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Botsford Hospital Sponsors Primary Care Symposium

The annual event helps primary care physicians and others keep up on the latest in specialized medicine.

No doctor can know everything about all medical specialties. Keeping up with endless new medical findings could be a full-time job.

in Farmington Hills annually helps doctors and other medical professionals know the latest, best practices for most of their patients' personal medical issues. 

More than 325 primary care physicians, internists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses from Michigan, Canada and seven other states attended the Symposium for Primary Care Medicine, a two-day event held in November at the . Sponsored by Botsford, the symposium 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," said 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. 
 
"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," he said. "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. Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine was a symposium co-sponsor. Next year's symposium is planned for Nov. 2-3, 2012. 

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