45th Annual Winter Refresher Course for Family MedicineThe 46th Annual Winter Refresher Course for Family Medicine

February 3-5, 2016
Milwaukee Marriott West

More program and registration information will be posted in late October. Please check back.

Registration Fees

Fees are discounted by $50 if paid before January 2, 2015. *Does not apply for SAM registration.

Fees are as follows:
Physicians $475
Active Preceptors $425
PA/NP/Resident/Fellow/Inactive or Retired Physicians $400
Daily registration $260/day


New this year, sign up for these when registering online. (Please note that these have limited enrollment and there is a limit of up to two workshops per registrant.)

Self-Assessment Module (SAM): Asthma
Cheri Olson, MD, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

WAFP members $125
Non-WAFP members $250
Please register for the SAM session on the WI Academy of Family Physicians Web site


Wednesday, January 28 (Morning)
Raymond O. Frankow, MD Endowment Speaker
Bhupendra O. Khatri, MD, The Regional MS Center, Center for Neurological Disorders
"Update in MS Diagnosis and Management for the Family Physicians"

Bhupendra O. Khatri, MDBhupendra Odhavji Khatri, MD earned his medical degree from Grant Medical College in Mumbai India, completed his residency in neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he continued as an associate professor of neurology until 1990 at which time he opened the Center for Neurological Disorders in Milwaukee. He is the founding medical director of one of the largest Multiple Sclerosis centers in the USA, caring for over 4,000 patients.

He is a pioneer in the field of therapeutic plasmapheresis and his research contributions and participation in clinical trials led to an effective plasmapheresis protocol therapy for Guillain Barre Syndrome, Acute & Progressive form of MS, Neuro-Myelitis Optica (NMO) and removal of Tysabri from body in the event of Progressive Multifocal Leucoencephalopathy (PML).

Dr. Khatri is a principal investigator in numerous clinical trials, as well as an invited speaker at both national and international conferences. As an author/co-author, his work has been published in books, abstracts and medical journals. He has published over 65 papers in peer reviewed journals and contributed chapters to 6 books.

Dr. Khatri has another extremely rich part of his life, which is the creative soul in him. His book entitled, Healing the Soul: Unexpected Stories of Courage, Hope, and the Power of Mind was released in October 2014. This book is a moving and revealing testament to the power of the human mind and spirit in the face of life’s most difficult challenges brought on by multiple sclerosis. Within its pages are stories of courage, inexplicable medical miracles, and disappointing transactions with intractable insurance companies, ill-informed legislators, and new physicians guided more by technology than traditional medical practices.

Wednesday (Afternoon)
Wanda D. Filer, MD, MBA
"Family Medicine for America's Health"
Wanda D. Filer, MD, MBA earned her bachelor’s degree in family health science from Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania, and her medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. She completed her family medicine residency at Underwood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, New Jersey, where she also served as chief resident. Filer earned an executive MBA from Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Filer has been a practicing family physician for more than 25 years. She is the founder and president of the Strategic Health Institute in York, a health care consulting firm dedicated to building awareness of today’s health issues and the need for change. In addition, Filer is a family physician at Family First Health, a federally qualified health center in York and Adams Counties. She is also is president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Previously, she served three years as a member of the AAFP Board of Directors.

Thursday, January 29 (Morning)
Mary Mazul, CNM, MSN, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
NP & PA Appreciation Gathering
"The Role of Advanced Licensed Practitioners in Population Health Management"
Mary Mazul is a Certified Nurse Midwife and Administrative Director of Population Health Management at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. She is a doctoral student at the UWM Zilber School of Public Health with a focus on Community and Behavioral Health Promotion. Her work involves strengthening the non-acute settings to meet the demands of population health management and improve health equity. Her main focus is implementing IHI/Triple Aim into the primary care setting with a focus on team based care and health outcomes.

Thursday (Afternoon)Michael McBride, MD
Michael McBride, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
"Care of the Veteran"
Dr. McBride is an MCW graduate. He did his internship and residency in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry also at MCW. He is a child and adolescent psychiatrist working at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. He is also the Medical Director of the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom Team. A Commander in the US Navy Reserves. Dr. McBride has had five overseas military deployments working at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, combat stress clinics in Iraq, and the combat hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Friday, January 30
JaJay Varkey, MDy Varkey, MD, Emory University Hospital
"Ebola in America"
Dr. Varkey received his BA from Marquette University and an AOA graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Duke University Medical Center.

He is the Director of the Antimicrobial Management Program and Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at Emory University Hospital (EUH). He also serves as the Co-Director of the Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Treatment Clinic at Emory and as the Hospital Epidemiologist at the Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital of Emory University.

Dr. Varkey currently serves on numerous institutional committees, has published numerous articles and is an active teacher and lecturer. His research interests are focused on the appropriate use of antimicrobials, reducing drug toxicities, reducing antimicrobial resistance, and improving patient outcomes.

 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 Counsel 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
W231N1600 Corporate Ct, Waukesha, WI  53186
Reservations: Please call the Marriott West at (262) 574-0888 or (800) 228-9290 and mention the Medical College of Wisconsin to receive the reduced rate. A block of rooms will be reserved for registrants until January 12, 2016 at a special rate of $109, plus tax, per night.



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

MCW Department of Family & Community Medicine

Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians

 Course Planning Committee

Nancy E. Havas, MD, Program Director
Suzanne Gehl, MD Community Co-Director
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, Wheaton Franicscan Medical Group - Internal Medicine
Becky Wimmer, Assistant Executive Director, WAFP

 We're Green!

Syllabus material will be made available for our attendees via this Web site starting January 12, 2015. 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.

This Live activity, 45th Annual Winter Refresher Course for Family Medicine, with a beginning date of 01/27/2015, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 16.75 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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

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

Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-8296
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