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2014 Family Medicine Midwest Conference: Innovate and Invigorate

The 2014 Family Medicine Midwest Conference hosted students interested in as well as residents and physicians practicing in Family Medicine this past October 10-12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pritzker medical students joined University of Chicago Family Medicine residents and faculty in attending and presenting. For those interested in presenting next year, the deadline is in June 2015 for the October 11-13, 2014 conference. Read more about next year's conference in Chicago, IL here!

Pritzker Students as well as University of Chicago Family Medicine Resident and Faculty presenters included:

Women in Medicine: Careers and Family

Speaker(s): Kate Rowland MD, MS, University of Chicago; Sonia Oyola MD, University of Chicago; Catherine Plonka MD, UIC/AIMMC Family Medicine Residency Program
Learning Objectives: On completion of this session, the participants should be able to: 1: Discuss the opportunities and challenges some women encounter while progressing through careers in family medicine, 2: Describe several models for careers in family medicine that include academics, practice, and family, 3: Explain strategies for making choices regarding career and family options in training, early and mid-career.

Teaching Contraception Using CDC Guidelines for Women with Co-morbidities: Does 2+2=2, 3, or 4?

Speaker(s): Erin Hendriks MD, Wayne State University Family Medicine; Jill Sadoski MD, Wayne State University Family Medicine Residency; Lauren Oshman MD, MPH, FAAFP, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago (Northshore) Family Medicine Residency Program; Nicole Steineke MD, University of Chicago Northshore Family Medicine Residency Program
Learning Objectives: On completion of this session, the participants should be able to: 1: Apply the CDC US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (MEC) to women with more than one medical condition. 2: Summarize the evidence used to calculate the risk category for common contraceptives. 3: Demonstrate how to safely select a contraceptive for women with multiple medical conditions.

Driving Us Crazy: Helping Seniors Stay Safe on the Road
Speaker(s): Victoria Braund MD, Northshore University HealthSystem
Learning Objectives: 1: Describe the epidemiology of senior and accidents and fatalities, 2: Compare and contrast the state reporting laws-Illinois vs Minnesota, 3: Describe the medical evaluation of an at-risk senior who is driving, 4: Apply the evaluations steps and plan to case scenarios of seniors who are at risk, 5: Practice communication to persuade a senior to stop driving due to risky behaviors or deficient skills.

A Direct Observation Tool for Residents-As-Teachers
Speaker(s): Tanuja Sharma MD, University of Chicago Northshore Family Medicine Residency Program, Janice Benson MD, University of Chicago Northshore Family Medicine Residency Program; Kimberly Clinite, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine; Lauren Oshman MD, MPH, FAAFP, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago (Northshore) Family Medicine Residency Program
Learning Objectives: On completion of this session, the participants will be able to: 1: Describe three techniques commonly used by residency physicians precepting medical students, 2: Demonstrate the use of a direct observation tool to evaluate a resident teacher precepting a medical student; 3: Explore potential applications for this tool and process in their own residency programs.

Poster: Why Are We Running So Late? Factors Affecting Timeliness of Patient Visits at the Family Care Center
Poster Presenter(s): Monica Fudula MD, University of Chicago and Northshore Family Medicine Residency Program, Palosha Ahmed MD, University of Chicago and Northshore Family Medicine Residency Program; Mark Drexler MD, University of Chicago and Northshore Family Medicine Residency

Poster: Medical Career Choice in China: A View from Wuhan University
Poster Presenter(s): Lauren Hobbs MS3, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Poster: Standardization of Development Screening at the Glenbrook Family Care Center. Use of the ASQ3 Survey
Poster Presenter(s): Mandeep Sehmbey MD, University of Chicago and Northshore Family Medicine Residency, Mark Drexler MD, University of Chicago and Northshore Family Medicine Residency

New PURLs Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Kate Rowland

Dr. Kate Rowland, Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Chicago is now the Editor-in-Chief for FPIN's Priority Updates from the Research Literature (PURLs). Dr. Rowland has been involved with FPIN for many years including publishing multiple Clinical Inquiries, HelpDesk Answers, PURLs and Diving for PURLs. Dr. Rowland is a residency faculty at the Illinois Masonic Family Medicine Residency in Chicago and has served as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of PURLs and Deputy Editor of Diving for PURLs series for several years. She leads the PURL Jam at The University of Chicago and has been instrumental in developing the PURLs Journal Club and PURL Jams at other FPIN member organizations. She completed her residency training at Illinois Masonic and a two year Family Medicine Research Fellowship at The University of Chicago leading to a Masters of Science in Health Studies. She is a leading author, mentor, editor and scholar of evidence-based medicine for medical students, residents and faculty at The University of Chicago and the NorthShore University HealthSystem as well as in other FPIN member departments and residency programs throughout the United States. She has presented at multiple national and international research meetings. For more information: http://www.fpin.org/kate-rowland-md

NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation Hosts Investitures for Two Endowed Chairs

Evanston, IL-- On Wednesday, August 22, NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Foundation, the philanthropic entity for NorthShore, hosted an Investiture Ceremony recognizing two new endowed chairs. A group of more than 140 donors, physicians, care providers and administrative leaders gathered at NorthShore Evanston Hospital's Frank Auditorium to honor and celebrate the work of Bernard G. Ewigman, MD, MSPH, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at NorthShore and the University of Chicago, and Ernest E. Wang, MD, Medical Director of NorthShore Center for Simulation and Innovation (NCSI). Endowed chairs represent the highest level of prestige at academic medical institutions and help to ensure excellence in clinical care, research and medical education.


The ceremony commenced with the investiture of Dr. Ewigman in the Owen L. Coon Chair of Family Medicine, a chair bearing the name of the visionary family that funded the first endowed chair at NorthShore. For nearly three decades, Dr. Ewigman has earned a stellar reputation among his peers, as well as the thousands of patients he has served. Prior to his arrival at the University of Chicago and NorthShore, he practiced family medicine, focusing on obstetrics and inpatient care at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Throughout his career, Dr. Ewigman has won numerous research and teaching awards and received many notable honors, including the Pew Primary Care Research Award, which is given to one leading primary care researcher annually.

The group then enjoyed the investiture of Dr. Wang in the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund Chair of Simulation and Innovation. As Medical Director of NCSI, Dr. Wang has worked with his colleagues to leverage NorthShore's role as a teaching hospital by training medical students, residents, physicians and nurses to better master complex medical care, thereby improving patient outcomes, driving research and enhancing clinical skills. Under Dr. Wang's leadership, NorthShore's NCSI is regarded as the most productive, proactive and leading-edge simulation learning center in the nation. Outside of NorthShore, he is a course director for the American College of Emergency Physician's National Emergent Simulation Training Course and a peer reviewer for the Academic Emergency Medicine Journal. Among his many accolades, Dr. Wang received the Outstanding Physician of the Year Award in 2010 from the University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

"These honorees are a shining example of the commitment to excellence that is emphasized throughout NorthShore. Their work contributes significantly to NorthShore being able to provide the very best quality outcomes for our patients," said Murray Ancell, NorthShore Foundation Executive Director. "We are extremely grateful to the Owen L. Coon Foundation and Alvin H. Baum Family Fund who have made very generous endowment gifts recognizing these distinguished NorthShore physicians, gifts that provide philanthropic support in perpetuity."

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