Session Descriptions

Thursday, January 24, 2019

12 - 5 p.m.


1 - 2 p.m.

Glyphosate: The Secret Ingredient Behind The Rising Gut Micro-biome Disruption, Systemic Inflammation Affecting Neuroendocrine, Immune and Metabolic Systems
Shanhong Lu, MD, PhD; Mt Shasta Integrative Medicine

For the past 20 years, health care professionals from many disciplines are seeing an alarming increase in chronic diseases, particularly involving younger generations.  This workshop intends to begin with the discovery of the micro biomes in the human digestive tract and the both local and systemic effects of this powerful ecosystem within each of us on our body and mind.  The question about who is killing our micro biome will be discussed and its disease mechanisms will be explored.  A clinical practical stepwise approach will be discussed with attendees in regard to how to select  appropriate patients, how to detect and detox and followup with these patients.  

2 - 3 p.m.

How to Build Your Practice's Social Presence
Kristin Parker; Lexicon + Co.

There is no marketing tool that is more powerful than a great relationship. Social Media is a powerful tool that can increase your bandwidth, allowing you to increase your practice’s brand awareness, strengthen loyalty with existing patients, and generate a buzz about the good things happening in your practice every single day. Learn how to properly plan, engage, enhance, and evaluate your practice’s social media program. The return on your investment will be healthy growth as a result of your meaningful online interactions, and ultimately, the long-term success of your practice. 

3 - 3:15 p.m.

Refreshment Break  

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Resurgence of Measles and Mumps
Katarina Lindley, DO; Eagle Medical Center

This presentation will give an overview of the current data on infective rates in the U.S. and increase in cases.  In addition, the speaker will discuss the correlation with the anti-vaccination movement and travel from other countries.  Finally, the speaker will discuss current diagnosis and treatment options available. 

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.,

Medical Cannabis in Texas
Matthew Atwood; LoneStar Life Sciences

There seems to be more misinformation than information about medical cannabis in the LoneStar State.  In this presentation, you will learn the basics in cannabinoid science, the political push-back, and the difference between what you think you know and what you should know. After this presentation, you will have a better knowledge base to make more of an educated decision on your own personal and professional stance on this controversial topic. 

5:15 - 6:15 p.m.

Reversing Diabetic Neuropathy
Stephen Dalton, DO; Lubbock Integrative Medical Center

This presentation will discuss the scientific evidence from the U.S. on the reversal of neuropathy and regrowing of nerves.


Friday, January 25, 2019

7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.


7 - 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8 - 9 a.m.

Texas Medical Board  - 2019 Update (Ethics Credit)
Stephen Brint Carlton, JD; Texas Medical Board

This presentation will provide an update on board licensure and enforcement processes and statistics as well as key board rules to be aware of.

9 - 10 a.m.

Weight Loss Diets
Heather Aguirre, DO

According to the 2015 - 2020 Dietary Guidelines report, 50% of American adults have one or more preventable chronic diseases, many that are related to poor quality eating patterns and physical inactivity. Approximately two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and youths are overweight and obese. Obesity is one of the biggest threats to health and longevity. Physicians are required to talk about weight loss and nutrition. However, where do we start when there are so many diets to choose from? Does one diet work for everyone? This lecture is intended to provide an overview of the basic building blocks of nutrition and how these make up some of the most popular diets in the market.

10 - 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

A Review of the Management of Anxiety in the Primary Care Setting
Lori Kels, MD, MPH; University of the Incarnate Word

Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric condition presenting to primary care practitioners. Patients with anxiety disorders experience a decreased quality of life and benefit tremendously from effective management of their condition. This session will review the diagnosis and management of anxiety disorders in the primary care setting.

11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Common Skin Issues
Rick Lin, DO; Dermatology Clinic of McAllen

This session will provide an overview of various dermatology conditions for physicians practicing in primary care fields.

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Rheumatologic Laboratory Tests
Lt. Col. Erica Hill, DO, FACP, FACR; US Air Force, Medical Corps

Rheumatologic laboratory tests are commonly ordered by physicians.  A positive test is rarely diagnostic of a specific disease and must be interpreted in the appropriate clinical context.  This session will highlight the diagnostic utility and clinical significance of commonly ordered rheumatologic laboratory tests.  

3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

3:45 - 5 p.m.

Antibiotic Resistance/Stewardship
Carl Vartian, MD; HCA Gulf Coast Division

This presentation will review the hazards associated with the overuse of antibiotic agents. The speaker will define the role of antimicrobial stewardship in ambulatory and inpatient settings and how it may mitigate these risks.

