WVU Department of Family Medicine to host 43rd Annual Hal Wanger Family Medicine Conference

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine is hosting the 43rd Annual Hal Wanger Family Medicine Conference Sept. 14-15 at the Holiday Inn, Morgantown, off Pineview Drive.

The conference’s speakers will address a variety of topics of interest to family physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers. Among the more than 24 topics to be covered during the conference are: contraceptive management, physician burnout and resiliency, bipolar disorder, Medicare wellness exams, Hepatitis C and more. Additionally, this year’s conference will feature a variety of hands-on workshops led by experts in their field.

The Mesaros Distinguished Speaker, honoring Drs. Paul and Laura Mesaros, is Karen Bowling, FACHE, CFNP, WVU Medicine’s vice president of care delivery and transformation, who will present on the “State of Drug Abuse and Management in West Virginia,” where she will discuss the trends and challenges of drug abuse and management options impacting family physicians in the state.    

“Each year, we welcome our colleagues from all over the state to an up-to-date, evidence-based, clinical conference that enables them to provide the best possible care to their patients in West Virginia,” Dana E. King, M.D., co-director of the Hal Wanger Conference and professor and chair of WVU’s Department of Family Medicine, said.  “This year will continue the tradition.”

“Once again, we are providing a wide array of important Family Medicine topics given by some of our best speakers,” G. Anne Cather, M.D., co-director of the Hal Wanger Conference and professor in the WVU Departments of Family Medicine and Community Practice, said.

The conference is named in honor of Halvard Wanger, M.D., who organized an extensive scientific assembly to celebrate the Eastern Panhandle Medical Association’s 50th anniversary in 1956. Dr. Wanger directed the annual Institute through 1974. When Wanger cancelled the Institute in 1975 because of health reasons, the WVU Department of Family Medicine assumed responsibility for continuing the fall conference. 

The deadline to register for the conference is Sept. 7. For more information on the conference, including registration, lodging, and continuing education, visit the conference website: http://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/fammed/hal-wanger-family-medicine-conference/.

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Tara Scatterday
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WVU School of Medicine       
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