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Continuing Medical Education (CME)


The 45th Annual Winter Refresher Course for Family Medicine
January 27 - 30, 2015
Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center

View Program Brochure (PDF)

Registration is now open. Register now!

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Registration 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, January 27, 2015
WAFP members..................................................................... $125
Non-WAFP members .............................................................. $250
Please register for the SAM session at



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

Wednesday (Afternoon)
Family Medicine for America's Health
Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP

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
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

Jay 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.


Conference Location

Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center
2810 Golf Road
Pewaukee, WI 53187-2269

Reservations: Please call the Country Springs Hotel & Conference Center @ 262-547-0201 or 800-247-6640 and mention the Medical college of Wisconsin to receive the reduced rate. A block of rooms will be reserved for registrants until December 27, 2014 at a special rate of $109 deluxe, $139 executive suite, plus tax, per night. Rates include free wireless internet and continental breakfast each morning.


Syllabus material will be made available for our attendees via this website 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.

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. 

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.

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.

If you would like to exhibit at the Winter Refresher Course, please contact Karen Krause at 414-955-8696 or 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

Mary Ellen Radjenovich
Conference Coordinator - 414-955-8189

Karen Krause
Exhibitor Coordinator - 414-955-8696
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