17th Natl Conference April 7-10, 2006 on Island of Kaua'i

The Seventeenth National Conference on Primary Health Care Access will be held at the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i, from Friday, April 7 through Monday, April 10, 2006.

The theme of the Seventeenth National Conference will be “Community Needs”.

Richard Clover, MD
Richard Clover, MD

The theme day will examine the role of family physicians and their residency training programs in meeting their communities’ public health needs.   Headlining the theme day program will be Richard D. Clover, MD, Dean of the University of Louisville School of Public Health (see picture at right), who will present the Twelfth J. Jerry Rodos Lecture.

For the fifth National Conference in a row, noted author Doctor John Geyman, Emeritus Chair of Family Medicine at the University of Washington, will make a major presentation in the field of health care policy.  For this year’s subject he has chosen “Access to Disease Management: Does it Lower Costs or Improve Quality of Health Care?”  (Dr Geyman is pictured below.) Dr Geyman’s address has been designated as the 13th Charles E. Odegaard Lecture.

John Geyman, MD
John Geyman, MD

Dr. Geyman will present a critical evaluation of current literature and assess whether the adoption of disease management will yield results that match the “conventional wisdom”.

Doctor J. Jerry Rodos, whose theme day presentations at the Fourth and Fifth National Workshops on the Community Benefits of Family Medicine Residency Programs continue to be praised, will participate in a session entitled “American Medical Education Reform: 1906-2006: Unintended Consequences and their Impact on Communities of Need”.

Also featured in the Seventeenth National Conference will be a retrospective celebration of the first twelve J. Jerry Rodos Lectures, which will include the participation of former Rodos Lecturers, Doctors Gary LeRoy, Immediate Past President, Ohio Academy of Family Physicians and Charles Q. North, Senior Clinician for the Indian Health Service, Albuquerque.  Dr Rodos will take part in the ceremony.

A session entitled “Precarious Social Contracts: Undervaluing Systems of Care Associated with Family Physician Training Programs” will include Mark E. Clasen, MD, Ph.D. of Wright State University.

Picture at Left: Acting Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu, shown sitting with Dr Rodos, presented the 1999 Rodos Lecture at the 13th National Conference in Bethesda, and then presented Dr Rodos with the Medal of the Surgeon General.
Acting Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu, shown sitting with Dr Rodos, presented the 1999 Rodos Lecture at the 13th National Conference in Bethesda, and then presented Dr Rodos with the Medal of the Surgeon General.

Policy positions derived from the National Project on the Community Benefits of Family Medicine Residency Programs will be evaluated.  Participation in the discussions of policy will be Perry A. Pugno, MD, American Academy of Family Physicians, Robert P. Steiner, MD, Ph.D., of the Universtiy to Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences; Charles E. Henley, DO, MPH of the University of Oklahoma Department of Family Medicine, Tulsa; Robert Ross, MD, of the Cascades East Family Medicine Residency, Klamath Falls, Oregon; and Ana Bejinez-Eastman, MD of Presbyterian Intercommunity Medical Center, Whittier.

Dr Pugno will present the Sixteenth National G. Gayle Stephens Lecture.  A panel on the subject of student interest in family medicine, will be headlined by Doctor Michael Prislin, Associate Dean for Students at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Doctor Lam Van, Chief Resident at the Indiana University/Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Indianapolis, and William Burnett of the Coastal Research Group.

A plenary session entitled “Benefits for the Hawai’ian Community: Initiatives of the University of Hawai’i Department of Family Medicine” will be comprised of Doctors Neal Palafox, Chair, Allan Hixon, Family Medicine Residency Program Director, and Lee Ellen Buenconsejo-Lum, Associate Director.

Mr Burnett will join Doctor Melnick and J. Scott Christman of the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development on uses of Geographic Information Systems technologies for family and community medicine.

A discussion on the impact of Title VII funding changes on family medicine education will be led by Dr Pugno, with responses from Doctors Joshua Freeman and Steven A. Crawford, respectively Chairs of the family medicine departments of Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City and Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City.

Virginia Fowkes, FNP, MHS of Stanford University will speak on “AHECs and Public Health: Partners in Emergency Preparedness”.  Jonathan E.  Rodnick, Chair Emeritus of the University of California San Francisco, Department of Family and Community Medicine, will present his “Guidelines for the International Development of Family Medicine Education”, discussing the ways family physicians are trained in the United States, in comparison with the educational systems of several other countries.

Dr Elizabeth Burns, Chair of Family Medicine at the University of North Dakota, will present her studies of rural women’s health care.  Responding to her presentation will be Doctors Renee Crichlow of the Montana Family Medicine Residency Program, Billings and Penelope Tippy, of the Southern Illinois University Family Medicine Residency Program, Carbondale.

Other featured plenary speakers and panelists will include Doctors Marc E. Babitz of the University of Utah and Cynthia Olsen of Wright State University,  Dr Warwick Troy of Shueman-Troy Associates and Doctor Jamie Osborn of Loma Linda University.

The Seventeenth National Conference is an invitational conference, limited to approximately 55 persons, who are involved in community-based medical education and related public policy fields.

Registration INCLUDES hotel room.

The Seventeenth National Conference comprehensive rate INCLUDES four nights of hotel accommodations (Thursday, April 6, Friday, April 7, Saturday, April 8 and Sunday April 9, checking out at noon April 10, 2006) at the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort and Spa.

About the Conference:

The Seventeenth National Conference, like its predecessor conferences, is an intense, three and a half day experience that begins in assigned breakout breakfast groups each day at 6:30 am and continues through mid-day.

No events are scheduled on Friday, Saturday or Sunday afternoon or evening.  As with all of the National Conferences, spouses/partners and families are welcome and encouraged to come.  The dedicated free time permits conference registrants to assure their families that they will have time for them.  Alternatively, it permits registrants to enjoy the surroundings in one of the world’s premiere destinations.

Concepts

Among the concepts integral to all of the conference’s activities, are the propositions that (1) all Americans should have access to primary health care, (2) that health care resources should be geographically distributed to promote such access, with special attention to rural and inner city areas, (3) that the concepts of family medicine, and of accessible comprehensive and continuous health care services, are critical elements for improving health care in the United States, (4) that family medicine residency programs and community health centers enhance primary health care access.