48th Annual Winter Refresher Course for Family MedicineThe 48th Annual Winter Refresher Course for Family Medicine

January 31 - February 2, 2018

Milwaukee Marriott West

Waukesha, WI

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Registration Information

48th 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, 2018. *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 30, 2018

  • Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) – formerly known as SAM
  • Preventive Care

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

Plenary Speakers

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


"Medical Management of Obesity"

Bradley Javorsky, MDBradley R. Javorksy, MD

Medical College of Wisconsin - Endocrinology

Dr. Javorsky is a Medical College of Wisconsin endocrinologist who sees adults for endocrine-related health concerns and management of long-term health conditions. He has a special interest in diseases of the pituitary and causes of obesity.

Dr. Javorsky received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wisconsin. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He stayed there for a clinical and research fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism where his research focus was on the hormonal control of appetite. He joined the faculty of the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2008.

Thursday, February 1, 2018


"New Frontiers of Cancer Genetics and Personalized Medicine"

Michael P. Mullane, MDMichael P. Mullane, MD

Aurora Cancer Care of Aurora

Health Care Metro, Inc

Dr. Mullane earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. His internal medicine residency was completed at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis. Fellowship in hematology and medical oncology was completed at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo.

Dr. Mullane is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology.

Friday, February 2, 2018

"InfoPOEMs" *NEW*

Rapid-fire sessions of need-to-know information related to the latest medical research.

John Hickner, MDJohn Hickner, MD, MSc

University of Illinois College of Medicine – Family Medicine

John Hickner, MD, MSc, is Professor and Head of Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Medicine. He received his MD from Indiana University, completed his family medicine training at the Medical University of South Carolina and earned a Masters degree in clinical research design and biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He served on the faculty of Michigan State University (MSU) for 25 years. In 2003 he left MSU for Chicago and was Vice Chair of Family Medicine at the University of Chicago, where he set up an urban primary care research network, taught epidemiology and cared for patients in a community health center. From 2009 to 2013 he was Chair of Family Medicine at Cleveland Clinic and Vice Chair for Research for the Cleveland Clinic Medicine Institute. He returned to the Windy City in January, 2013 to be Head of Family Medicine at UIC.

During his career Dr. Hickner has authored over 100 research publications, several book chapters and over 60 editorials. He founded and directed three state and regional primary care research networks and was the first director of the AAFP National Research Network from 2000 to 2004. His recent projects have dealt with safety culture and improving the safety of testing and medication management in primary care practice. He is a founding member of the editorial board of The Journal of Patient Safety and is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Family Practice. He has been teaching a novel, research-intensive, evidence based medicine CME course to primary care physicians for over 20 years.

Gary Ferenchick, MDGary Ferenchick, MD

Michigan State University – General Internal Medicine

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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 9, 2018 at a special rate of $119, 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

Adam Blackwell, MD, Program Director, Ascension | Columbia St. Mary's

Erin O'Tool, MD, Program Director, Ascension | Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

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

Jeff Morzinski, PhD, Professor, Department of Family and 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 16.50AMA 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 16.50 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