UAMS’ 27th Annual Family Medicine Update with Tobacco & Disease Symposium will offer up to 18 hours of online continuing education Oct. 24–27, 2023, for primary care physicians, doctors of osteopathic medicine, advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and certified health educators.
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. 27, at no cost. Friday’s session offers three, two-hour blocks of content.
Several talks on cardiovascular issues will feature Andre Ramdon, M.D., who will speak on peripheral arterial disease and aortic aneurysms, and pharmacist Pilar Murphy will speak on the pharmacology to treat heart failure.
Lester Matlock, CFP, will offer practice tips for providers with his talk on “Work Until You Drop,” and physical therapist Andy Glidewell will give practical physical therapy pointers that providers can use in their practice.
Two experts will speak on opioid issues. Michael Mancino, M.D., professor at the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute and program director for the Center for Addiction Services and Treatment, will discuss treating Opioid Use Disorder in primary care. Karen Burks, M.D., a family physician, will also be speaking on opioid use and prescribing.
The block on “Cravings to Consequences” will feature a talk on eating disorders with Laura Jones, APRN, who works with adolescents at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and Elizabeth Cleveland, Ph.D., is slated to talk on fetal alcohol syndrome disorder.
Other topics include maternal depression with Nikki Edge, Ph.D., and Shashank Kraleti, M.D., chair of the UAMS Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, and young onset colorectal cancer with Smita Krishnamurthi, M.D., with the Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Hematology and Oncology.
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 Emily Einstein, Ph.D., chief of science policy at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, who will talk on topics for teens regarding tobacco, alcohol and drug use; Aaron Weiner, Ph.D., owner of Bridge Forward Group; and Angela Criswell, M.A., director for GO2 for Lung Cancer, whose talk will focus on lung cancer screening as part of tobacco cessation.