Annual Meeting CME

Saturday, April 6, 9:00-10:00 a.m. 
The State of Illinois' Public Health

Speaker: Sameer Vohra, M.D., J.D., M.A., Director, Illinois Department of Public Health

The public health landscape in Illinois has undergone significant shifts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These developments have brought about many noteworthy challenges and improvements within our public health system. Positive changes that have emerged include increased collaboration across the healthcare system, advancements in technology, enhanced public awareness of public health issues, and improved preparedness. However, many challenges continue to persist, such as chronic healthcare disparities, deficiencies in information management, and the spread of misinformation.

This session will cover the state of public health in Illinois through an examination of its current strengths and weaknesses and teach us how physicians can utilize this information to build a better, more sustainable public health infrastructure.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the current strengths and challenges of local, state, and national public health systems as Illinois writes new chapters in the story of public health
  2. Discuss the public health and health care delivery lessons we continue to learn as the State of Illinois recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. Identify a unified vision for health building a bridge between the public health and healthcare delivery systems
  4. Summarize the investments being made in Illinois to build a sustained public health infrastructure

Saturday, April 6, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 
Will ChatGPT replace me? The Promise and Perils of AI in Clinical Medicine

Speaker: Abel Kho, M.D., Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) have seen AI go from a possibility to a reality for many industries, including healthcare. The practice of clinical medicine has unique considerations which must be considered to safely adopt new technologies.  

This session will describe how advances in AI are being applied to medicine, illustrate promising current and future use cases, and explore notable challenges that must be overcome to ensure the safe and responsible use of AI in medicine.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand current applications of AI to the practice of medicine
  2. Identify challenges and considerations to use of AI in clinical practice
  3. Outline promising future directions for responsible use of AI in medicine

Saturday, April 6, 3:15-4:15 p.m. 
Physician Leadership: Pearls and Pitfalls

Speaker: Karen J.Nichols, D.O., M.A., MACOI, FACP, CS-F

This session will provide attendees with framework for the concept of “leadership” as a series of interconnected factors that must be considered to lead successfully. Concepts such as situational leadership, communication styles, and emotional intelligence will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how followers’ readiness and situational favorability influence the best leadership style for the situation at hand
  2. Describe how the physician’s communication approach in patient care, differs from the physician's communication approach in leadership situations
  3. List the 4 components of emotional

The Illinois State Medical Society designates each of these live activities for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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