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Virtual 121st Annual Convention "A Whole New World" - Friday Lectures

Total Credits: 7 including 7 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s)


Needs Assessment:  The practice of medicine has undergone many rapid changes in the last year. The fragility and vulnerability of the human situation, the global economy, and the limits of medical care are all frequently brought to mind.  New challenges have presented themselves with a frequency not previously encountered by most practicing physicians.  As Osteopathic Physicians, we remain resolute in our unique approach in addressing the needs of the whole person while remaining at the forefront of the practice and art of medicine during these rapidly changing times.


Program Objectives: The 121st Annual Convention of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association is intended to address the rapidly changing landscape of medicine in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Relevant and current topics in medicine will be reviewed, discussed, and updated confirming Osteopathic Medicine's place in modern medicine.


George E. Erbacher, DO, FAOCR Related seminars and products

George Erbacher, DO, FAOCR, graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, MO. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at Rocky Mountain Hospital in Denver, CO then practiced Family Medicine in rural northwest Kansas for 6 years then a Diagnostic Radiology Residency at Tulsa Regional Hospital – now OSU Medical Center, in Tulsa, OK. He subsequently completed an Angiography and Interventional Radiology Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. For over 20 years, he served as the Program Director for either the Radiology Residency Program or the Interventional Radiology Fellowship Program. In 2019, Dr. Erbacher received the American Osteopathic College of Radiology Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves on the ACGME review committee for radiology.

Benjamin N. Abo, DO, PMD, FAW Related seminars and products

Benjamin N. Abo, DO, PMD, FAW, is an emergency medicine physician in Naples, Florida. He received his medical degree from Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine. He specializes in: Emergency Medicine / EMS Education, International EMS system analysis and development, international and clinical medicine humanism and mentorship, airway management, wilderness/austere medicine, toxinology, and venom medicine. He has worked for various TV/movie productions including Shark Week episodes (2017 to present), National Geographic shoots and more.

Phyllis Arthur Related seminars and products

Phyllis Arthur is Vice President for Infectious Diseases and Diagnostics Policy at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO).  In this role Ms. Arthur is responsible for working with member companies in vaccines, antimicrobial resistance, molecular diagnostics and biodefense on policy, legislative and regulatory issues.   


Ms. Arthur joined BIO in July 2009 as the Director of Healthcare Regulatory Affairs.  Prior to joining BIO, she worked in numerous marketing and sales positions for Merck & Co. Inc. in their Vaccine Division.  Over her 16-year career in vaccines, Ms. Arthur launched several exciting new vaccines in the United States and internationally, including the first HPV vaccine, GARDASIL.  During her years in Marketing, she worked closely with clinical and academic thought leaders in infectious diseases, oncology and public health.   In addition, Ms. Arthur also led a large vaccine sales organization of over 75 representatives and managers covering 14 states.


Before graduate school, Ms. Arthur worked as a research assistant for two economists at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.  There she conducted economic analyses related to savings and investment policies for the OECD countries.


Ms. Arthur received her B.A. in 1987 in Economics and International Politics from Goucher College and her M.B.A. in 1991 from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kelly S. Adrezejczk-Beatty, DO Related seminars and products

Dr. Kelly S. Andrzejczyk-Beatty is a board certified psychiatrist currently working at Choctaw Nation Health Services at the McAlester, Oklahoma clinic.  Dr. Andrzejczyk-Beatty earned her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania.  She completed her residency in psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  While there, she served as chief resident during her third year of residency.  Dr. Andrzejczyk-Beatty is involved in medical education for residents and medical students at Choctaw Nation.  She gave presentations at the Choctaw Nation Suicide Awareness Conference, the Pittsburg County Medical Society, the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association Convention and the Indian Health Services Behavioral Health Conference. She is adjunct faculty for OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Andrzejczyk-Beatty is a committee member on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee for Women’s ServicesOutside of work, Dr. Andrzejczyk- Beatty enjoys spending time with and her four sons, Trey, Thomas, Maxwell and Everett.  She is an active member of her community and is involved in women’s organizations such as the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) and Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Beta Iota chapter.

