Friday, June 9, 2017 

3:30pm – 4:25pm

FR1: Treating IBS: Listen, Look, and Learn From Your Patients
Lawrence Schiller, MD, FACP, FACG

Family physicians face the everyday challenge of providing individualized, safe, and effective care for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Though not a life-threatening condition, it remains a condition that can be difficult to diagnose and creates frustration for both health care providers and their patients. This educational activity will focus on a patient-centered approach to the diagnosis and management of IBS.

4:30pm – 5:25pm

FR2: Mild to Moderate Atopic Dermatitis: Pathogenesis and Targeted Therapies for Improved Outcomes
Lisa Beck, MD

Providing individualized, safe, and effective care for patients with mild to moderate atopic dermatitis (AD) can be a challenge. A greater understanding of this disorder is critical to maximizing patient outcomes. With access to up-to-date information, you will be better able to care for these individuals and successfully address issues encountered in daily clinical practice. 

5:30pm - 6:25pm

FR3: Don’t Wait – Vaccinate! (t2p)
Everett Schlam, MD

From the re-emergence of measles to the changes and challenges of HPV immunization, convincing our patients to get vaccinated is vital to populations and patient health.  Join Everett Schlam in a discussion of the current immunization environment and leave with some clinical pearls to improve immunization rates in your practice

Saturday, June 9, 2017 
8:00am – 8:55am

SA1: Co-occurring Depression and T2DM (t2p)
Pam Valenza, MD and Jim Feldman, PhD, LCSW

Physicians often normalize depression among patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and therefore do not diagnose or provide treatment. Chronic diseases and depression are bidirectional. Patients with depression are at risk for preventable chronic diseases, such as diabetes, earlier in life due to unhealthily behaviors. Conversely, depression worsens chronic conditions because of various factors including poor treatment adherence. Join a family physician and a psychologist as they discuss the effective management of these co-morbid conditions.

SA2:  A Value-Based Approach to Managing Diabetes and Other Chronic Conditions
Dan Bowles, MBA, MPP

Quality over cost over time… the value based equation that ensures patients get appropriate care with effective results at a reasonable cost.  Value-based approaches to care employ evidence-based medicine and treatment that takes into account the patient’s preferences and wishes. This program will explore value-based care and what it means to your practice.













FF1: Rash Decisions
Everett Schlam, MD

The demand for dermatology services in the United States far exceeds the supply of dermatologists. Fortunately, many common dermatological issues can be diagnosed and treated in the family physician office. Join Dr. Everett Schlam as he presents the latest in the treatment of common dermatological conditions.

FF2: Updates from the US Preventative Services Task Force
Ryan Kauffman, MD

Join Ryan Kauffman as he takes you through a whirlwind tour of the lasts USPSTF updates related to aspirin, breast feeding, COPD screening, folic acid, genital herpes, lipids in children, latent TB screening, Pelvic exams, skin cancer, sleep apnea, and syphilis – followed by a closer look at colorectal cancer screening and statins for primary prevention.

9:30am-10:00amBreak - Visit with Exhibitors

SA3: The Healthcare Mystery 

A myriad a factors impact the physician’s ability to effectively care for their patients. Delve into this exploration of the mysteries of health care.


SA4: Healthcare 2017: Perspectives from the AAFP
John Cullen, MD

As the debate around health care reform rages on, AAFP is advocating for family physicians and patients. Plan to join AAFP Director John Cullen, MD as he discusses these important issues and the AAFP’s response.

12:00pm-2:00pmLunch and Visit Exhibitors

SA5: Tobacco Dependence and Smoking Cessation
Frank Leone, MD

Cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke result in significant mortality and morbidity in the United States each year and you are in the perfect position to help patients quit smoking.  Did you know that even brief advice makes an impact? Join Frank Leone as he takes you on an energetic exploration of tobacco’s impact on chronic disease, smoking’s characteristics as a compulsive disorder and evidence-based treatments.

SA6: Integrative Approch to Sleep Disorders
Robert Eidus, MD

Life’s frenetic pace does not contribute to good sleep.  Caffeine, light at night, and media overstimulation break our natural rhythm and sleep becomes an elusive dream.  It is known that lack of sleep can contribute to respiratory and cardiac disease and a host of other conditions. Rather than reliance on medication, taking an integrative approach to sleep disorders allows us to reframe sleep health and insomnia and expands significantly the range of interventions.  Join this presentation and learn how to help your patients get to back to sleep.


