2020 Michigan Family Medicine Conference & Expo

August 6 - 9, 2020
Detroit Marriott Troy | 200 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI

SAVE THE DATE | Registration opens in March

The premier annual gathering of family physicians in Michigan offers dynamic CME, collegial networking, the robust exchange of ideas, and fun! Mark your calendar and check back as details are announced.

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Reid Blackwelder, MD, FAAFP

Professor & Chair, Vice Chair of Medical Student Education, East Tennessee State University

Keynote Session Topic: Disruptive Leadership

Dr. Blackwelder received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, cum laude. After completing residency and a teaching fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia, he became "a simple country doctor" in Trenton, GA, a town of 1,400. "This experience opened my eyes as to how much fun practicing medicine can be, as well as revealed how bizarrely our medical education system is structured," said Dr. Blackwelder.

He then returned to an academic setting "to try to change what I could from within the system." He uses his practice experiences to fill in gaps left by his traditional allopathic training and said he is always looking to integrate different healing systems when caring for his patients, routinely prescribing botanical and allopathic medications, discussing exercise and nutritional issues, exploring a person's emotional and spiritual support systems, and referring to other healers, such as a local practitioner of Chinese medicine and Native American healers.

Dr. Blackwelder currently serves on CMS' HealthCare Plan Learning and Action Network Guiding Committee, and on Family Medicine for America's Health Board of Directors. He served as 2013-2014 President of AAFP, one of the many volunteer leadership positions he has held over the course of his career.

Belinda Fu, MD—"The Improv Doc"

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington; Faculty, Swedish Family Medicine First Hill Residency Program; Founder, The Mayutica Institute

Keynote Session Topic: Find Your Light: Discovering Your Voice & Making it Heard

Dr. Fu is a family physician, educator, and professional improvisational actor in Seattle, WA.

Her mission is to improve health through better communication, cognition, and wellness. She has been working on the integration of improv and medicine since 2012.

Dr. Fu received her medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco and completed residency, chief residency, and faculty development fellowship at the University of Washington.

She organized the first Annual Internal Medical Improv Trainer workshops, and established ImprovDoc.org, an educational resource about the use of improvisation in medicine.

Dr. Fu has been recognized for her outstanding keynote presentations, curricular development, workshops, and courses on innovative approaches to medical education, physician wellness, physician/patient communication, teambuilding, and medical improv.


Ada Stewart, MD, FAAFP

Family Physician, Cooperative Health, Columbia, SC; President-elect, American Academy of Family Physicians

Dr. Stewart, a member of AAFP since 1995, was elected AAFP President-elect at Congress of Delegates in 2019. In this role, she advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients to inspire positive change in the U.S. healthcare system.

She began her career as a National Health Service Corps scholar, committing herself to ensuring uninsured and low-income families have access to high quality healthcare. She has been a practicing family physician with Cooperative Health since 2012 and currently serves as lead provider and HIV specialist.

Dr. Stewart earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Ohio and completed family medicine residency training at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, SC. She has also earned additional certification in HIV care from the American Academy of HIV Medicine and is certified as a hospice medical director by the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board.

In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, Dr. Stewart enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and has achieved the rank of Colonel.



The following session topics and expert speakers have been confirmed, with more to come. Stay tuned!

  • Simultaneous Knee Joint and Anserine Bursa Injection, Barry Scofield, MD (St. Clair Shores, MI)
  • Common Cyber Threats to Medical Organizations, Scott Taber, Michigan Small Business Development Center (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • The Growing Direct Primary Care Movement in Michigan, Paul Thomas, MD and Rachel Orlich, DO, Plum Health DPC (Detroit, MI); Phil Hellman, MD (Lake Orion, MI)
  • Building an Integrated Behavioral Health Program in Primary Care, Ewa Matuszewski, CEO & Co-founder, MedNetOne Health Solutions (Rochester, MI)
  • Coding for Success, Ewa Matuszewski, CEO & Co-founder, MedNetOne Health Solutions (Rochester, MI)
  • The Diagnosis & Preventive Treatment of Migraine Headache in Family Medicine, David W. Dodick, MD, Professor, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic (Scottsdale, AZ); and Duren Michael Ready, MD, Headache Clinic Founding Director, Baylor Scott & White Healthcare (Temple, TX)


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