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Family and Community Medicine

The Annual Winter Refresher Course for Family Medicine

WRC-logoThe Winter Refresher Course (WRC) for Family Medicine is a regional conference presented in the metropolitan area of Milwaukee,Wisconsin. Typically attracting more than 250 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.

January 30 - February 1, 2019

View the Winter Refresher Course brochure (PDF)

Wednesday, January 30
3:30 – 4:30 pm
Therapeutic Potential of the Marijuana-derived Cannabinoids THC and CBD
Cecilia Hillard, PhD

Thursday, January 31
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Optimizing Heart Health: The ABC's of Primary Prevention
Joshua Liberman, MD, FACC

Friday, February 1
7:45 am – 12:15 pm
InfoPOEMs: Rapid-Fire Sessions of Need-to-Know Information Related to the Latest Medical Research
John Hickner, MD, MSc
Gary Ferenchick, MD


About the Conference
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.
Visit our online registration to register and for additional information (there are no hard copy registration forms available).

Registration fees are discounted by $50 if paid before January 3, 2019.
Please note: There is a $17 non-refundable processing fee for all registrations.

Fees are as follows
$495 - Physicians
$425 - Active Preceptors
$425 - PA/NP/Resident/Fellow/Inactive or Retired Physicians
$260/day - Daily registration

Contact Mary Ellen Radjenovich at or (414) 955-8189.
Conference Location

A block of rooms will be reserved for registrants until January 8, 2019 at a special rate of $119, plus tax, per night. If conference attendance exceeds expectations, rooms in the conference block may be sold out prior to January 10, 2019. Please call the Milwaukee Marriott West at (262) 574-0888 or (800) 228-9290 for reservations and mention the Medical College of Wisconsin to receive the reduced rate.

The 49TH Annual Winter Refresher Course will be held at Milwaukee Marriott West located just off I-94 in Waukesha at W231 N1600 Corporate Court, Waukesha, WI 53186.

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.
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.
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
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.

Contact Us

Mary Ellen Radjenovich
Conference Coordinator | (414) 955-8189

Karen Krause
Exhibitor Coordinator | (414) 955-8696