45th Annual Winter Refresher Course for Family MedicineThe 47th Annual Winter Refresher Course for Family Medicine

February 1-3, 2017

Milwaukee Marriott West

Waukesha, WI

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Registration Information

47th Annual Winter Refresher Course for Family Medicine online registration

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Registration Fees

Fees are discounted by $50 if paid before January 5, 2017. *Does not apply for KSA-Knowledge Self Assessment (KSA) – formerly known as SAM.

Physicians – $495
Active Preceptors – $425
PA/NP/Resident/Fellows/inactive or Retired Physicians – $425
Daily registration – $260/day

Please note there is a $17 non-refundable processing fee for all registrations.


Sign up for these when registering online. All workshops have limited enrollment.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

  • Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) – formerly known as SAM
  • Pain Management – Cheri Olson, MD

Registration must be made through the WAFP and will open in early December.

Plenary Speakers

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Aleksandra Zgierska, MD, PhD, DFASAMEffective Treatment of Opioid Addiction, Addressing the Epidemic of Prescription Opioid and Heroin Abuse and Overdose


Aleksandra Zgierska, MD, PhD, DFASAM

UW School of Medicine & Public Health

Dr. Aleksandra Zgierska earned her MD and PhD degrees in Warsaw, Poland before moving to Madison, Wisconsin, where she completed a family medicine residency in 2006. She then embarked on NIH-funded research training through fellowship and career development awards prior to joining the UW as a faculty member in 2009. She is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Dr. Zgierska is board-certified in family medicine and addiction medicine, and practices at the UW Health family medicine clinic. For her work in the addiction field, she was recognized as one of the Madison Magazine’s Top Doctors 2016 in Dane County. Her federally-funded research focuses on reducing opioid-related harms and enhancing outcomes in alcohol/drug use disorders and opioid-treated chronic pain. She teaches students, residents and fellows in the UW family medicine residency and UW addiction medicine, pain medicine and research fellowships, and presents on opioid therapy and opioid addiction related topics locally, nationally and internationally. She has co-directed the UW Hospital Center for Addictive Disorders and is the president of the Wisconsin Society of Addiction Medicine.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Danny Thomas, MD, MPHEvaluation and Management of Concussion

Danny Thomas, MD, MPH

Medical College of Wisconsin – Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine

Danny Thomas, MD, MPH received his Undergraduate Degree in psychology from the University of Illinois -Urbana Champaign and his medical degree from Northwestern University. Dr. Thomas did his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine from the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Thomas is an attending physician in the EDTC at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

His clinical emphasis in on the care of acute illness and injury in children. His professional goal is to use his sense of humor and empathy for children to minimize the stress and fear children experience with a visit to the emergency department. Dr. Thomas’s interests are in pediatric concussion. His main interests are in the clinical identification and management of concussion. His research has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and on NPR. He is looking for ways to improve and speed initial recover, decrease risk of subsequent injury, and identify patients at higher risk for post-concussive syndrome.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Andrew Petroll, MDPreventive Care for the LGBT Patient

Andrew Petroll, MD, MS

Medical College of Wisconsin – Infectious Disease

Raymond O. Frankow, MD Endowment Speaker

Dr. Andrew Petroll received an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Wisconsin. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at MCW and also received a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology there. Following his clinical training, Dr. Petroll completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in HIV Prevention Research at MCW’s Center for AIDS Intervention Research.

He is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease at MCW and has a co-appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, at the Center for AIDS Intervention Research.

Dr. Petroll’s clinical practice is in the care and prevention of HIV with an emphasis on culturally competent care, and state of the art treatment options. His research involves the study of attitudes toward HIV prevention, and pre-exposure prophylaxis specifically, among health care providers as well as factors affecting rural-dwelling individuals with HIV infection. Dr. Petroll has served as the chair of MCW’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He is the Medical Director of the Brady Street STD Clinic, a clinic serving gay and bisexual men in Milwaukee and Eastern Wisconsin. He is also a board director and Treasurer of GLMA, a national advocacy and educational organization for LGBT health and health care providers, and sits on the board of directors of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.

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  About the Conference

The Winter Refresher Course (WRC) for Family Medicine is a regional conference presented in the metropolitan area of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Typically attracting more than 200 family practitioners, FP physician assistants, FP nurse practitioners and FP residents, the WRC is sponsored by the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin.

The conference is 2.5 days in duration with 16-18 prescribed AAFP CME credit hours. The unique format of this conference provides three topics each hour from which the learner may choose. Topics include updates, new information, and workshops all clinically based. The WRC staff also make efforts to bring new technologies in learning to the conference and encourage presenters to use PowerPoint and Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) in their presentations. Planners of the WRC make every effort to avoid clinical presentations that are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. Standards of disclosure of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education are emphasized.

The Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Family & Community Medicine appreciates the support provided by The Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians and our corporate exhibitors.

  Who Should Attend

This program is designed for family physicians as well as nurse practitioners, physician and assistants and other primary care physicians who practice in a variety of settings including the hospital, nursing home, and office.

  Conference Location

Milwaukee Marriott West
W231 N1600 Corporate Ct.
Waukesha, WI 53186


A block of rooms will be reserved for registrants until January 10, 2017 at a special rate of $112, plus tax, per night.

Please note: If conference attendance exceeds expectations, rooms in the conference block may be sold out prior to this date.

For Milwaukee Marriot West online reservations, book your group rate for Medical College of WI.


If you would like to exhibit at the Winter Refresher Course, please contact Karen Krause at (414) 955-8696 or kkrause@mcw.edu. The Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Family & Community Medicine appreciates the support provided by our exhibitors.

  Program Organizers
  Course Planning Committee

Nancy E. Havas, MD, Program Director

Adam Blackwell, MD, Community Co-Director, Ascension | Columbia St. Mary's

Erin O'Tool, MD, Community Co-Director, Ascension | Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Alan K. David, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine

Mary Ellen Radjenovich, Conference Coordinator

Karen Krause-Fromm, Exhibit Coordinator

Julie Staskunas, CS-FNP, MSN, Ascension | Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group - Internal Medicine

  We're Green!

Syllabus material will be made available for our attendees starting in early January. This will allow you to download the presentations onto your own laptop or similar device/to print out the presentations of which may be of interest to you before you arrive at the conference. No hard copy handouts will be provided. Download instructions will be sent out to you in early January.


The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 16.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 16.75 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.


Mary Ellen Radjenovich
Conference Coordinator
meradjen@mcw.edu (414) 955-8189

Karen Krause
Exhibitor Coordinator
kkrause@mcw.edu (414) 955-8696



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