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Annually GOMA hosts its annual Fall CME Conference and Scientific Exposition.  The conference, is typically held on the GA-PCOM campus in Suwanee and offers  25 hours of AOA Category 1-A credit.  More than 125 osteopathic physicians from all over the region attend to listenn to lectures on a wide range of topics. Typically there is an update from the Composite State Board.  Conference participants praise the meeting as being one of the most valuable osteopathic medicine conference they come to.  GOMA interviews faculty and makes those interviews available on its FaceBook page.

Providing timely and relevant CME is just one of the benefits of GOMA membership.  In fact, GOMA members receive a discount on all CME activities.  If you are not a GOMA member, or need to renew your dues for 2020, please click here http://www.goma.org/membership_form.

Summary of the DO Speakers at the GOMA 2020 Annual Conference and Scientific Exposition

The first lecture of the 2019 GOMA Fall Conference was “Manipulative Approaches to Trigger Point Syndromes” by GA-PCOM Associate Professor of OMM Department Shawne Murray, DO. This was the first time that Dr. Murray has spoken at a GOMA conference, but the attendees enjoyed hearing her words of wisdom about this common problem. There is a video of Dr. Murray explaining the “Upper Cross Syndrome”

On Thursday October 24, 2019, the attendees of the GOMA 2019Fall CME Conference heard a great lecture by Walter Ehrenfeuchter, DO, FAAO, a Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Georgia PCOM as well as the Director of the Department. His lecture was entitled "Instant Osteopathy". ”Dr. E.” graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1979. He then served as the first resident in the history of the profession in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Dr. E. completed the requirements for Fellowship in the American Academy of Osteopathy in 1990, and was board certified that same year. He taught at PCOM in Philadelphia for 25 years before joining the faculty of GA-PCOM in 2005. You’ll see why “Dr. E.” is a popular faculty member by watching this video.

Friday October 25th started the day with a great lecture entitled “Diabetes and Coronary Artery Disease or in other words, a ‘Sweetheart’ “ by Jean Molinary, DO. Dr. Molinary completed her Endocrinology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic then served as a member of the faculty at Dartmouth prior to moving to Marietta, GA. Just prior to showing her daughter the Physician Assistant Program at GA-PCOM, she took a few minutes to answer some questions.

T. Casey McCullough, DO spoke to the 2019 GOMA Fall Conference attendees on Friday October 25th. Dr. McCullough spoke on “Diagnostic Challenges Involving Prostate Cancer”. Dr. McCullough’s interview can be seen online

On Friday October 25th, Nathan Cleaver, DO spoke to the attendees of the 2019 GOMA Fall Conference on “Cutaneous Manifestations if Systemic Disease”. He is an Associate Professor of Dermatology at 3 Osteopathic Medical schools: GA-PCOM, Kirksville & Michigan State. Dr. Cleaver agreed to take some questions.   

Ed Lin, DO, MBA spoke to the physicians attending the GOMA 2019 Fall Conference about “Doctor, Do I Really Need My Appendix Out?”. His qualifications, awards and positions are too numerous to list here. He serves as the Chief of the Division of General and GI Surgery in the Department of General Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. He is the Surgical Director of Emory Bariatric Center. His the Editor-in-Chief of ‘Bariatric Surgical Practice and Patient Care’as well as being on the editorial boards for numerous other journals. His research focus on Endoscopic therapy-based innovations and interventions of the GI tract was timely as he updated the physicians today.  It was the end of the day on that Friday, but Dr. Lin was gracious enough to give us an interview.

A lecture that all the doctors attending the 2019 GOMA Fall Conference appreciated was given by Robert A. Edwards, DO entitled “Recognition and Treatment of Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Varicose Veins”. The photos from his accredited vein center in Columbus, GA (pre & post) were dramatic. Dr. Edwards is a faculty member of GA-PCOM.  Dr. Edwards’ interview is available on FaceBook.

