UAMS Family Medicine Update Set for Oct. 25-27

By Linda Haymes

A discounted early registration price of $330 for three days or $250 for two days is available through Oct. 5. To register, call 501-686-6626 or visit

Standard registration is $390 for the full conference or $290 for two days. Single-day pricing is also available. After Oct. 5, the standard fee will be discounted 25 percent if three or more register at the same time. Registrants must call to get this rate.

The Family Medicine Update is provided by the UAMS College of Medicine and is an annual opportunity for health care professionals to learn about the latest advances and information impacting family medicine.

Topics on the first day will include how to assess patient risk for substance abuse disorder by Ashley Acheson, Ph.D.; a pharmacology update by Kaci Thiessen, Pharm.D.; information on reflux disease from Benjamin Tharian, M.D.; and tips for improving patient compliance for colon cancer screening by Shashank Garg, M.D.

The second day will feature Rebecca Cantone, M.D., a family physician from Oregon, who will share her clinic’s success in tackling opioid addiction. UAMS’ Lindsey Dayer, Pharm.D., will speak about opioid use and naloxone. UAMS’ Rohit Dhall, M.D., will show how to identify essential tremor and how to manage the condition.

The final day will feature the UAMS Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery offering ear, nose and throat topics for family medicine. The agenda includes: “Swallowing and the Voice” by Ozlem Ugur-Tulunay, M.D.; “ENT for Peds” by Adam Johnson, M.D.; and “Nose and Sinuses” with Alissa Kanaan, M.D.

Sessions will include diabetic foot care, a panel discussion on colorectal cancer and a hands-on workshop on wound care and dressings.

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