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Head for the Hills 2012

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About the Conference: Learn, dine and play with us for two days in the beautiful "Breaks Interstate Park" in Southwest Virginia while it's ablaze with fall splendor. Mornings will be dedicated to rural-health-focused medical education, and the afternoons and evenings will be spent in group activities or quiet relaxation. Families are welcome to attend.

This Year's Focus: This year the conference is focused on meeting the needs of the geriatric population when being managed in the rural primary care setting. A large percentage of the patients seen in SW VA are geriatric, and few geriatric specialty practices exist. The conference is committed to bring the latest in geriatric medicine as it should be practiced in the primary care setting.

Planned Topics: 

  • Dementia with Depression: A Diagnostic Challenge
  • The Poly Pharmacy Challenge in Geriatrics
  • Practical Application of the "Falls Guidelines"
  • Two Common Painful Conditions in the Elderly: Post Herpetic Neralgia and Spinal Compression Fractures
  • Geriatric Diabetes Pharmacotherapy Update, including hypertension, lipids, and DM
  • Beyond Alzheimer's: Identifying the multiple dementia variants in your practice
  • Arthritis in the Elderly
  • Joint Injections

Agenda: To view the agenda, click here.

Resident Presentations: There are four opportunities (2 each day) for residents to present topics related to geriatrics. Residents interested in presenting are encouraged to download a speaker information form, complete it, and forward it to the conference planners at . Speakers will be chosen based on the alignment of the topic with the agenda and the quality of the learning objectives presented. Deadline for Speaker form submission is September 15.

About the Sponsor: The SW VA Graduate Medical Education Consortium (GMEC) creates and supports medical residency preceptor sites in rural and underserved parts of Southwest Virginia. GMEC is a non-profit agency governed by a volunteer board of directors and managed by the University of Virginia's College at Wise.

Activity Director: Tom Townsend, MD, Professor, Family Medicine, East Tennessee State University.

Target Audience: Primary care physicians practicing in, and residents training or considering practicing in the rural communities of SW VA and Central Appalachia.

Date, Time, and Location: The conference is from Thursday evening, October 11 (check-in and dinner), through the educational sessions on the mornings of October 12, and 13, with lots of optional social activities Friday afternoon and evening. Educational sessions begin at 8:00 AM and end at 12:20 on each day. All education and meals will be at the Rhododendron Conference Center at the Park.

Accommodations and Food: There are a number of rooms reserved for resident attendees at no cost and food is included when it is taken with the group. To arrange for accommodations, call 276-328-0289. Please note: Registration for accommodations DO NOT occur when registration for attendance is completed.

Family and Child Care: Immediate family is invited to attend with the conference participant. For those families in which both parents are attending the educational sessions, child care will be made available. Mention your need for child care at the time you make arrangements for your accommodations.

Fees: There is no cost to attend the conference, but advance registration is required. It is advisable to register early, as the conference fills to capacity.

Registrations: Click here to register. Or call 423 439 8027.

Technology and Phones: There is no WiFi service at the park, but wired internet is available. Cell phone coverage is less than assured within the park.

Directions to the Park: Follow this link to obtain directions to the park. DO NOT use your GPS service to travel to the park – you may find yourself somewhere far afield.


quillen logo AACME Accreditation: Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education for physicians.
etsu logo CME Credit: Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ . Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Joint Sponsorship: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University and SW VA Graduate Medical Education Consortium (GMEC). Quillen College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AAFP Prescribed Credits: Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.





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