding risk factors for development of skin cancer and prevention.
  3. Understanding treatment modalities available and how your dermatologist colleagues can help.

John E Tower, DO, FACOI

Dr. Tower received both his undergraduate degree and his medical degree in Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University. He is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, completing his fellowship at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Upon completion of his Rheumatology fellowship in 1991, he joined the William Beaumont-Troy Medical Staff and has served in a number of roles. He has chaired a number of hospital quality, safety & process improvement committees over the last 20 years. In 2000 he was named the Medical Director of Quality and Chief Patient Safety Officer. In 2002 he was selected as one of fifty individuals for the inaugural class of the Health Forum’s Patient Safety Fellowship. Dr. Tower has a long-standing reputation in Michigan as a leader in Quality and Patient Safety. He has continued to make positive change locally through his continued role in Beaumont Health in the area of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. Dr. Tower spoke at the 5th Annual National Patient Safety Congress in Washington DC, about the system changes within Beaumont which allowed Beaumont Health to be recognized as a finalist for the American Hospital Association/ National Patient Safety Foundation co-sponsored annual “The Quest for Quality Award”. Beaumont Health, Troy division was recognized in quality, safety and performance improvement for sixth time in seven years as a Solucient "100 Top Hospital” for teaching hospitals of its size an additional testimony to Dr. Tower’s leadership and ability to effect change in this area.

Dr. Tower served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Arthritis Foundation of Michigan and was been a volunteer with the organization for over 20 years. He was also a member of the task force for revision of the State of Michigan’s Arthritis Action Plan, a collaborative effort the Michigan Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Tower also served on the Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan Hospital Association “TAG” “technical advisory group” working to shape the future of the incentive, “pay for performance” plan in Michigan. Dr. Tower’s work and medical leadership were acknowledged in 2008, when he was awarded Health Care Leader of the Year by the Michigan Hospital Association. With Dr. Tower’s background and experience in Quality and Safety he accepted and served a 6 year term on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Peer Review Organization’s the state’s Quality Improvement Organization. Most recently Dr. Tower was named to an elite group of Beaumont physicians as the 2019 Distinguished Service Award Winner for Beaumont Health-Troy

In 2015 he became Associate professor in Rheumatology of the Oakland University/William Beaumont School of Medicine. In 2017, Dr. Tower join the Medical Staff of Spectrum United as a Rheumatology consultant. He served for 3 years on the Spectrum Health United Board Quality Committee. Dr. Tower has authored several articles for publications. He also lectures regularly and presents on a variety of rheumatologic topics as well as in the area of quality and patient safety in both classroom and conference settings, locally and nationally.

Rheumatology Update 2023
Saturday, January 21 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Review guidelines for Rheumatology referrals and current state of treatment options related to the more common inflammatory rheumatic diseases

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review of the American College of Rheumatology guidelines for referral to rheumatology
  2. Discuss clinical scenarios where patient should be considered for referral to rheumatologist
  3. Discuss most common inflammatory rheumatic diseases and treatment options.
  4. Discuss appropriate diagnostic testing to enhance efficiency of rheumatic diagnosis as well as potential triage for referred patient.

Dan Wallace, DO

Dan Graduated in June of 1992 from MSU-COM. He practiced his Family Medicine residency at EW Sparrow Hospital graduating in June of 1995. Dan worked 21 years for the Grand Valley Health Plan as a local staff model HMO until joining Spectrum Health Family Medicine Residency program in 2016. Currently he is a core faculty member with clinical interests in OB, Osteopathic manual medicine, office procedures, and teaching residents and medical students.

One Key Question
Saturday, January 21 | 10:30 - 11:30 am

This session will discuss Family Medicine focused preconception and family planning care. Review of important topics to consider in assisting women in family planning. We will cover chronic medical conditions, medication use, psycho-social factors, and other preconception issues for pregnancy. We will also discuss family planning birth control options, risk, benefits, and procedures.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the significance of asking the "One Key Question" to women of child-bearing age.
  2. Understand the complexity of preconception care and risk reduction for mother and potential fetus.
  3. Understand long and short-term birth control options, risks, benefits, and procedural techniques.

Matthew Axtman, DO

Matthew Axtman is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with subspecialty (CAQ) in sports medicine. Dr. Axtman earned his undergraduate degree from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and his medical degree from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. After completing his internship at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, Dr. Axtman spent three years as a battalion surgeon with the United States Marine Corps based in Kanehoe Bay Hawaii where he had combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, and one year as a staff physician at Naval Medical Center in Great Lakes, Illinois. He completed his residency in PM&R at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, and his fellowship in PM&R sports medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. He has special interests in non-operative musculoskeletal conditions and injuries in children and adults. He also has expertise in interventional and diagnostic ultrasound medicine, regenerative injection therapy (platelet rich plasma therapy), and sports related concussion management.

Tendinopathy: Ice and rest is not the answer
Saturday, January 21 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Tendinopathy is a chronic change within the tendon that can be painful and limiting for individuals. Understanding the chronic changes within the tendon and how to evaluate and treat are vital in resolving and returning patients back to full function.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the pathophysiology of tendinopathy
  2. Evaluation and physical exam of tendons
  3. Treatment options for chronic tendinopathy

Wesley Wander, DO, PGY-3 & Kenchiro Kue, DO, PGY-3

Wesley Wander D.O. is a third year psychiatry resident affiliated with the MSU Psychiatry Residency Program. He is interested in child and adolescent psychiatry and neuromodulation strategies for managing treatment resistant depression, PTSD, psychosis, and mania.

