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2018 Convention Syllabus

AOMA 96th Annual Convention

Syllabus and Handouts 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Acccreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) and the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association. TUNCOM is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

TUNCOM designates this live activity for a maximum of 38.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. The AOMA designates this program for a maximum of 38.25 hours of AOA Category 1-A CME credits and will report CME credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

This live activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to XX.XX prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of the participation in the activity.


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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 -  General and Concurrent Sessions

7:30 am to 8:55 am - Sonora

Opening General Session: Mastering the Practice of Precision Medicine

Michael Berens, PhD






9:10 am to 10:05 am - Sonora

ABCs of Hepatitis

David Tessler, DO

 9:10 am to 10:05 am - Grand 4

Psoriatic Arthritis & Ankylosing Spondylitis

Joy Schectman, DO, FACR, FACOI

10:10 to 11:05 am - Sonora

Cryptogenic Stroke: A Logical Approach

Alphonse Ambrosia, DO, FACC




10:10 am to 11:05 am - Grand 4


J. Scott Kennedy, DO, FADD



11:10 am to 12:05 pm - Sonora

Functional Medicine

Susan Del Sordi-Staats, DO

11:10 am to 12:05 pm- Grand 4

Food Allergy: Old and New

Cindy Bauer, MD

12:15 pm to 1:40 pm - Pavilion

Keynote Luncheon: The Osteopathic Profession - Transformee or Transformer

Karen Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, CS


1:55 pm to 2:50 pm - Sonora

Syphilis Bulletin 2018

Lisa Villarroel, MD, MPH




3:05 pm to 4:00 pm - Sonora

The Intersection of Food Insecurity, Health, and Health Care Utilization

Jillian Barber, MPH


4:05 pm to 5:00 pm - Sonora

Physician Burnout: A Burning Epidemic

Andrea Raby, DO



Thursday, April 12, 2018 - All General Sessions

7:30 am to 8:25 am - Sonora

Imagine Fully Informed Health: The Paradigm Shift of HIE

Melissa Kotrys, MPH

8:30 am to 9:25 am - Sonora

Medical School Education in the Technology Age

Jeffrey Morgan, DO, MA, CS, FACOI


9:55 am to 10:50 am - Sonora

Advances in Telemedicine & Telehealth: New Models of Healthcare Delivery

Ronald Weinstein, MD, FACP

10:55 am to 11:50 am - Sonora

Live Telemedicine Demonstration

Donald Curran, DO

Brandon Abbott, DO, MPH





1:00 pm to 1:40 pm - Sonora

Virtual Scribes and Assistants in Medical Practices

Mark Carnett, DO

1:45 pm to 2:40 pm - Sonora

Integrating Biomedical Informatics into the Clinical Practice

Adela Grando, PhD



3:10 pm to 3:50 pm - Sonora

Telemedicine Liability: Do You Know the Risks?

Jeremy Hodder, DHSc, MSc, Pg Dip Law, BScN (Hons) CPHRM, RN

Susan Jones, BA, LPN, CPHRM


3:55pm to 4:50 pm - Sonora

AOMA Town Hall: Healthcare Policy and Politics

Kim Ross

Steve Barclay, JD

Pete Wertheim, MS, AOMA Executive Director




Friday, April 13, 2018 - General and Concurrent Sessions


7:30 am to 8:25 am - Sonora


Veenod Chulani, MD



 7:30 am to 8:25 am - Grand 4

Minimally Invasive LVADs and Hybrid Therapies

Zain Khalpey, MD

8:30 am to 9:25 am - Sonora

Headache Medicine for the Non-Neurologist

Justin DeLange, DO



 8:30 am to 9:25 am - Grand 4

Man Up! Why Men Won't See Their Doctor

Efren Cano, DO

9:55 am to 10:50 am - Sonora

Seizures: What's Shake'n

Thomas Minahan, DO, FACEOP



 9:55 am to 10:50 am - Grand 4

MACRA and the CMS Quality Payment Program

Howard Pitluk, MD, MPH, FACS

10:55 am to 11:50 am - Sonora

2018 Immunization Update

Karen Lewis, MD, FAAP



 10:55 am to 11:50 am - Grand 4

Longitudinal Ultrasound Curriculum: A Reality

Charles Finch, DO, FACOEP

12:00 pm to 1:25 pm - Sonora

Luncheon Lecture: Journey to the White House and Beyond - Taking Care of VIP Patients

E. Connie Mariano, MD



1:35 pm to 2:30 pm - Sonora

Perplexing Problems in Polypharmacy

Ned Stolzberg, MD

2:40 pm to 3:55 pm - Sonora

Death Certification and Postmortem Examination

Andrea Wiens, DO, MS




Saturday, April 14, 2018 - General and Concurrent Sessions

6:00 am to 7:00 am - Sonora

Yoga in Practice

Michelle Mifflin, DO


7:30 am to 8:25 am  - Grand 2-4

Asthma in Pediatric Patients

Danthuy Dao, DO         

7:30 am to 9:25 am - Sonora

Osteopathic Approach to Thoracic Outlet Syndromes

Richard Dobrusin, DO, MS (Ost), FACOFP



8:30 am to 9:25 am - Grand 2-4

Understanding and Preparing for Emerging Diseases

Capt. Ha Tang, DO


9:40 am to 10:35 am - Grand 2-4

Lung Cancer Update

Ronald Servi, DO



9:40 am to 11:35 am - Sonora

Osteopathic Manipulation for the Knee and Shoulder

Carlton Richie III, DO, FAAFP

10:40 am to 11:35 am - Grand 2-4

Evaluation and Treatment of a Thyroid Nodule

Bryan Friedman, DO


11:45 am to 1:15 pm - Grand
Clinical Case Competition Luncheon

Fast and Fatal: A Rare Case of Primary Cardiac

AOA 1-A CME Credit



1:20 pm to 2:15 pm - Grand 2-4

Antimicrobial Stewardship: Combating Resistance and Untreatable Bugs

Matthew Daab, MD


1:20 pm to 3:15 pm - Sonora

Tri Something Different for Headaches: An Osteopathic Approach for Headache Management

Deborah Heath, DO, CSPOMM


2:20 pm to 3:15 pm - Grand 2-4

Heart Health and Pregnancy: Predicting Cardiovascular Health

Andrea Keller, DO


3:30 pm to 5:00 pm -Grand 2-4

Stump the Doc: Medical Knowledge Competition

Moderator: Lori Kemper, DO, MS, FACOFP






Sunday, April 15, 2018 - All General Sessions


8:00 am to 8:55 am - Grand 1-2

Facts and Fiction: The True Story on Electronic Cigarettes

Gwen Levitt, DO


9:00 am to 9:55 am - Grand 1-2

Primary Palliative Care

Richard Guthrie, DO, FACP

10:10 am to 11:05 am Grand 1-2

Lessons Learned from a Physician Expert Witness

David Bryman, DO



11:10 am to 12:05 pm - Grand 1-2

Understanding the Arizona Opioid Law
Pete Wertheim, MS

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