UAMS to Hold Virtual Family Medicine Conference for Medical Professionals from April 27-30

By Linda Satter

The conference is completely virtual. Courses are offered in two-hour blocks, twice daily, at $40 per block. Attend all four days at a discounted price of $250.

To register, call 501-686-6626 or visit

The conference will kick off with national opioid expert Don Teater, M.D., who will speak on pain addiction treatment. Teater was the lead facilitator for the expert panel during the development of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. He also was the medical adviser at the National Safety Council, leading its effort to reduce opioid abuse and overdose in the community and in the workplace.

Other national speakers include Steven Masley, M.D., who will speak on preventing and reversing cardiovascular disease through lifestyle interventions as well as enhancing cognitive function and preventing memory loss. His PBS program, “30 Days to a Younger Heart,” was the most popular health and wellness show on public television and was viewed by millions over three years. He is also a best-selling author of four books.

Kent Corso, Psy.D., will speak on managing suicidal patients in primary care. Corso has researched, developed and evaluated suicide prevention programs across the United States and Canada and has trained and consulted with medical professionals on evidence-based suicide prevention and intervention internationally.

A full day will be dedicated to cancer updates for the primary care provider, including a talk on the big picture of treating cancer patients from Richard Wender, M.D. Wender was the first primary care clinician to serve on the American Cancer Society National Board and in 2006 became the first primary care physician to be elected national president of the society. He is the chairman of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania.

Other topics for the conference include COVID-19 immunizations and updates from Jose Romero, M.D., and Joe Thompson, M.D., as well as e-scripts, spina bifida, breastfeeding, Parkinson’s Disease and the four M’s of age-friendly care.

The Family Medicine Spring Review 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.


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