Kenchiro Kue is a PGY-3 resident at the Michigan State University Psychiatry Residency Program. He completed his undergraduate studies at MSU (Michigan State University) with a B.S. in Neuroscience. He then completed his D.O. at MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has an interest in cultural psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and cognitive behavioral therapy. In his free time he enjoys exercising, traveling, and watching mixed martial arts.

Mental Health in Residency
Saturday, January 21 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Strategies for maintaining/addressing one's mental health during the transition into residency and beyond. Presentation and resident panel on how to advocate for and strengthen your mental wellbeing, and what resources are available.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To gain a greater understanding of the unique stressors one encounters in residency
  2. How to manage these stressors
  3. Identifying what resources/options are available

Ryan Smith, DO

Dr. Ryan Smith is a board-certified Family Medicine physician and is core faculty at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren, Michigan. Dr. Smith completed his medical degree at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital, where he also served as a Chief Resident. Dr. Smith is board-certified in Family Medicine and OMT through the American Board of Family Physicians (ABFM) and American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians (AOBFP). Dr. Smith seeks to educate the next generation of family physicians by promoting health & wellness encompassing a holistic approach to each patient. Dr. Smith focuses on disease management and aspects of the mind, body, and spirit that integrate into optimizing a patient’s health. It is Dr. Smith’s mission to allow each learner a suitable environment to learn, grow, and thrive. Dr. Smith holds an academic appointment with Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine, and Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor and also serves as a Director on the MAOFP Board of Directors. Dr. Smith has received the AOF/ACOFP Outstanding Resident of the Year Award, MAOFP Resident of the Year Award, and the STFM Resident Teacher Award.

Common Liver Diseases
Saturday, January 21 | 1:30 - 2:30 PM

In this session We will discuss common liver disease screening, workup and management in the family medicine outpatient setting.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand common liver disease screenings and when to appropriately order.
  2. Workup abnormal liver enzymes in the family medicine setting.
  3. Manage common liver diseases and recognize when referral is indicated.

Benjamin M. Busman, DO, FACOI

Benjamin (Ben) Busman DO, FACOI is a practicing Hospitalist at Spectrum Health West Michigan since 2013. He has a passion for leading fellow physicians in his role as Section Chief and fostering Physician and APP wellness in his role as the Medical Staff Liaison for the Office of Physician and APP Fulfillment.

He holds a Doctorate of Osteopathy from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Connecticut, spending a year as Chief Medical Resident. He then joined Spectrum Health where he led the inpatient teams through an Electronic Health Record and patient care transformation called Nexus. He led the implementation of Open Notes which revolutionized patient access to their medical records in real time. He has been recognized with the Spectrum Health Synergy award for his work in decreasing mortality in sepsis.

Dr. Busman is a Board-Certified Internal Medicine Physician and a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists. He has completed leadership training with Spectrum Health Prepare and Propel curriculum and is a graduate of The Academy Physician Leadership Program.

Pass the Salt, a Hospitalist’s Take on Electrolyte Disturbances
Sunday, January 22 | 8:00- 9:00 AM

This session will focus on electrolyte disturbances that are frequently encountered during admission to the hospital. Using a case-based approach we will explore common medication side effects that lead to electrolyte disturbances as well as additional medical pathologies that can result in electrolyte derangement. We review the pathophysiology leading to the electrolyte disturbances and common treatment plans implemented in the hospitalized patient that allow for safe transition back to their Primary Care Physicians.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the potential impacts on electrolyte balance for commonly prescribed medications.
  2. Understand the treatment of symptomatic severe hyponatremia in the hospitalized patient.
  3. Recognize patient demographics and medications that place patients at increased risk for sudden death with Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole use.

David A. Occhiuto JD

David Occhiuto is a healthcare and medical malpractice defense attorney, primarily specialized in representing Michigan healthcare providers and institutions. He obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from Michigan State University.

Navigating the Medical-Legal Overlap: Key Topics in Medical Malpractice Litigation
Sunday, January 22 | 9:00 - 10:00 AM

This session will provide attendees with information regarding the medical-legal overlap, and the reality of malpractice litigation in the field of medicine. It will teach attendees about issues before and after the commencement of a medical malpractice action.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand key topics in the medical-legal overlap.
  2. Consider circumstances both before and after a medical malpractice action commences.
  3. Understand best practices for avoiding litigation.
  4. If litigation arises, identify and understand the role of the provider.

Christine Harb, DO, MPH

Dr. Christine Harb (she/they) is a queer Palestinian human rights activist, physician, and public health practitioner. She is currently a first year resident in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. She graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, where they completed a pre-doctoral academic fellowship in Medical Education. Additionally, they received their Master of Community and Behavioral Health from the University of Iowa, specializing in refugee/immigrant health, rural medicine, and transgender healthcare access. Dr. Harb published one of the first articles from the Midwest investigating the motivators and barriers to transgender healthcare access in rural settings.

Building an LGBT Friendly Practice

Pre Recorded | Available November 19-22

This session will give an overview of the barriers to healthcare access for LGBT individuals and will discuss the health disparities that exist between LGBT folks and their heterosexual, cis-gender counterparts. It will then review different methods and strategies that practitioners can use to build an LGBT friendly practice that offers high quality, comprehensive, and equitable healthcare.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review health disparities between LGBT individuals and their heterosexual, cis-gender counterparts
  2. Discuss barriers that prevent or obstruct access to necessary healthcare, including public policy and legislation
  3. Learn more about how to build an LGBT friendly practice that meets the needs of this vulnerable community

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