Another successful day of Preventive Medicine 2024 has come to a close, which means the over 600 registrants will soon return home. To those who presented during the conference, be it a poster, concurrent presentation or plenary session, you have been an integral part of the event’s success. Your passion, expertise and commitment to preventive medicine are truly inspiring and serve as the driving force behind ACPM’s mission.

The day began with a riveting discussion on Industry Leadership in Medicine and Public Health. Top executives offered valuable insight into private industry and its intersection with global population health efforts in both clinical medicine and public health. ACPM President, Dr. Mirza Rahman moderated a discussion between Dr. Paul Aitken, Chief of Population Health and Dean for Clinical Integration at Stony Brook Medicine, Dr. Douglas Fridsma, Chief Medical Information Officer at Health Universe, Dr. Alefiyah Mesiwala, Former Chief Medical Officer, Humana Military and Dr. Michael Ybarra, Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer at PhRMA. Each of these experts offered rich advice for seeking a career in their various fields and provided useful sound bites to make the session memorable.

Other discussions on hot and timely topics in healthcare, including Artificial Intelligence and Global Health Across the Career Spectrum, had the hotel buzzing with a variety of enriching workshops and sessions to continue skill-building, collaboration, and the exchange of best practices. Meanwhile, another Special Interest Group launched, focusing on Global Health bringing together young residents and seasoned experts who shared their experiences and practical guidance on international careers in public health.

Dr. Dean Ornish enthralled a crowd of interested medical students and attendees, with his presentation A Unifying Theory of Lifestyle Medicine, sharing experiences leading clinical research for over 45 years and proving intensive lifestyle changes often reverses the progression of common and costly chronic diseases.

The variety of opportunities for engagement and education continue to advance evidence-based approaches to preventive medicine and public health. ACPM members had the opportunity to explore committee meetings to experience how the College governs itself. And, medical students and residents had an opportunity to hear from members of the College to learn about their career paths and the benefits of a medical career in preventive medicine.

Attendees also received updates from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) where Dr. Sherry Mills, Co-Founder of Learn eCore moderated a session with speakers from both the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Alison Evans Cuellar, chair of the Community Preventive Services Task Force, Dr. Gayle Langley, Team Lead for the CDC Systematic Review Science Team, Dr. Wanda Nicholson, Chair of the USPSTF, and Tracy Wolff, Scientific Director of the USPSTF engaged in discussions with the audience following key updates in important clinical and community recommendations.

It is truly a treat to watch so many new relationships blossom as residents, members and medical students enjoy the various activities and festivities of the annual conference, particularly the Resident and Medical Student’s Reception. Invaluable networking opportunities and reunions among old friends and new colleagues continues to give me hope for the future of the specialty. While our time together may be over tomorrow, ACPM has once again created a space for learning, knowledge exchange, and camaraderie aimed at improving health for all.

To learn more, visit here and follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #PM2024.

Wishing you an enjoyable final day in Washington, D.C.,

Donna Grande, MGA
CEO of the American College of Preventive Medicine
Sponsored By:
Back to news listing