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Local family physician attends national medical education conference

Monday, October 9, 2000

James A. Gamache, MD, from Storm Lake, recently attended the 52nd Annual Scientific Assembly of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

The meeting was held Sept. 20 - 24 in Dallas, Texas, with more than 5,000 physicians from across the country attending the continuing medical education meeting.

Gamache heard renowned speakers present up-to-the-minute information on a broad range of health topics.

Gamache also had an opportunity to attend numerous educational forums. These forums covered hundreds of health care topics specifically designed to keep family physicians abreast of the latest advances in medicine.

Subjects covered in this five-day scientific session were very important to family physicians who strive to provide optimum health care to their patients. Some of this year's topics included obesity, evidence-based medicine, media violence, geriatrics, alternative medicines, food-borne problems, prenatal care, heart disease in children and adolescents and many others.

Gamache could earn up to 47.5 hours of continuing medical education at this year's Assembly, making this one of the largest medical education meetings held for family physicians.

Headquartered in Leawood, Kan., the 89,400-member AAFP is the national medical association representing family physicians, family practice residents and medical students from across the country. Members of the AAFP must complete a minimum of 150 hours of accredited continuing medical education every three years.

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