Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fall Dinner Forum

Dr. Swofford spoke about OB and women's health

The Fall Dinner Forum at Jack's Gourmet Restaurant was an excellent occasion for students to learn about the variety of opportunities in Family Medicine!  There were 18 students in attendance representing all four classes.  The evening kicked-off with a delicious dinner of grilled chicken alfredo or bacon wrapped pork tenderloin.  Dr. Sarah Swofford began the forum speaking about her passion for women's health and the advantages and challenges of incorporating obstetrics into her family practice.  Our department chair, Dr. Steven Zweig, followed with his experiences in geriatrics explaining how working with the aging population can be just a rewarding as bringing a new life into the world.  He also addressed palliative care issues and the new directions within the department regarding palliative care in our hospital.  Sports medicine in family practice was addressed by our guest Dr. Chris Farmer, an MU alum who has worked with the Springfield Cardinals, Missouri State University athletes and has recently joined the Columbia Orthopaedic Group as one of their primary care specialists.  The evening rounded out with Dr. Richelle Koopman speaking on her experiences in clinical research and addressing questions regarding differences in private practice versus academic medicine.  In addition to our speakers, we were also joined by Dr. Amanda Allmon and Dr. Peter Koopman.  Special thanks to all our speakers and the dinner forum committee, Shannon Hutson, Linsey Monaghan, Matt Simmons, and Haley Wolf, for making the evening a great success!

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