Sarah Coffey, DO Related seminars and products

Sara M. Coffey, DO is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (OSUCHS). Dr. Coffey completed her adult psychiatry residency at the University of Chicago and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Cambridge Health Alliance. During her adult psychiatry training, Dr. Coffey served as the chair of the Public Health Committee for the American Medical Association’s Resident’s Committee. She served as a public psychiatry fellow for the American Psychiatric Association for two years during her psychiatry training. Dr. Coffey has extensive experience working within the public-school system in both
Cambridge, Massachusetts and Tulsa Area Public Schools. Dr. Coffey is a regionally known speaker on the effects of trauma in the classroom and integrated care. Dr. Coffey is currently contracted with the Department of Mental Health to provide technical assistance in the implementation of Oklahoma Health Homes. In this line of work, Dr. Coffey serves as an expert in integrated care models and best practices of integration and collaboration between primary care and behavioral health. Through her partnership with the Department of mental health she has provided on-site consultation to the majority of health homes in Oklahoma and has lectured on both collaborative care models in pediatrics, as well as, preventative care in children. Dr. Coffey serves as a consultant for the Department of Human Services Child Welfare and is a Co-Lead on OSUCHS’s Pediatric Behavioral and Emotional Health ECHO. Additionally, Dr. Coffey serves as the Behavioral Health Medical Director for the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Health Access Network.

Joseph Giaimo, DO, FCCP, FACOI's Profile

Joseph Giaimo, DO, FCCP, FACOI Related seminars and products

Joseph A. Giaimo DO, FCCP, FACOI is an AOA board-certified osteopathic pulmonary physician; a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, and Osteopathic Internist. Board Certified in Internal, Pulmonary, and Sleep Medicine, he is currently President-Elect of the American Osteopathic Association. Dr Giaimo served on the Practicing Physicians Advisory Council for Medicare, which was a Presidential appointment. Dr. Giaimo has completed the AOA Health Policy fellowship.


A member of the AOA since 2000, Dr. Giaimo has served with the AOA in many capacities. He has also served as a representative of Florida, where he was the Physician of the Year for FOMA in 2010, received a Presidential Citation in 2007, served as President of FOMA in 2005, and served as Palm Beach County District President from 1995-1998. He currently is in private practice in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, specializing in Pulmonary, Sleep and Internal Medicine. Dr. Giaimo completed his Residency and Fellowship at UMDNJ/School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey in 1990. Dr. Giaimo also served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1990 - 2002. He was mobilized to serve on various platforms including MOBILE Fleet hospitals, teaching hospitals and various ships—acting as senior medical officer---responsible for Pulmonary and Critical Care. Dr. Giaimo retired after 13 years as Commander in United States Naval Reserve. At the July 2020 AOA Annual Meeting and House of Delegates, Dr. Giaimo was installed as the 2020-2021 President-Elect of the American Osteopathic Association. He most recently was nominated as a Master Fellow for the American College of Osteopathic Internists

Scott Gelfand, PhD, JD Related seminars and products

Scott Gelfand, PhD, JD, is a tenured professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy at Oklahoma State University. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. His research is focused primarily on issues in biomedical ethics and research ethics. Most recently he has written several papers discussing two ethical problems associated with the physician-patient relationship: The Problem of Nudging and Informed Consent and The Problem of the Nocebo Effect.

Donald J. Kyle, PhD Related seminars and products

VP Science & Academic Outreach

Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Donald J.  Kyle, PhD received a BS degree in chemistry from Colorado State University in 1982, then earned a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from Texas Tech University in 1986.  He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 34 years.  His first industrial position was at Nova Pharmaceutical Corporation where he designed and synthesized experimental molecules for treating various CNS diseases including pain and participated in the development of high throughput screening and combinatorial chemistry for drug discovery.  He pioneered structure-based design approaches to novel bradykinin receptor antagonists for pain and asthma, and developed computational tools aimed at the elucidation of protein structure for drug design. 


