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During the first week of November, 2017 GOMA hosted its annual CME Conference and Scientific Expedition.  The conference, held on the GA-PCOM campus, offered 25 hours of AOA Category 1-A credit.  More than 100 Osteopaths from all over the Southeast attended lectures on a wide range of topics such as Medicinal Mushrooms and an update from the Composite State Board on the new licensing requirements for controlled substance prescribing practices.  Osteopaths praised the meeting with several physicians declaring it was the best Osteopathic conference they had been to.  GOMA interviewed speakers on Facebook live.  Videos of each interview are below. 

Providing timely and relevant CME is just one of the benefits of GOMA membership.  In fact, GOMA members receive a discount on all CME conferences.  If you are not a GOMA member, or need to renew your dues for 2018, please click here http://www.goma.org/membership_form.  

On Thursday November 2, 2017, Kristie Petree, DO, an Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Georgia PCOM, spoke to the attendees of the GOMA 2017 Fall CME Conference. Her lecture was entitled "OMT: Helping the Pregnant Patient". Last year, she was selected as the 2016 Resident of the Year by the American Academy of Osteopathy. She completed her residency at the OMM program at Michigan State in Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Petree graduated from GA-PCOM in 2013. She has published quite a few articles, and she continues to do research while she teaches medical students at GA-PCOM. She can be reached by calling 678-225-7485 or by e-mail at kristiepe1@pcom.edu.  Dr. Petree was brave enough to go on Facebook Live in this interview https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1509253652522415/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

On Thursday November 2, 2017, the attendees of the GOMA 2017 Fall CME Conference heard a great lecture by William Delp, DO, an Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Georgia PCOM. His lecture was entitled "OMT: Problems Related to Technology". Dr. Delp graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He practiced primary care in Loganville for 36 years before joining the faculty of GA-PCOM IN 2005. He can be reached by calling 678-225-7485 or by e-mail at Williamde@pcom.edu . Due to technical problems, we were unable to interview him this year, but last year’s video is on GOMA’s Facebook page.

William Bostock, DO woke up a large crowd at the GOMA 2017 Fall CME Conference on Friday November 3, 2017. His personal stories as well as his comprehensive lecture on “Quadriceps Ruptures” made everyone aware of how serious this uncommon orthopedic condition is. Dr. Bostock is a former president of GOMA and currently serves on the faculty of the Family Practice Residency at Gwinnett Medical Center after having his own private practice in Lawrenceville since 1986. He can be reached by calling 770-963–2967 or by e-mail at wbostock@gwinnettmedicalcenter.org.  Dr. Bostock was gracious enough to give us an interview prior to running to his daughter’s marriage ceremony rehearsal https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1510272495753864/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

Janet Lefkowtz, DO spoke to the attendees of the GOMA 2017 Fall CME Conference on Friday November 3, 2017. Her lecture on "Abnormal Uterine Bleeding" was well received. Dr. Lefkowitz moved to Georgia from Rhode Island where she served in the faculty at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School and New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has been awarded numerous awards for her teaching. Her practice is now exclusively gynecology based. She can be reached by calling her office in Buckhead part of Atlanta at 404-355-4885.  Dr. Lefkowitz reminds us that most of the conference’s presentations can be viewed on the GOMA web site in this interview https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1510260412421739/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

Ed Lin, DO, MBA spoke to the physicians attending the GOMA 2017 Fall Conference about “Bariatric Surgery Update”. 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. Dr. Lin can be reached by calling 404-712-2196 or by e-mail at elin2@emory.edu.  Dr. Lin’s interview is here https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1510264409088006/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

Michael Press, DO spoke at the GOMA 2017 Fall CME Conference on Friday November 3, 2017 on “Electrolyte Disorders”. He graduated from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine and he went on to do an Internal Medicine residency and a Nephrology at Lankenau Medical Center in Philadelphia. He is one of 14 providers at Georgia Nephrology and concentrates his efforts at the three (out of 8) offices in Gwinnett county. His office number is 404-645-7150.  Dr. Press was interviewed afterwards here https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1510287789085668/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

Jeff Switzer, DO is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. He spoke at the GOMA 2017 Fall CME Conference on Friday November 3, 2017 on "Acute Management of Strokes". After graduating from Kirksville COM, he did all his post-graduate studying at MCG. He focuses on strokes and sickle cell disease. He can be reached by calling 706-721-1691 or by e-mail at jswitzer@augusta.edu.  He expands on exciting developments in stroke care in this interview https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1510290955752018/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

On Friday November 3, 2017, Harrison Pollinger, DO, FACS spoke at the GOMA 2017 Fall Conference on “Evaluation of the Liver Transplant Patient”. Dr. Pollinger currently serves as the Program Director at the Piedmont Transplant Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. His special interests are liver transplantation, hepatobiliary surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery, bilateral laparoscopic nephrectomy, adult polycyclic kidney disease, pancreas surgery and complex hernia repair. He can be reached by calling 404-605-4600 or by e-mail pollinger.harrison@gmail.com.  Dr Harrison expands on what a patient can expect from a liver transplant in his interview https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1510577852389995/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

Denise Taylor, DO spoke to the attendees of 2017 GOMA Fall Conference on Friday November 3, 2017. Her presentation of “Seizure Disorders” was well received by everyone. 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. She can be reached at her Athens office by calling 706-353-0606 or by e-mail dtaylordo@yahoo.com.  She expands on the use of seizure medications in the elderly in this interview https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1510290079085439/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

