Essential Evidence Update Conference Covers a Lot of Ground

Oct. 10, 2022 - On Oct. 7, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians / Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan hosted our state’s first Essential Evidence Update Conference for family physicians. MSU faculty Henry Barry, MD, MS; Gary Ferenchick, MD, MS; and Heather Laird-Fick, MD, MPH, FACP provided a rapid-fire review of the most recent research studies of diagnostic and treatment approaches to medical conditions common to the practice of family medicine.

Conference registrants had the option of attending in person or virtually via Zoom.

“This was really enjoyable and I hope to attend similar events in the future,” said John VanSchagen, MD, FAAFP, who traveled from Grand Rapids to Livonia for the event.

Virtual attendee Maureen Street, MD, said she appreciated how the faculty anticipated her questions, providing answers without her having to ask, and that they were able to organize the information so she can remember it for use in clinic.

Gary Otsuji, MD, FAAFP found the information spanning thirteen 30-minute presentations to be “a nice blend of current and prospective material,” and he shared that he was impressed by the faculty’s summary presentations of the current literature. Their critiques of the studies’ designs and conclusions were learning moments in and of themselves."

Thank you to Southeastern Michigan Academy of Family Physicians for its generous support of this conference.

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