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Annual Clinic Day for Physicians
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Event Theme Is 'Geriatrics: Unique Care Needs of an Aging Population

Pontiac, Mich.- St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) will host its 54th annual Allen Silbergleit MD, Clinic Day for physicians on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at the hospital's Franco Communications Center, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac. The day will begin with registration and continental breakfast at 7:15 a.m. Theme for this year's Clinic Day is "Geriatrics: Unique Care Needs of an Aging Population."

Clinic Day is named in honor of Dr. Silbergleit, SJMO's program director emeritus, Department of Surgery, and chair, Division of General Surgery. He also is a member of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

In 2005, SJMO renamed the annual Clinic Day program in honor of Dr. Silbergleit, long-serving chair of the Clinic Day committee and 40-year tenure director of the Surgery Residency program. For his accomplishments in graduate medical education, Dr. Silbergleit was awarded the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Speakers include:

  • William F. Armstrong, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director, Adult Echocardiography Laboratory at the University of Michigan (U-M), will speak on "Cardiology: Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderly." Dr. Armstrong specializes in Cardiology. He holds a medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and pursued studies in Cardiovascular Diseases at Indianan University, where he remained on the faculty until becoming Director of the U-M Echocardiography Laboratory. He has held national leadership positions within the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography.
  • Seemant Chaturvedi, MD, FAHA, FAAN, SJMO vascular neurologist and Director of the hospital's Michigan Stroke Network, will address the topic: "Neurology: Challenging Neurological Disorders in the Elderly." Dr. Chaturvedi is professor of Neurology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and Director of the WSU/Detroit Medical Center Comprehensive Stroke Program. He earned his medical degree at the University of Connecticut and completed a neurology residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and a stroke fellowship at the University of Western Ontario.
  • William H. Thomas, MD, Professor and Distinguished Fellow at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Erickson School, will speak on "Geriatric Problems in the Emergency Department." Dr. Thomas, who earned his medical degree at the Harvard Medical School, is the founder and president of The Eden Alternative, a global nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of care and quality of life for people living in long-term care facilities; founder and president of The Center for Growing and Becoming, a nonprofit research group that develops and tests new approaches to the challenges posed by aging and longevity; and founder of the Green House Project, which creates small, intentional communities for groups of older adults and staff to focus on living full and vibrant lives. He also is Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine.
  • Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, MD, will address the topic: "Symptom Management and End of Life." Dr. Sheehan is Clinical Professor of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Illinois. He earned his medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire, master's degree at Loyola University Chicago and Master of Divinity degree at the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass. He completed an internship and residencies at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and is a fellow of the Harvard Geriatric Fellowship Program. Board certified, Dr. Sheehan has held several academic and hospital appointments, is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and participated in research studies. He has considerable teaching experience, has published extensively and has given many presentations.

Usman Master, MD, Chair of the SJMO Department of Medicine, will chair the gathering. The program also includes SJMO President and CEO Jack Weiner, SJMO Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs Don Bignotti, MD, and SJMO Chief of Staff Nitin C. Doshi, MD.

Ann Suziedelis, SJMO Vice President of Mission and Ethics, will give the reflection.

SJMO Clinic Day committee members include Dr. Silbergleit; Dr. Master; Frank Bagnasco, MD, Chair of the Continuing Medical Education Committee; Benjamin Diaczok, MD, Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency; Mary Jo Malafa, MD, Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine; Kenneth Richter, DO, Director of Osteopathic Medical Education; Stanley Dorfman, MD, Director of Medical Education; and Karen Parrott, Continuing Medical Education Coordinator.

The event is supported in part by The Helen Castle Booster Fund and the SJMO Medical Staff.

Luncheon will be served following the presentations.

Physicians interested in attending should register by contacting Karen Parrott by phone at 248-858-6225 or by email:

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, an organization accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The education activity meets the criteria for a maximum of (4.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.