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June 14, 2018 - USA Medical Alumni Association Hosts 2018 Reunion Weekend
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18USAMAA101wc.jpgThe University of South Alabama Medical Alumni Association hosted its annual Alumni Reunion Weekend June 8-10, 2018, in Pensacola Beach, Fla.

The event gave USA medical alumni a chance to reconnect with classmates, colleagues and faculty, as well as the opportunity to earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. This year's reunion honored the classes of 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013.

Professor and chair of pediatrics at the USA College of Medicine, Dr. David Gremse (COM '83) received the 2018 Distinguished Medical Alumni Award.

Numerous USA alumni and faculty members presented during the weekend.

On Friday, Dr. Gordon Deen (COM '78) presented "Spine Surgery in the Year 2050: Will it be Done by Robots?"; Dr. Gremse presented "Recent Developments in Brief: Resolved Unexplained Events in Infants"; Dr. Edward Panacek (COM '78), professor and chair of emergency medicine at the USA College of Medicine, presented "Sepsis in the Time of CMS"; and Dr. John Sinnot (COM '78) presented "Art and Medicine: Diagnosing the Canvas."

On Saturday, Dr. Lisa Spiryda, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the USA College of Medicine, presented "Pap Tests, HPV and Cervical Cancer Screening: Are the Current Recommendations Being Dictated by Insurance Companies or Evidence-Based Medicine?"; Dr. Russell Goode (COM '10) presented "Hip Fractures: The Geriatric Game-changer"; and Dr. Franklin Trimm, associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the USA College of Medicine and assistant vice president for medical affairs at USA Health, presented "Why Diversity Matters in Healthcare"; Dr. Druhan Howell (COM '03) presented "Mythbusters: Allergy Edition"; and Dr. Mike Hennigan (COM '82) presented "Diabetes for the 21st Century: Technology, Medication, and Mentoring."

On Sunday, Dr. Sabrina Bessette (COM '03), assistant professor of internal medicine at the USA College of Medicine, presented "Primary Care and Chronic Kidney Disease"; and Dr. Natalie Fox, director of nursing for USA Physicians Group, presented "Implementing Team-Based Care to Achieve the Quadruple Aim - Improved Patient Care, Better Outcomes, Lower Cost and Clinician Wellness."

Check out more photos from Alumni Reunion Weekend on Flickr.

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