5 - 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

Saturday, January 26, 2019

7 a.m. - 6 p.m.


7 - 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8 - 9 a.m.

Immunotherapy in Lung Cancer
Theodore Pollock, DO; Cancer Treatment Centers of America

This presentation will provide an update on advancements in immunotherapy options for lung cancer patients.

9 - 10 a.m.

Advancements in GI
Monte Troutman, DO; UNT Health Sciences Center

This presentation will provide an update on Hepatitis C screening.  In addition, the speaker will discuss new colorectal cancer screening and quality measures. Finally, the speaker will present the new GI "toys."

9 - 11:30 a.m.

Student/Resident Poster Session Contest

10 - 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.


"Dazed and Confused" Contemporary Recognition and Management of Sports Related Concussions
Paul Saenz, DO; Sports Medicine Associates

During this presentation, the speaker will familiarize the audience with pathophysiology of sports related concussions; will present common signs and symptoms of sports related concussions; and to present contemporary management of sports related concussions.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Town Hall Meeting/Legislative Update and Luncheon
  General Workshop Student Workshop

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

OMT Without a Table
Sajid Surve, DO; UNTHSC-TCOM

Participants will learn simple, effective techniques which can be done from a seated position, as well as how to document and bill for OMT done in the office setting.

Suturing, Single Use Simulators & Casting
Thomas Shima, DO; Methodist Charlton Family Medicine

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Ask a Radiologist
Adam Ratner, MD; University of the Incarnate Word

This program will be an open forum where participants can ask questions and discuss clinical and operational issues affecting ordering physicians and patients with respect to medical imaging/radiological services. 

OMT Without a Table
Sajid Surve, DO; UNTHSC-TCOM

Participants will learn simple, effective techniques which can be done from a seated position, as well as how to document and bill for OMT done in the office setting.

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break  

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Texas Medical Foundation (TMF) Update
Tom Manley and Russell Kohl, MD; Texas Medical Foundation

This session will provide an overview of current and prospective Quality Improvement efforts across our region. Mr. Tom Manley, CEO of TMF Health Quality Institute, will discuss current governmental perspectives on quality improvement and how these affect TMF efforts. Dr. Russell Kohl, TMF’s Chief Medical Officer, will share highlights of TMF learnings over the past year and provide an overview of upcoming projects in which Texas physicians may wish to participate. 

5 - 6 p.m.

Mentor Reception

6:30 p.m

  • Women's Physician Dinner
  • TCOM Alumni Happy Hour

Sunday, January 27, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.


7:30 - 8:30 a.m.


8 - 9 a.m.


How to Thrive Not Just Survive in a Changing Healthcare Environment
Reed Tinsley, CPA

Times are changing and so should physician medical practices. Constant Medicare changes, healthcare reform, integration competition, ACOs, and continued attacks on reimbursement are just a few of the many issues now facing physicians. To survive in this ever changing healthcare environment, physicians need to adopt strategies to deal with it head on. This presentation will provide an overview of the changes now occurring in the healthcare marketplace and how any medical practice can create tactics to address them.

9 - 10 a.m.

Xiphoidalgia Osteopathic Diagnosis with Surgical Management
Albert Yurvati, DO, PhD, FACOS, FICS, FAHA; UNT Health Science Center 

During this lecture, the speaker will discuss the presentations of xiphoidalgia to the primary care physician as well as discuss the osteopathic approach to diagnosing xipoidalgia. In addition, the speaker will present the world's largest series of xiphoid resections with analysis of outcomes.

10 - 10:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break  

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

How Health Sciences Libraries Can Contribute to the Practicing Physician (Risk Mgmt Credit)
Darell Schmick, MLS; University of the Incarnate Word

This presentation will inform physicians about the resources they may have available to them and their patients through the health sciences libraries across Texas.  Resources freely available from the National Library of Medicine will also be discussed.  Libraries as it relates to the greater topic of risk management will be discussed as well.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

The Top 15 Things that Get You in Trouble with Your Board (Ethics/Risk Mgmt Credit)
Jeff McDonald, JD and Jon Porter, JD; McDonald Mackay Porter & Weitz, LLP

This interactive session will review the legal and ethical issues that physicians face in their practice and that can cause issues with the Texas Medical Board (TMB). The speakers will discuss proactive steps that can be taken to avoid these issues.

12:15 p.m.



The Texas Osteopathic Medical Association is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. 

The Texas Osteopathic Medical Association designates this program for a maximum of 21.5 AOA Category 1-A credits* and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician's participation in this activity. 

*Includes attendance to all lectures/workshops and meals.