SA7: DSME in the Management of Diabetes
Kristen Garron, RD, CDE, LDN

Diabetes self-management education (DSME) - The ongoing process of facilitating the knowledge, skill, and ability necessary for self-care - is critical to patients who have diabetes and those at risk for developing it.  DSME, when practiced, has the ability to delay or prevent diabetic complications. In this session, Kristen Garron, a certified diabetes educator, will present the elements of DSME and how to refer your patients to this very important resource.

SA8: Palliative Care of Patients with Advanced Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Ritu Suri, MD

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease place a great burden on society and on the patients and their caregivers who have an overwhelming amount of psychosocial and physical needs as the end of life approaches. Effective palliative care lessen caregiver burden, improves patients’ symptoms, and helps to ensure decisions for treatment are made in the context of patient and family goals. This session will explore the palliative care process for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s.


SA9: The Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Robert Eidus, MD

It is a fact that inflammation is the body’s healing response to infection or injury, but if it then persists and serves no purpose, inflammation can cause damage. Exposure to toxins, stress, genetics, and lack of exercise can contribute to chronic inflammation. But did you know that  diet can also play a role in the inflammatory process? Join Bob Eidus as he discusses the science behind anti-inflammatory diets, and why you should be talking to your patients about them.

SA10: Managing the Challenges of Asthma and COPD
Judd Flesch, MD

Asthma and COPD are two of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality. The burden of these diseases has a negative impact on the individual and their quality of life. While treatment options exist, long-term adherence is required for success. This session will explore the challenges in the management of asthma and COPD as well as the barriers to successful treatment.












Sunday, June 10 

SU1:Deprescribing Demystified
Lyndsay Brandt, MD, PharmD

Prescribing medications is easy. Deprescribing medication for our elderly patients can be a mystery.  Join Lyndsay Brandt as she guides the audience through the process of safely deprescribing medication and leave with resources to help you and your patients.

Skill Workshop 1: Resiliance/Burnout
8:30am - 10:30am

9:30am-10:225amSU2: Addiction 360
Joseph Ranieri, MD

* This sessions meets the state requirement for continuing education on opioid prescribing

Today, all primary care physicians face the overwhelming burden of whether or not to prescribe opioids for the management of pain. Join Joseph Ranieri, Medical Director from Seabrook House, as he leads the discussion on addiction and the safe prescribing of opioids.


SU3: Complex Endo EHCO –  Thyroid Disorder  
Panel: Complex Endocrinology ECHO Leaders

NJAFP launches a collaboration with RWJ Partners Project ECHO with a live face-to-face and online ECHO Clinic as part of its Complex Endocrinology ECHO. This Clinic on thyroid disorder will be led by a multidisciplinary team of NJ-based endocrine specialists, known as the “Hub” leaders. This is a national movement linking primary care with specialists to improve outcomes, brought to the Garden State by RWJ and to family medicine by NJAFP. Do not miss this opportunity! Plan to attend! Have a case for this session? Go to to submit your case questions.

Skill Workshop 2:
Motavational Interviewing
11:00am - 1:00pm


SU4: Safe Zone: Caring for Patients with HIV/HCV

Another RWJ Partners Project ECHO collaboration! Dr. Rustgi is a national leader in the field and heads the upcoming NJ-based HCV ECHO Hub. Co-infection of HIV and HCV is an emerging public health issue with significant clinical implications. There is a poor awareness on the part of physicians and patients on the need for HIV and HCV screening and a lack of honest and open communication contributes to the spread of infection.  This case-based ECHO-like clinic will explore the HIV and HCV infection and discuss screening and treatment/prevention strategies. Stick around to get the scoop on the ECHO/NJAFP collaboration to form a HCV ECHO. Have a case for this session? Go to to submit your case questions.

1:00pmScientific Assembly Concludes

KSA Study Hall - Diabetes
Ryan Kauffman, MD

Participants will work together to complete the sixty-question diabetes knowledge self-assessment (KSA) during this study group.  Answers will automatically be sent to the ABFM on your behalf, so all participates will pass the self-assessment and get 8 hours of prescribed CME credit (and 10 ABFM points).  Those who wish can stay to complete the clinical self-assessment (CSA) and get another 4 hours of prescribed CME credit (and 5 ABFM points). 

Bring your computer to use the audience response system and complete the clinical simulation.