After holding various scientific leadership positions at several companies, Dr. Kyle joined Purdue Pharma in 1998 to create a new pain research department and pipeline of potential new pain products that did not produce the same unwanted effects as opioids, NSAIDS, or COX-2 inhibitors.  Between 2005 and 2012 his team delivered 5 FDA-approved INDs (Investigational New Drug Applications), several of which proceeded into multiple phase 2 trials.  During his professional tenure, he has investigated many pain-related cellular mechanisms and has conducted extensive research in the opioid field. For the latter, he worked more than 15 years searching for mechanistic pathways to separate analgesia from euphoria and respiratory depression.  In 2016 he was an invited scientific member of joint academia, industry, NIH, brainstorming meetings and working groups tasked to outline science-led solutions to the opioid crisis (ultimately becoming the HEAL initiative).


His scientific accomplishments are reflected in nearly 200 scientific publications, review papers, books and chapters, as well as 95 issued US patents across a wide range of technologies, molecules, therapeutic areas, and commercial products.  He is a reviewer and editorial advisory board member for several peer-reviewed journals and has held several adjunct faculty appointments.  He is currently an executive director at the National Center for Wellness and Recovery at Oklahoma State University.

T. Marc Calvert, JD Related seminars and products

T. Marc Calvert, JD. While at HBU, Mr. Calvert was President of the Pre-Law Society and voted intramural athlete of the year. While at UT, he served as a clerk for the Texas Employment Commission and wrote opinions for the commission appeals department. He joined Edwards and Associates in August of 1987 after having completed a clerkship during the summer of 1986. The firm became Edwards and Calvert when Mr. Calvert became a named partner in 1991. He became board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the field of Personal Injury Trial Law in 1994 and remains re-certified. On September 3, 1996, Calvert & Associates was established. The focus of Mr. Calvert’s practice has been healthcare defense, and over the years he has handled innumerable cases, disputed matters, and appeals. He has conducted thousands of depositions, participated in hundreds of mediations, and several dozen trials. He has represented a multitude of healthcare providers before the medical, nursing, and dental boards. Mr. Calvert has tried and defended cases in both Federal and State Court, in Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Polk, Jefferson, Brazoria, Brazos, Nueces, Orange, Matagorda, Galveston, Tarrant, Hidalgo, Wharton, Jackson, Washington, Jasper, Liberty, Jacinto, and Walker Counties. He has also argued cases before Courts of Appeals. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court in the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of Texas and in the 5th Circuit. In 1998, Mr. Calvert was nominated as a young lawyer of the year by a local district judge. In 1999, he was given an A-V rating from MartindaleHubbell indicating pre-eminent legal skills. In 2010, he was recognized by H-Texas as one of Houston’s “Top Lawyers”. He has given many presentations to healthcare providers and insurance professionals, including continuing education courses. He is one of the contributing authors to the Quick Reference Guide for Health Care Liability Issues and recently finished Doctors and the Board: A Primer on the Texas Medical Board for Texas Doctors. Mr. Calvert and his sweetheart Suzanne were married in 1982 and they have three daughters and a son, and 11 grandchildren.

Sherri Morrison, RN, CPHQ, CHCQM, FAIHQ Related seminars and products

Sherri Morrison, RN, CPHQ, CHCQM, FAIHQ, provides comprehensive risk management services to insureds in MedPro Group’s Southwest Division, which serves Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico. With more than 30 years of nursing and healthcare risk management experience, she will use her wealth of knowledge to provide MedPro Group insureds with progressive solutions to manage their risk. As a tenured risk management consultant, Sherri has worked for medical professional liability carriers assisting healthcare providers with a wide range of risk management needs across many specialties and settings. Additionally, she has provided risk management services for a large hospital system and a large federally qualified ambulatory healthcare system. Sherri received an associate of arts degree in nursing from the College of Southern Maryland (formerly Charles County Community College). She also received a bachelor of science degree in community health education from Texas A&M University. She has multiple certifications in healthcare quality, and she is a Fellow of the American Institute for Healthcare Quality.

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