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Ogden set for annual medical conference

By Jamie Lampros - Special to the Standard-Examiner | May 15, 2022

Jamie Lampros, Standard-Examiner file photo

Dr. Lynne Kerr talks about pediatric headaches during the 69th annual Ogden Surgical Medical Society Conference on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The three day conference was held at the Eccles Conference Center in Ogden.

For the past 77 years, the Ogden Surgical Medical Society has been holding its annual conference to help educate local clinicians and the public on a variety of topics.

This year, the conference will be held May 17-20 at Weber State University. The theme of this year’s event is “Conference for the Curious Clinician.” International, national, regional and local health experts are among the speakers.

Dr. Douglas Anderson — an ear, nose and throat specialist in Ogden and Ogden Surgical Medical Society Board member — said the multi-day conference will include a host of topics.

Scheduled talks include how to help physicians and others see what matters most in patients and other people they interact with, sustainable behavior change dealing with healthy eating and exercise, ecology in medicine and the human microbiome and microorganisms that live among us, and mindfulness in medicine and life including strategies to help ourselves and others recognize, rebuild and recover.

“Also new this year, we will have Colonel Tracie L. Swingle, hospital administrator at Hill Air Force Base and Colonel (Dr.) Lance M. Nussbaum will be speaking about treating and taking care of servicemen and their families during times of deployment and in dealing with post traumatic stress disorder,” Anderson said. “As always, the public is welcome.”

Lectures will also be given each morning on “What’s new in my specialty.” Some of the topics will include joint replacement, multiple sclerosis, neurology, long-haul COVID-19, vascular anomalies, proper opioid dispensing, rheumatology, pain management, colorectal surgery and dermatology. All lectures are free to the public.

The conference will be streamed on Zoom, where the public can watch for free, by going to ogdensurgical.com and clicking on the top links. The conference is also free in person, but meals cost $30. The conference will be held on the third floor of the Shepherd Union Building on WSU’s Ogden campus.

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