UAMS Presents Virtual Family Medicine Conference, Tobacco & Disease Symposium October 25-28

By Linda Satter

Presented by the UAMS College of Medicine, the annual conference provides an opportunity for health care professionals to learn about the latest advances and information impacting family medicine.

The conference is completely virtual. Courses are offered in two-hour blocks, twice daily, at $40 per block, with sessions on Friday, Oct. 28, at no cost. Friday’s session offers three, two-hour blocks of content.

To register, visit or call 501-686-6626 by Oct. 24.

Roger Kathol, M.D., adjunct professor of internal medicine at the University of Minnesota, will discuss how to blend behavioral health with primary care. His book, Healing Body AND Mind: A Critical Issue for Healthcare Reform, brings to life the negative impact that segregated physical and mental health care has on the lives of patients.

Susan Smyth, M.D., PhD, will join Kathol in a session called Top 10 Advances in Cardiology. She is UAMS executive vice chancellor and dean of the UAMS College of Medicine

Don Teater, M.D., a nationally known expert on opioids, will offer providers the latest information on opioids. The family physician has focused on the intersection of pain, opioids and addiction since 2004 and served as the lead facilitator for the expert panel during the development of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.

Two experts will speak on obesity and associated diseases — UAMS’ Dinesh Edem, M.D., will talk on obesity, diets and diabetes, while Brook Belay, M.D., MPH, from the CDC will speak on Arkansas’ state of childhood obesity.

Other topics include a stroke overview with Sanjeeva Onteddu, M.D, an assistant professor of neurology at UAMS; the future of family medicine in Arkansas with Tasha Starks, M.D., president of the Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians; pulmonary hypertension by William Atchley, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine at UAMS; psoriasis with Pinnacle Dermatology’s Andrea Mabry, M.D; the latest on Monkeypox from Joel Tumlison, M.D., who has been at the forefront of controlling the disease as medical director for immunizations at the Arkansas Department of Health; and a multiple sclerosis update with Erika Santos Horta, M.D, assistant professor of neurology at UAMS. Lisa Richardson, M.D., MPH, the director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the CDC, will speak on colorectal cancer in Arkansas.

Friday will be dedicated to the Tobacco & Disease Symposium with talks centered on tobacco cessation strategies, talking to patients about quitting tobacco and how tobacco/nicotine products are engineered to be more addictive.

Symposium speakers include Sandra Brown, DNP, assistant professor in healthcare administration at Langston University; Brenna VanFrank, M.D., MSPH, senior medical officer at CDC’s Office of Smoking and Health; Linda Cullers, CTTS, tobacco cessation specialist at UAMS; and Pamela Ling M.D, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California San Francisco.


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