UAMS Presents Virtual Family Medicine Spring Review with Tobacco & Disease Symposium April 25-28

By News Staff

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, April 28, at no cost. Friday’s session offers three, two-hour blocks of content.

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

Experts will discuss a variety of topics important for family medicine providers. Keith Winfrey, M.D., chief medical officer with New Orleans East Louisiana Community Health Center, will discuss how colorectal cancer is increasing in the younger population and the new guidelines for screening. His clinic has reached an 80% colorectal cancer screening rate and will share how this was possible.

Karen Burks, M.D., who is assistant professor at the Baptist Health-UAMS Family Medicine Residency Program, will devote two hours to substance use disorder, and how to identify and manage it from a primary care perspective.

For men’s and women’s health, Rebecca Cantu, M.D., an assistant professor in the UAMS Department of Pediatrics who practices at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, will address breastfeeding mothers on medications, and David Kelley, M.D., assistant professor with the UAMS Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, will speak on maternal death and mortality. Robert Dixon, M.D., professor with UAMS’ radiology department, will give an update on prostatic artery embolization.

Other topics include post-COVID symptoms, well-being for family physicians, continuous glucose monitoring for diabetic patients, preventive health care for LGBTQ+ patients, seeing patients beyond the clinical presentation, and antibiotic stewardship. Friday will be dedicated to the Tobacco & Disease Symposium with talks centered on vaping teen tobacco use and smoking cessation.

The symposium speakers include Laura Taylor, MPH, statewide coordinator of Project Prevent Youth Coalition at Arkansas Children’s Hospital; Aaron Weiner, Ph.D., owner of the Bridge Forward Group; and Emily Staples, D.O., a family medicine physician in Roanoke, Virginia.

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