Essential Evidence Update Conference

October 7, 2022
8 am-5 pm ET | Holiday Inn Detroit Northwest-Livonia OR Virtual via Zoom | 17123 N. Laurel Park Dr., Livonia, MI

Intended Audience

Family physicians, family medicine residents, medical students


The Essential Evidence Update Conference is an engaging, rapid-fire review of the most recent research studies of diagnostic and treatment approaches to common medical conditions important to family physicians.

Registrants may attend the conference in person or virtually from the comforts of home or office.  

Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan recognizes Southeastern Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (SEMAFP) for its generous support of this conference. SEMAFP members will receive a discounted rate of $200, on a first-come, first-served basis. Click the register button on this page to reserve your spot.  


8-8:15 am

8:15-8:45 am
Musculoskeletal Update
8:45-9:15 am
Lipids Update

9:15-9:45 am
COPD/Asthma Update

9:45-10 am

10-10:30 am
Liver & Lower GI Update  

10:30-11 am
Upper GI Update  

11-11:30 am
Urinary Tract Disease Update

11:30 am - 12 pm
Dementia/End-of-Life Care Update

12-1 pm

1-1:30 pm
Exercise & Rehabilitation Update 

1:30-2 pm
Essential Oils: What is the Evidence?  

2-2:30 pm
Neurology Update

2:30-3 pm
Endocrine Update 

3-3:15 pm

3:15-3:45 pm
Tobacco & Substance Abuse Update 

3:45-4:45 pm
Editor’s Choice  

4:45-5 pm


Henry C. Barry, MD, MS is professor emeritus of family medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. After graduating from the University of Maryland, he completed family medicine residency at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, and earned a master’s in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. For 25 years, as one of the original “POETs,” Dr. Barry and colleagues have generated over 6,000 POEMs  (Patient Oriented Evidence that Matters), short critical summaries of original research on topics relevant to primary care physicians. 

Gary Ferenchick, MD, MS is a professor of medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where he practices general internal medicine and is deeply involved in major curriculum renovation. He earned his master’s degree in human nutrition and a medical degree from Michigan State University and completed internal medicine residency at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where he has been a faculty member since 1988. Dr. Ferenchick is a past president of Internal Medicine Clerkship Directors. His research interest is the interface between medical education and information technology. 

Heather S. Laird-Fick, MD, MPH, FACP is a lifelong Michigan resident who completed her bachelors at Alma College, medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, internal medicine residency at St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, and masters in public health at the University of Michigan. She is currently Professor in the Dept. of Medicine at Michigan State University and Director of Assessment for the College of Human Medicine. Her clinical focus in on holistic care of aging adults, particularly women and those with mood disorders or complex chronic conditions. 


Registration Information

Online registration ends 10/06/2022

Contact Information

Denna Bunting, MAFP Meeting Planner

[email protected]

Pricing Information 

SEMAFP and MAFP Members must log into the website to receive the discounted rates below.

SEMAFP Members: $200

MAFP Members: $300

Non-MAFP Members: $350

Residents & Medical Students: A limited number of scholarships are available; email [email protected].


The AAFP has reviewed Essential Evidence Update Conference and deemed it acceptable for up to 7.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 10/07/2022 to 10/07/2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMA/AAFP Equivalency accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.