On Saturday November 4, 2017, during the lecture entitled "Diagnosis of Endocrine Disorders” Anthony Mulloy, DO spoke to the attendees of 2017 GOMA Fall Conference. Dr. Mulloy is a Professor as well as Chief of Endocrinology at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Mulloy serves as the director of MCG’s Endocrinology Training Program. Dr. Mulloy’s office number is 706-721-2131 or he can be reached by e-mail at amulloy@augusta.edu.  Dr. Mulloy’s interview can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1511605775620536/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

Laura Mulloy, DO is a Professor as well as Chief of Nephrology at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Mulloy spoke to the attendees of 2017 GOMA Fall Conference on Saturday November 4, 2017 about “Acute Kidney Injury”. Her office number is 706-721-2273 or can be reached by e-mail at lmulloy@augusta.edu.  She reveals that PPIs can be the cause of acute renal failure in this interview https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1511600305621083/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

Sean Javaheri, DO lectured on Saturday November 4, 2017 to the doctors attending the 2017 GOMA Fall Conference on “Valvular Heart Disease”. Dr. Javaheri is an Associate Professor at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University as well as the Associate Director of MCG’s Cardiology Fellowship Program. His office number is 706-721-2426, or he can be reached by e-mail at sjavaheri@augusta.edu.  He gives a quick synopsis of his great lecture at https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1511315618982885/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

“Parkinson Disease Update” by Stewart Factor, DO was well received by the attendees the 2017 GOMA Fall Conference on Saturday November 4, 2017. Dr. Factor is a Professor of Neurology at Emory University as well as the Director of Emory’s Movement Disorder Program. His office number is

404-728-6400 or he can reached by e-mail at sfactor@emory.edu.  He discusses the use of Sinemet in his interview https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1511604688953978/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

On Saturday November 4, 2017, during the lecture entitled "Environmental Health”, Vik Kapil, DO, MPH, FACOEM helped the physicians understand the rarely discussed subject. Dr. Kapil is the Associate Director for Science & Chief Medical Officer of the Center for Global Health at the CDC in Atlanta. He can be reached by calling 404-639-6204 or by e-mail at vck3@cdc.gov.  He gives a quick synopsis of Environmental Health at https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1511603878954059/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

Michael Willman, DO lectured on Saturday November 4, 2017 to the doctors attending the 2017 GOMA Fall Conference on “Red Eye & Ocular Emergencies”. The lecture was very well received. Dr. Willman is an ophthalmologist in Snellville, GA. He also serves as faculty for the Campbell University. Dr. Willman can be reached at his office by calling 678-802-8605 or by e-mail drwillman@yahoo.com.  Dr. Willman’s interview can be watched at https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1511306015650512/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

Michael Sampson, DO’s “Concussion in Sports: Updates From 2016 Berlin Conference” helped sort out this subject for the doctors attending the 2017 GOMA Fall Conference on Saturday November 4, 2017. Dr. Sampson is a fellow in Sports Medicine and has worked extensively with the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) including serving as its medical director. He currently serves GA-PCOM as the Coordinator of Clinical Education, the Associate Dean for Clinical Integration and as an Associate Professor of Family Medicine. He can be reached by calling his office 678-225-7488 or e-mail at michaelsampson@pcom.edu.  Dr Sampson’s interview after his lecture can be watched at https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1511594228955024/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

Mehrdod Ehteshami, DO, MPH spoke on “Workplace Violence” to a large audience at the 2017 GOMA Fall Conference on Saturday November 4, 2017. Dr. Ehteshami is a Family Physician who works in the Hamilton Medical Center Emergency Room in Dalton, Georgia. He can be reached by calling the ER at 706-278-2105 or he can reached by e-mail at mehtesh@gmail.com.  He reviews what’s being done to help protect physicians from violence in this interview https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1511310512316729/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

Paul DeSandre, DO’s “Urgent Palliative Care” lecture was well attended even though it was given at the end of a long day. The doctors attending the 2017 GOMA Fall Conference on Saturday November 4, 2017 found the subject to be intriguing. Dr. DeSandre is an Assistant Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, and is Chief of Palliative and Supportive Care at Grady Memorial Hospital. He can be reached by calling his office 404-616-4201 or by e-mail at pdesandre@emory.edu.  Dr. DeSandre’s interview can be watched at https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1511308612316919/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

On Sunday November 5, 2017, during the lecture entitled "Thromboembolic Disease”, Anu Whisenhunt, DO, MPH spoke to the crowd at the 2017 GOMA Fall Conference. Dr. Whisenhunt came back to the doctors after last year’s lecture got rave reviews. She has two offices (Gainesville, GA and Braselton, GA) that share the same phone number 770-219-4000 or she can be reached by e-mail at Anu.k.whisenhunt@gmail.com.  Watch her interview at https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1512253865555727/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

The last lecture of 2017 GOMA Fall Conference on Sunday November 5, 2017 featured three members of the Georgia Composite Medical Board. They gave the attendees at the 2017 GOMA Fall Conference an expansive review of the issues that doctors with a Georgia license need to be cognizant of. John Downey, DO is a PM&R and Pain specialist from Savannah, GA. He can be reached by phone at 706-855-2767 or by e-mail at drjohndowney@gmail.com. Barby Simmons, DO is a family practitioner, telehealth expert and a certified Professional Coder that works with the Southeast Permanent Medical Group (Kaiser). Dr. Simmons can be reached by e-mail at simmonsbarby@yahoo.com. Ms. LaSharn Hughes is a longtime staff member at the Georgia Composite Medical Board who can be reached at lhughes@dch.ga.gov.  The interview of Dr. Downey can be watched at https://www.facebook.com/georgia.osteopathic/videos/1512172685563845/?fref=pb&hc_location=friends_tab&pnref=friends.all

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