Matthew Levine, DO is an orthopedic surgeon at Resurgens Orthopaedics who spoke at GOMA’s 2019 Fall Conference on Friday October 25, 2019 on “Hip and Knee Degenerative Joint Disease - A Review of both Surgical and Non-Surgical Intervention”. Dr. Levine specializes in joint replacement surgery and in treating hip and knee arthritis since he completed a fellowship in adult reconstruction. Dr. Levine answered a few questions for us. 

“Dupuytren’s Contracture: Not Just A Disease For Vikings” is a lecture that all the doctors attending the 2019 GOMA Fall Conference appreciated. It was given by Michael L. Mangonon, DO who is a Hand Surgeon in Atlanta on the Northside of the city. Here is his post-lecture interview.

On Saturday October 26, 2019, during the lecture entitled "Update on Aneurysms”, Anu Whisenhunt, DO, MPH spoke to the crowd at the 2019 GOMA Fall Conference. Dr. Whisenhunt came back to speak to GOMA after her previous two times got rave reviews and was interviewed post-meeting. 

Thomas M. Bozzuto, DO, FACEP, FFACHM spoke to attendees the 2019 GOMA Fall Conference on Saturday October 26, 2019. Dr. Bozzuto is always a popular speaker. His extensive experience with wound care was evident in his talk entitled “Which Ulcers are Which?” He has served as Past President of GOMA as well as American College of Hyperbaric Medicine. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Phoebe Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine and an Associate Professor of GA- PCOM.  You can see Dr. Bozzuto’s  interview by watching this video:

Marc Greenstein, DO’s lecture at the GOMA 2019 Fall Conference on Saturday October 26, 2019 was very popular. Dr. Greenstein spoke on “Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and Functional Urology” with a comprehensive approach including his holistic integrative approach and his terrific sense of humor. Dr. Greenstein joined Advanced Urology in Sandy Springs, GA in 2018 after practicing in New Jersey since 2003. In 2011, Dr. Greenstein was voted “Doctor Who Makes a Difference” by New Jersey Lifestyle Magazine and “Most Compassionate” physician on Vitals.com. He can be reached by calling his office 678-344-8900 or e-mail mgreenstein@urologygeorgia.com.  We interviewed Dr. Greenstein afterwards.

On Sunday October 27, 2019, Randy Durbin, DO, MSPH gave a lesson on how the dollars flow in healthcare to the attendees of the 2019 GOMA Fall Conference when he spoke on “Updates on Chronic Care Management, Remote Patient Monitoring and Financial & Clinical Implications”. Dr. Durbin is Vice President of Medical Affairs and Federal Programs for Karna. He also was good enough to discuss occupational healthcare on Friday October 25th when one of the other speakers had to cancel due to illness. See his post-lecture interview

Antonio Graham, DO’s lecture on “Dementia - The Silent Epidemic” made quite an impact on the doctors attending the 2019 GOMA Fall Conference in Suwanee, GA. Dr. Graham spoke on Sunday October 27, 2019. He is a Professor of Medicine at Emory University who mostly sees geriatric patients at the Atlanta VA Hospital.Dr. Graham keeps getting invited back to speak at the GOMA conferences because he always gets high ratings.  Since he exclusively sees patients at the VA Clinic, you’ll want to see him in this video.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get interviews with Denise Taylor, DO who spoke on Friday October 26th on “Parkinson’s Mimics”.  Dr. Taylor is a neurologist in Athens, GA who attended Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her neurology training at University of South Florida, Tampa. Following her residency, Dr. Taylor completed a fellowship in epilepsy and neurophysiology at Emory University. Her first five years of practice were in Orlando where she served as Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Central Florida.

Similarly, we missed out on interviewing Barby Simmons, DO who joined with Composite Board of Medical Examiners Executive Director LaSaharn Hughes, MBA to give “Georgia Compositve Medical Board Update.  Dr. Simmons works for Southeast Permanente Medical Group and specializes in Telemedicine, but also serves on the Composite Board.

Another great lecture at the 2019 GOMA Fall Conference in Suwanee, GA was ‪“Cologuard - Where it fits in” by GOMA’s newly installed President Craig Kubik, DO spoke to the docs attending on Thursday October 24. Dr. Kubik is a GI specialist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross, Georgia.

 

 

 

 

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