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Botsford Helps Doctors Stay Up-to-Date

Farmington Hills, Mich. (December 13, 2011)---No doctor can know everything about all medical specialties. Keeping up with endless new medical findings could be a full-time job. Yet, don't you want your primary care doctor to know the latest best practices for most of your personal medical issues? This is exactly why Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan, annually sponsors the Symposium for Primary Care Medicine, a two-day event held in November at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel. More than 325 primary care physicians, internists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses from Michigan, Canada and seven other states attended the symposium, which is in its 28th year. 
 
Nineteen noted specialists shared their expertise on addiction, arthritis, atrial fibrillation, depression, hematological malignancies such as leukemia, leg and back pain, lung and breast cancers, mild cognitive impairment (often the transitional stage between normal aging and dementia), movement disorders like Parkinson's disease, noninvasive cardiac treatments, nutrition, osteoporosis, pain injections, preoperative preparation, and urologic disorders in men and women. All were topics relevant to the day-to-day primary care practice. 
 
"The focus of this Symposium is to deliver a state-of-the-art, high-quality educational program to the true leaders in health care, the primary care physician," says Andrew Cykiert, D.O., an internist and director of continuing medical education at Botsford and assistant clinical professor at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. 
 
Dr. Cykiert continues, "We have seen attendance grow every year, reaching out to practicing physicians, retired physicians, and other health care providers like physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Our speakers are some of the finest lecturers in the country, and post-course evaluations are high ranking. This program allows for local and regional physicians to obtain quality continuing education credits close to their homes." 
 
The American Osteopathic Association and the Michigan State Medical Society have accredited Botsford Hospital to offer continuing medical education. D.O.s, MDs and RNs earned required continuing medical education credits. Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine was a symposium co-sponsor. Next year's symposium is planned for November 2-3, 2012. 
 
PHOTO CAPTION: This year's Symposium for Primary Care Medicine, co-sponsored by Botsford Hospital, drew more than 325 participants at the two-day event in Novi.

Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.

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