UPMC Hamot 2023 Primary Care Conference

Erie, PA US
August 4, 2023

Join your colleagues to learn about the most recent updates related to a variety of fields affecting your patients in Primary Care!

Target Audience

Primary care physicians, hospitalists, advanced practice providers, and nurses, as well as other healthcare professionals will benefit from attendance at this activity.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participants should be able to:

  • Describe stages of fatty liver disease progression.
  • List causes and risk factors for fatty liver disease.
  • Review testing options for liver fibrosis assessment.
  • Describe the role of gratitude in wellness.
  • Name three gratitude exercise for use in daily work life.
  • Identify the role of purpose in promoting work satisfaction.
  • Name three strategies to clarify purpose in work life.
  • Explore evidence-based coping strategies to deploy in everyday life.
  • Review pancreatic cancer resectability.
  • Discuss multimodality treatment of pancreatic cancer.
  • Describe advances in pancreatic surgery robotics.
  • Describe the common accessibility problems patients with various disabilities encounter within a healthcare setting.
  • Apply legislation, standards and guidelines applicable to ensuring accessible healthcare for patients with disabilities within their facilities.
  • Name key stakeholder groups within a healthcare system who can champion the needs of patients with disabilities and facilitate staff awareness.
  • Describe the epidemiology of symptomatic disease, hospitalizations, and death due to SARS-CoV-2.
  • Review factors impacting changing epidemiology, including SARS-CoV-2 variants.
  • Discuss how the response to the COVID-19 pandemic may inform approaches to minimizing harm from current and future respiratory virus epidemics.
  • Identify common pediatric illnesses.
  • Review treatment recommendations for common pediatric illnesses.
  • Review the definition of COPD.
  • Define how pulmonary function testing supports diagnosis, guides treatment, monitors condition over time.
  • Describe the range of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment options available for patients with COPD.
  • Recognize the role of CGRP in migraine production.
  • Recognize CGRP medication mechanism of actions and how they vary.
  • Review CGRP medications.
  • Review CGRP medication prescription for primary care and prior authorization.
  • Review new updates on antibiotics.
  • Discuss ways to improve antibiotic prescribing in primary care.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.25 AAPA Category I CME
  • 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 6.25 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 6.25 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
08/04/2023 - 5:00am EDT
Event ends: 
08/04/2023 - 6:30pm EDT

7:30 – 8

Registration/Continental Breakfast


8 – 8:05


Maggie Benson, MD, Ben Bongutu, MD

8:05 – 8:35

The Fatty Liver Disease Epidemic

Matthew Klinge, MD

8:40 – 9:20

Rekindling Your Fire…Without Burning Out

Mandy Fauble, PhD, LCSW

9:25 – 9:55

Kidney Disease & Transplant

Amit D. Tevar, MD, FACS

9:55 – 10:10

Refreshment Break


10:10 – 10:55

Updates in Pancreatic Cancer Surgery

Amer H. Zureikat, MD

11 – 11:30

Accessibility for Disabilities

Matthew Berwick, MA

11:35 – 12:20

Emerging from COVID-19: Lessons Learned and Future Impact

Graham Snyder, MD, MS

12:20 – 1

Lunch and Networking


1 – 1:30

Children’s TiPS (virtual presentation)

Abigail Schlesinger, MD

1:35 – 2:05

Identification and Management of Common Pediatric Illnesses

Robert Burns, MD

2:10 - 2:40

COPD Management

Mihir Buch, DO

2:40 - 2:55

Refreshment Break


2:55 – 3:25

Migraine Treatment in the Era of CGRP medications

Karen Bellini, DO

3:30 – 4

Antibiotic Update

Joseph Welch, PharmD


Closing Remarks, Adjournment


Bayfront Convention Center
1 Sassafras Pier
Erie, PA 16507
United States
+1 (814) 455-1260



In Person at the Bayfront Convention Center at 1 Sassafras Pier, Erie, Pa. 

Registration fees includes the seminar, continental breakfast, refreshment breaks and lunch.


Virtually through Zoom

Registrants will be e-mailed a Zoom link 3 days prior to the conference. Virtual attendees will be able to ask questions using the Q&A function in Zoom.


Attire for the seminar is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures and personal comfort levels vary, it is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the conference.

Special Needs

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs (i.e. gluten free or vegan meal, private room for nursing mothers, handicap accessibility) will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by calling or sending an e-mail to UPMC Hamot’s CME office at HAM_CME@upmc.edu or 814-877-5691.


If attending this conference in person and staying at a hotel, please e-mail espositoh@upmc.edu for a link to our discounted room rates.


Maggie Benson, MD

Division of Internal Medicine

UPMC Hamot

Dr. Mbembo Bongutu

Ben Bongutu, MD

Division of Family Medicine

UPMC Hamot



Karen Bellini, DO

Division of Neurology

UPMC Northshore Neurology


Matthew Berwick, MA

Program Manager

Disability Accommodations in Clinical Services

UPMC Health System


Mihir Buch, DO

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

UPMC Hamot Comprehensive Lung Center


Robert Burns, MD

Division of Pediatrics

UPMC Children's Community Pediatrics


Mandy Fauble, PhD, LCSW

Director of Clinical Care Services

UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Safe Harbor


Matthew Klinge, MD

Division of Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology

UPMC Hamot


Abigail Schlesinger, MD

Medical Director, Ambulatory Integrated Behavioral Health Service

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

Chief, Behavioral Science Division and Children’s Telephonic Psychiatric Services

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh


Graham Snyder, MD, MS

Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology


Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases,

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Amit D. Tevar, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program

Starzl Transplant Institute

Chief of Transplant Surgery

UPMC Hamot


Amer H. Zureikat, MD

Professor of Surgery, Bernard F. Fisher Chair in Surgery

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology

Director of Surgical Oncology

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center


No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.


In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician (CME)

The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The University of Pittsburgh has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 6.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. 

Nursing (CNE)

A maximum of 6.25 nursing contact hours will be awarded. Participants will be able to claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the program.


AAFP credit is pending approval.

Other Healthcare Professionals

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.


Available Credit

  • 6.25 AAPA Category I CME
  • 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 6.25 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 6.25 Attendance




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Please contact the UPMC Hamot CME Department at:  814-877-5691 or e-mail: HAM_CME@UPMC.EDU