2021 Pre-conference Workshops held in conjunction with the FMEC Annual Meeting.

Thursday, October 7

ALSO Instructor Course (12 to 5 pm) - Pittsburgh, PA - REGISTRATION CLOSED

  • Course Director: Steve Ratcliffe, MD, MSPH 
  • Location: Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Hotel, 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh PA  15222
  • Registration Fees:
    Physicians/Healthcare Professionals: FMEC Member: $650 | Non-Member: $675

    Resident/Fellow: FMEC Member $550 | Non-Member: $575
  • Course overview: ALSO Instructor courses provide lifelong learning opportunities utilizing AAFP-produced material for use in learning skills to assist in teaching ALSO Provider courses.  This one-day course offers an interactive learning experience for ALSO Providers. Become an ALSO Instructor, and learn about adult learning theory and faculty development, as well as how to offer effective feedback, teach in small group workstations, and evaluate participants.
  • Agenda 
  • Course pre-requisite: Current ALSO Provider Status as of Oct. 7, 2021 is REQUIRED.
    Please click the following link to view ALSO Provider Courses offered.
  • COVID Protocol:  All attendees must be vaccinated.  Proof will be required on-site.

Integrative Health Implementation Track (1 to 5 pm EST)  - Zoom

  • Led by Wayne Jonas, MD
  • Location:  Virtual via Zoom 
  • Registration Fees: This is a complimentary workshop. Cost to attend = $0

  • Who should attend: Health care practitioners, leaders, students, and residents interested in practicing and implementing whole person or integrative health care including non-drug, self-care, lifestyle, and behavioral approaches to treat chronic disease and chronic pain for themselves, their practices, and their systems.

  • Course overview: 

    Most chronic diseases seen in primary care can be prevented or even improved by addressing their underlying social and behavioral determinants. Yet these determinants are poorly managed in medicine. The COVID pandemic has highlighted even further the need to enhance our ability to address chronic disease and its risks. Those dying of COVID are often the same who die of common chronic illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and mental health conditions; and, disproportionately affect the elderly, minorities, the poor, and people of color. We need to enhance our ability to address these root causes of chronic disease and COVID impact more effectively. We call this enhancement person-centered integrative health care.

    The Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC) hosted a year-long learning collaborative beginning Sept 2020 for family medicine residencies, FQHCs, DPC practices, and other clinics and health systems. The teams worked to improve the delivery of person-centered integrative health practices into routine primary care.

  • Click here to view the full agenda

Friday, October 8

IMPLICIT - Pittsburgh, PA (8 am to 12:45 pm) - (Closed meeting)

FMEC Healthcare Innovators Network - Pittsburgh, PA (8 am to 5 pm) 

  • Led by Larry Bauer MSW, MEd
  • Location:  Virtual and In-person 
  • Registration Fees: Virtual = $50 / In-person = $100
  • Agenda

  • Overview:
    Since 2008, the FMEC has sponsored this one-day meeting that showcases the success of the Family Physicians and others who are using primary care-driven innovations to change the care delivery systems in their respective communities.  They have found a way to care for their patients/communities that improves health while reducing the cost of care.

    The FMEC serves as a catalyst, convener, and incubator that showcases their work and helps them to attract supporters and partners. If you are looking for the "cutting edge" join us for this year's meeting. 

Sunday, October 10

IMPLICIT - Pittsburgh, PA (9 am to 12 pm) - (Closed Meeting)