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2006 Regional Conference: Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 26

Preconference symposium at Wolstein Research Building, 2103 Cornell Road

7-9 p.m.

Beyond MDs and RNs: Exploring nontraditional medical paths

This pre-conference symposium for college students features professionals explaining their areas of specialty, what the work is like, prospects for a career in that area and other details.

Moderator: Maria Simbra, M.D., KDKA-Pittsburgh

Public health outreach coordinators or specialists
Ami Peacock, cancer outreach coordinator, MetroHealth

Biomedical engineering
Eben Alsberg; assistant professor, biomedical engineering; Case Western Reserve University
Presentation (PDF)

Medical and clinical laboratory technologists/scientists
Julia Sutch, program director, Cleveland Clinic School of Medical Technology
Presentation (PDF)

Dietary or nutritional counseling
Cheri Collier, registered dietician, MetroHealth
Presentation (PDF)

Medical interpreters and translators
Ana Maria Samanez, international patient relations specialist, The Cleveland Clinic
Presentation (PDF)

Medical and health services manager
Gail Bromley, former director, The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland

Health care journalists
Andrew Holtz, independent journalist and AHCJ member

Friday, Oct. 27

All field trip transportation will leave from the Intercontinental Suites. Friday includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

7 a.m. AHCJ Registration and Information Table opens in the lobby of the Intercontinental Suites (8800 Euclid Ave.)
7:15 a.m. Buses start looping from the Intercontinental Suites to Cleveland Clinic/Intercontinental Conference Center
7:30 a.m. Complimentary breakfast opens at field trip site
8:30 a.m.
Field trip to The Cleveland Clinic
  • Watch live heart surgery and interact with the surgeons
  • A panel of heart specialists will talk about the state of cardiac care, trends and implications:
    • Delos "Toby" M. Cosgrove, M.D., president and CEO, Cleveland Clinic
    • Joseph Sabik, M.D., staff, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
    • Steven E. Nissen, M.D., interim chair, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
    • A. Michael Lincoff, M.D., director of Cleveland Clinic Cardiovascular Coordinating Center
    • Moderator: Ivan Oransky, M.D., deputy editor, The Scientist, and AHCJ board member
11:30 a.m.
Field trip to the NASA Glenn Research Center

View space-based research into health issues, including:

  • Vision Research and Human Health Diagnostics Laboratory
  • Exercise Countermeasures Laboratory
  • The GRUVE Lab
3 p.m.
Field trip to Case Western Reserve University

Meet researchers and clinicians in two areas:

  • Mt. Sinai Skills and Simulation Center
  • Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
5-8 p.m.

AHCJ Registration and Information Table open at HealthSpace Cleveland (8911 Euclid Ave.)

6 p.m.

Location: HealthSpace Cleveland, 8911 Euclid Ave.

Roundtable session: The future of genetics and screening

  • Sanford Markowitz, M.D., Department of Genetics, Case Medical Center
  • Charis Eng, M.D., Genomic Medicine Institute, The Cleveland Clinic
  • Cheryl Scacheri, M.S., C.G.C., Genomic Medicine Institute, The Cleveland Clinic
  • Mitchell Drumm, associate professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Genetics, Case Medical Center
  • Moderator: Joe Nadeau, professor and chair, Department of Genetics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and co-director for the Center for Computational Genomics

Followed by a dinner reception at HealthSpace Cleveland, the nation's first health museum

Saturday, Oct. 28

All Saturday sessions will take place in the Wolstein Research Building on the Case Western Reserve campus, 2103 Cornell Road. Shuttles will be provided from the Intercontinental Suites.

8 a.m. AHCJ Registration and Information Table opens at the Wolstein Research Building on the Case Western Reserve campus (2103 Cornell Road)

9 a.m.

Session: Access to information: How to get what you need

  • Kurt Stange, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Family Medicine, Case Medical Center
  • Diane Solov, The Plain Dealer
  • Eileen Korey, vice president communications, The MetroHealth System
  • Moderator: Sue Havala Hobbs, Ph.D., R.D., director of Doctoral Program in Health Leadership, UNC-Chapel Hill, and AHCJ board member

10:45 a.m.

Breakout: Covering obesity at the local level

Breakout: Covering the aging population

  • Richard Browdie, CEO Benjamin Rose Institute and former head of Pennsylvania Department of Aging
  • Robert H. Binstock, Ph.D., Professor of Aging, Health, and Society, at Case Western Reserve University - Presentation (PDF)
  • Belle Likover, Ohio Department of Aging's Advisory Council and senior advocate - Presentation: Headlines I would like to see
  • May L. Wykle, Ph.D., R.N., Dean and Florence Cellar Professor of Gerontological Nursing
  • Moderator: Susan Jaffe, reporter, The Plain Dealer

12:30 p.m.

Lunch session: Understanding medical conflicts of interest

  • Phil B. Fontanarosa, M.D., executive deputy editor, The Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Helen Branswell, health writer, The Canadian Press
  • Gregory Curfman, M.D., executive editor, New England Journal of Medicine
  • Moderator: Trudy Lieberman, City University of New York professor and AHCJ board president

2:45 p.m.

Breakout: Tracking deadly infections

  • Ali Khan, M.D., M.P.H., acting deputy director of the CDC's National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-borne, and Enteric Diseases - Presentation (PDF)
  • Steven Gordon, M.D., chairman of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Hospital Epidemiologist - Presentation (PDF)
  • Moderator: Mike Stobbe, reporter, The Associated Press, and AHCJ board member

Breakout: Tools for covering hospitals

  • Instructor: Karl Stark, national/foreign editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and AHCJ board treasurer

Tip sheets: Financial documents and Hospital stories to do

4:15 p.m.

Session: Numbers to narrative: Writing the complete medical story

  • Stuart Warner, enterprise editor/writing coach, The Plain Dealer
  • John Mangels, science writer, The Plain Dealer
  • Moderator: Ivan Oransky, M.D., deputy editor, The Scientist, and AHCJ board member

5:45 p.m.

Program ends