SPOKANE, Wash. — A two-day conference designed for primary care providers, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and allied health professionals, will be held April 30-May 1 at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in downtown Spokane.

The conference is presented by the Inland Northwest Academy of Family Physicians, Family Medicine Spokane Residency Program and the Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center, Washington State University Extension.

Primary Care Update will allow health-care 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 (509) 358-7640, (800) 279-0705 or ahec@wsu.edu

Featured topics include an update on diabetes, an evidence-based approach to herbals and supplements, improvised medical care, non-cancer pain management, warts, athletes and sudden death, management of renal insufficiency and others.

Featured speakers include Mark Needham, CEO of the Santa Monica (Calif.) Bay Physicians Health Services Inc, on cosmetic care for primary care practitioners and newer imaging techniques; Howard Donner, emergency-room physician in Telluride, Colo., and medical director of the San Miguel (Calif.) Search and Rescue, on wilderness medicine; Danial Baker, WSU College of Pharmacy, on 10 new drugs; Ken Cathcart, Northside Internal Medicine, on diabetes; and Dr. Roy Kanter, Holy Family Multiple Sclerosis Center, on why MS is so hard to diagnose.

Two dinner programs also are scheduled. Preregistration is required for each night. Contact the Area Health Education Center at (509) 358-7640 or (800) 279-0705 or e-mail at ahec@wsu.edu.

Dan O’Connell will lead an April 29 dinner workshop for providers, “Life in Medicine: From Suffering to Satisfaction.” O’Connell is the regional consultant for the Bayer Institute for Health Care Communication, faculty member at the Foundation for Medical Excellence (Portland, Ore.) and clinical instructor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington. Tickets are $45 per provider with one guest free.

David Sheehan, professor of psychiatry and director of the Office of Research at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, will speak at an April 30 dinner seminar on generalized anxiety disorder. The free dinner is for providers only.
To arrange for interviews with speakers, call Cathi Lamoreux at (509) 358-7640 or (509) 879-4417. Continuing education hours for health-care professionals are available. Complete agenda available upon request or online at www.ahec.spokane.wsu.edu.