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Continuing Medical Education (CME)


The 44th Annual Winter Refresher Course for Family Medicine
February 4 - 7, 2014
Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center

Our On Line Registration is now closed.  

You may register via: fax 414-955-6522, email, United States Postal Service, or at the conference. Click on the link below - Registration Form - to view in pdf.

Registration Form - View here in pdf.

Conference Brochure - View here in pdf.

Tuesday, February 4th from 3:30 -8:00 pm
Self-Assessment Module: Preventive Care  Cheri Olson, MD

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 Plenary Session

Raymond O. Frankow, MD Endowment Speaker
Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH
CEO, Patient Center Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC)

"Healthcare Reform: Where are We? Where are We going?"

Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH, joined the PCPCC as CEO in 2012. Prior to the PCPCC, Dr. Nielsen served as Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine's Department of Health Policy and Management. Dr. Nielsen was appointed by then-Governor Kathleen Sebelius as first Executive Director and Board Chair of the Kansas Health Policy Authority. She worked as a legislative assistant to US Senator Boby Kerrey (D-Nebraska) and later served as the health lobbyist and assistant director of legislation for the AFL-CIO. She is a board member of the American Board of Family Medicine, and former member of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, TransforMED LLC and the Mid-America Coalition on Health Care. She was also a committee member for the Institute of Medicine's Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020 and Living Well with Chronic Illness: A Call for Public Health Action. Dr. Nielsen holds an MPH from the George Washington University and a PhD from the John Hopkins School of Public Health.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 Plenary Session

Ted Epperly, MD
Program Director and CEO of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho
Clinical Professor of family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle 
"Impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act on Wisconsin"

Dr. Epperly is the past board chair and president of the American Academy of Family Physicians where he advocated on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system. He was a residency assistance program consultant before becoming a member of the Accreditation Council for the Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for family medicine, and serves as a commissioner of the Central District Board of Health for the four-county area surrounding Boise.

Ted is a member of the editorial board of the Annals of Family Medicine; the advisory board of Men’s Health Magazine; and a reviewer for the Annals of Family Medicine and American Family Physician. Ted has been published in more than 45 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters, and given hundreds of lectures nationally and internationally. He has testified before Congress regarding critical issues such as family medicine, primary care, healthcare workforce, access to care, medical home, and health system transformation. Ted has ranked by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare and is the author of Staring into the Soul of America – Why We Struggle With Healthcare For All.

Ted holds an MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. He completed a family medicine faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatrics.

Friday, February 7, 2014 Plenary Session

Philip Chard, MS, LCSW, NLP
President and CEO of Empathia, Inc
"Realistic Optimism, Meeting the Challenges of Change During Trying Times"

Philip Chard is President and CEO of Empathia, Inc., a nationwide behavioral services firm providing health, safety and productivity solutions for over 320 organizations representing 2 million covered lives. In addition, he is a practicing psychotherapist who writes an award-winning weekly column in the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL titled "Out of My Mind," and is author of The Healing Earth, which won the 1995 Midwest Publishers Award, and Nature's Ways, which examines the spiritual aspects of nature interaction. Philip is a contributing writer to Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul, has been a guest expert on ABC Television's 20/20, and has presented at the Brookings Institution, among many other venues. He holds a master's degree in counseling psychology and taught behavioral sciences at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, where he received the Outstanding Faculty Award.

For more information on Mr. Chard please visit his website at


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 January 2, 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 20, 2014. 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. Please check back on the 20th to view the files.

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. 

This Live activity, 44th Annual Winter Refresher Course for Family Medicine, with a beginning date of 02/04/2014, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 15.00 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
Bonnie Lawyer, Registration Coordinator
Becky Wimmer, Assistant Executive Director, WAFP

Mary Ellen Radjenovich
Conference Coordinator - 414-955-8189

Bonnie Lawyer
Registration Information - 414-955-4205

Karen Krause
Exhibitor Coordinator - 414-955-8696
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