Medical Alumni Symposium: 2021 Program

October 2, 2021

8:30 a.m. - Welcome & Opening Remarks - April Troy, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P. '02

Executive Committee Chair, Medical Alumni Council
General Pediatrician, Pediatrics of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Assistant Clinical Professor, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

8:40 a.m. - Patrick Donnelly, D.M.D., Ph.D. '09

    Cipriani Dental Associates; Newtown, PA
    TOPIC: Treating the Whole Patient: Where Medicine & Dentistry Converge

9:35 a.m. - Scranton Short - Caring for the Caregiver: Julie Krcmaric '07

9:45 a.m. - Kevin Brazill, D.O., F.A.P.A. '95

   Medical Director, John D Kelly Mental Health Clinic
   Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital; Finger Lakes Health; Penn Yan, New York
   TOPIC: Managing Anxiety in the Clinical Office Setting: Improving Comfort & Outcomes at Routine Medical & Dental Visits

10:40 a.m. - Scranton Short - COVID Medical Education: Jacob Shomali '22

10:50 a.m. - Panel Discussion 

Melissa Edwards, M.D., M.H.A. '20
MDvSystem Serviceline Director of Women's Health, PeaceHealth

Christopher Jones, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.H.P.M. '02
Palliative Medicine Specialist, Duke Health

Thomas Langan, Jr., D.M.D., M.S. '09
Periodontist, Perio Health and Dental Implants
President, Scranton District Dental Society

Joseph Mastroianni, V.M.D., '14
Veterinarian, Wallenpaupack Veterinary Clinic

Pamela Taffera-Deihl, D.O., M.B.A., '02
Hospitalist and System Medical Director, Patient Logistics and Transfer Center, WellSpan Health, York, PA
TOPIC: The US Healthcare Reemergence from COVID-19: Strategies from the Storm

12:20 p.m. - Lunch

1:00 p.m. - Mentoring Sessions with Alumni Participants and Students

1:50 p.m. - Scranton Short -  Eyecare for Children: Angela Croteau Marx, O.D. '07

2:00 p.m. - Scott Peslak, M.D., Ph.D. '06

    Instructor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Pennsylvania
    TOPIC: Novel Therapeutic Approaches & Patient-directed care in Sickle Cell Disease- Past, Present, & Future

2:55 p.m. - Scranton Short - Student Research: Kate Musto '20, Sara Wierbowski '19, Christopher Kustera '15

3:05 p.m. - John Mercuri, M.D., M.A. Bioethics '07

            Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction, Geisinger Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

    TOPIC: Ethics, Policy, & Orthopedic Surgery

4:00 p.m. - Farewell - Joseph Butash, M.D. '07

Incoming Chair, Executive Committee, Medical Alumni Council
Emergency Medicine
St. Luke's University Health Network

*Schedule of activities is subject to change.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Penn State College of Medicine and the University of Scranton. Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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