Alumni, families head to the beach for annual Summer Seminar

Physicians and their families headed south to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to take part in the annual Summer Seminar CME. The seminar, sponsored by the WVSOM Alumni Association, allows alumni and other health care professionals to attend continuing medical education sessions on a variety of medical topics.

This year, 168 alumni and speakers attended the event, which took place June 13-16, at the Kingston Plantation. The event is designed to help physicians acquire the required continuing medical education credits necessary by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). It is also an event that provides a relaxed schedule and family-friendly environment.

Nineteen presentations were offered to seminar attendees. Presentation topics included physician wellness and burnout, osteopathic approaches to patients with shoulder pain, abnormal uterine bleeding, acne identification, bullying and Internet safety, chronic cough evaluation, update on airway clearance, what will physicians look like in 50 years, and youth contact sports and pediatric concussions. James Nemitz, Ph.D., WVSOM’s incoming new president, also presented a session titled “Conversation and Updates with the President.” He explained his vision for WVSOM with alumni and addressed the importance of working with alumni.

Physicians and WVSOM faculty presenters were Michael Brackman, D.O.; Ginger Conley; Julianna Quick; Ginamarie Foglia, D.O.; Jessica Smith-Kelly, D.O.; James Nemitz, Ph.D.; Andy Naymick, D.O.; Faith Payne, D.O.; Jillian Rogers Douglas, D.O.; Jami Reaves, D.O.; Cathy Dailey, D.O.; Elizabeth Ziner, D.O.; Robert Pepper, D.O.; Maple Landvoigt, M.D.; Andrea Nazar, D.O.; Tyler Cymet, D.O.; Michael Nicholas, D.O.; Hilary Hamric, D.O.; and Elaine Soper, Ph.D.

The Family Picnic Reception, hosted by the WVSOM Foundation, took place June 13 at the Palmettos Pavilion where alumni and their families enjoyed a buffet and games such as a hula-hoop contest and limbo. There was also a towel origami (Toweligami) contest where children made a fish and fishing rod, stingrays, a monkey and a swan out of beach towels.

Next year’s Summer Seminar will take place June 12-15, 2019.

Date Added: 
Monday, July 2, 2018