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Foundation event, education conference to focus on healthy youth during annual meeting weekend

The new year has begun and it’s time to make plans for attending the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Education Conference, taking place April 17-19 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.

Education Conference
In addition to the House of Delegates (HOD) and the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s annual fundraising event, this year’s annual meeting will feature Navigating the Transition Zone: From Adolescence to Adulthood. Scheduled for April 17-18 in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, this two-day conference will focus on emerging health care trends within the transition zone of adolescence to young adulthood.

Approved for AMA PRA Category 1™ credit and AAFP™ credit, the conference will feature a keynote presentation on Childhood Adversity and Lifelong Health: The Science Behind Trauma-informed care by Pamela McGranahan, DNP, RN, and will also address four areas of health care especially relevant to preadults: mental and behavioral health, sexual health, adolescent lifestyles and complex diseases. Conference registration is available here.

Foundation Dinner and Silent Auction
The focus on healthy youth will continue Friday evening when the Foundation hosts, “Raising Hope: Fostering a healthy tomorrow.” In addition to the traditional dinner and silent auction, the evening’s program will include a presentation by Lisa Zetley, MD, FAAP. She will shine a light on the innocent victims of the opioid crisis, the health challenges they face, the physical, social and emotional resources and support needed, and what we can do individually and as a community to foster a healthy tomorrow for these children. Click here to learn more.

Inaugural Ceremony and House of Delegates
The conference will wrap up Saturday, followed by a reception and ceremony that will feature award presentations and the inauguration of Erik Gundersen, MD, as the Society’s 169th president. The HOD will take place Sunday, April 19. Click here for a schedule of the weekend.

Volunteers sought for Reference Committees
Reference Committee hearings will be held at the Clarion Suites, 2110 Rimrock Road, Madison on Saturday, March 28, beginning at 9 a.m. Reference Committees consider resolutions assigned to them as well as any five-year policy reviews and board reports extracted during the hearings. Society members may provide testimony in-person or remotely via GoToWebinar, and by submitting comments online via the virtual reference committees. More information will be included about these participation options in a future issue of Medigram.

Following the hearings, each Reference Committee will convene in closed session to provide recommendations to the HOD on its items of business, with reports emailed to Delegates, Alternate Delegates and Society Officers, and made available to all members on the Society’s website in advance of the Annual Meeting. Members interested in serving on a Reference Committee should email HJ Waukau for details.

For a complete timeline of events leading up to the Annual Meeting, including District Caucuses, other key dates and hotel accommodations, click here.

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