Pre-conference Sessions 

Registration and $25 fee is required. Pre-conferences are open to all attendees

Friday, October 6 from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

$25 registration fee enables attendee access to all pre-conference offerings. 

Buprenorphine training - Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD, MPH, Chicago Department of Public Health - session organizer

Dr. Salisbury-Afshar is the Illinois AFP family physician expert in addictions and opioid safety and a certified Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) presenter. All participants who complete the half-day training will receive an email link to the remaining 4 hours of education. Upon completion of the full 8 hours of education, all physicians who have completed the training are able to apply for the DATA waiver to prescribe buprenorphine.

This session is limited to a maximum of 40 attendees.

Family physicians and pain management - Will Campbell, DO, Advocate Health Care -  session organizer

William Campbell, D.O., is board certified in family medicine and pain management, and practices at Advocate Health Care physician in Tinley Park (Chicago southwestern suburb)

At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:
• Evaluate their practice for the provision of wholistic pain management for patients: from non-pharmacologic therapy to pharmacologic therapy
• Make a plan for their practice clinical team on pain management such as office policy, patient contracts; lab tests; and referrals
• Establish practice clinical guidelines on pain management, such a morphine mg equivalents, frequency of urine screening, naloxone prescribing
• Provide solutions to “tricky” clinical cases through small group discussions in the practice
• Assess their readiness to get buprenorphine treatment certification

Hospice and end of life care - Ramandeep Kaur, MD, Rush University Medical Center - session organizer

This preconference will also focus on management of common symptoms in patients at end of life in home, assisted living facility or nursing home setting. It is critical that physicians understand regimens to achieve symptom relief, and prevent suffering.
Components of this pre-conference include:

  • Challenges to Hospice enrollment.
  • Breaking bad news.
  • Prognostication.
  • Discussion on common End of Life Symptoms and management.
  • Advance care planning and related forms.

Maternity Care Collaborative:  Evelyn Figueroa, MD - University of Illinois at Chicago Family Medicine Residency and Stephen Sladek, MD - Advocate Christ Family Medicine Residency (IL) - session organizers. This Collaborative has met at each of the past five Family Medicine Midwest Conferences.

The workshop will cover: 

  • Reviewing final data from our gestational weight gain project (we are in the final collection period)
  • Work on competency assessment for vaginal deliveries 
  • General meeting reviewing mission statement, group goals, recruitment of new leadership

Women in Leadership - Janice Benson, MD - NorthShore University HealthSystem and Emma Daisy, MD - Heartland Health Center, Chicago - session organizers

Topics covered will include:

  • Domestic violence  
  • Gender bias/disparities that raise questions on getting buy-in from your organization, providing unconscious bias training, and other actions to address the gender gap
  • “Managing balance” panel that addresses work/life integration which is the crux of Women in Leadership – trying to carve out time to bring people together while everyone’s balancing their competing priorities