SPOKANE, Wash. — Primary Care Update, two-day conference designed for primary care providers, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and Allied Health professionals, will be May 2-3 at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in downtown Spokane.

The event is presented by the Inland NW Academy of Family Physicians, Family Medicine Spokane Residency Program, and the Area Health Education Center at Washington State University Spokane.

Primary Care Update is designed to provide the opportunity for healthcare professionals to participate in educational sessions and workshops designed with the primary care practitioner in mind. For registration information, contact the Area Health Education Center at WSU Spokane at (509) 358-7640 or toll-free at (800) 279-0705 or e-mail to conference@wsu.edu.

As part of the 20th anniversary celebration, a medical memorabilia display will be available on Friday, May 2, at the hotel. The display will include medical artwork, books, collectibles and old equipment.

Featured speakers and topics include Dr. Alan Maisel, VA San Diego Health Care System, “Dyspnea: Is it CHF? The Role of BNP;” Dr. Robert Ricks, Madigan Army Medical Center in Ft. Lewis, “What the Women’s Health Initiative Really Says;” Dr. Micky Collins, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, “IMPACT: Assessing Cognitive Impairment in Sports Injuries;” Dr. Robert Jeffers, chair, board of directors, Physicians Insurance, “Introduction to Claims Resolution;” and Dr. Katherine Tuttle, The Heart Institute of Spokane, “Renal Disease and Hypertension.” Other topics include international medicine, osteoporosis, the management of asthma, and what primary care providers really need to know about suicide.

To arrange for interviews with speakers, call Cathi Lamoreux, (509) 879-4417. Continuing education hours for health care professionals are available. Complete agenda available upon request or at www.ahec.spokane.wsu.edu.