Southwest Virginia Pediatrics Conference brings together top experts


JOHNSON CITY (July 30, 2013) – East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine will bring together experts in pediatrics medicine this weekend for the Southwest Virginia Pediatrics Conference, which is moving to a new home after 28 years.

The conference, which is sponsored by the ETSU Department of Pediatrics and by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4, and for the first time at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, located at One Partnership Circle in Abingdon. Experts presenting on a wide variety of topics will update participants on the latest clinical issues and practical advances in chronic disease in pediatrics areas that include emergency medicine, surgery, pulmonology, immunology, nutrition and recognizing signs of child abuse.

Dr. R. Allen Coffman, president of the Tennessee chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, will be the keynote presenter, and ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland will provide the official welcome.

Dr. Reid Blackwelder, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, will speak on “Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Pediatrics.” Blackwelder is professor and director of the Medical Education Division for the ETSU Department of Family Medicine.

Other presenters will include three faculty members with the ETSU Department of Pediatrics – Drs. Debra Mills, Dawn Tuell and Jennifer Gibson – who, together with Jake Drumm, manager of the Human Patient Simulation Lab at Quillen, will offer a hands-on simulation presentation of how to recognize, stabilize and evaluate child abuse.

Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) will offer re-certification classes for Pediatric Advance Life Support. MSHA’s Niswonger Children’s Hospital provided grant funding to support the conference.

In addition to CME credits, attendees may receive Continuing Nurses Education credits, as well as continuing education units from the American Academy of Family Physicians, the National Association of Social Workers and the State of Tennessee.

For online registration and more information, including a complete list of speakers and topics, visit Registration for the conference, as well as assistance for those with disabilities, is also available by calling the Office of CME at (423) 439-8027.

The Quillen College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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