New Statewide Healthcare Conference Draws Diverse Specialties, Providers

September 12, 2017 

NASHVILLE – The inaugural TriMED Healthcare Education Summit took place at the Music City Center in Nashville Sept. 8-9, with several healthcare organizations partnering to offer one of Tennessee’s largest, most comprehensive medical education events for healthcare professionals.

The event was offered by the American College of Physicians – Tennessee Chapter, Cumberland Pediatric Foundation, Tennessee Department of HealthTennessee Medical Association, Tennessee Psychiatric Association, Tennessee Society of Anesthesiologists, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine – Tennessee Association of Long Term Care Physicians and Tennessee Geriatric Society.  

Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, healthcare executives and administrators, medical students and other healthcare professionals were among the approximately 200 who came to Nashville for the event. Attendees chose from more than 60 hours of diverse continuing education on general healthcare education topics like payment reform, risk management and public health issues, and more specialized breakout sessions for anesthesiology, geriatrics, pediatrics, psychiatry and practice management.

Among the most popular courses was a 2-hour course titled “Prescribing Practices in Tennessee: What Happened and Where we are Headed,” presented by Dr. Michael Baron of the Tennessee Medical Foundation and sponsored by the Tennessee Medical Association. TMA offers the course online or in-person throughout the year as part of its efforts to combat the state’s exploding opioid abuse epidemic, and help physicians and other prescribers satisfy Board of Medical Examiners CME requirements. 

Another of Dr. Baron’s presentations, a luncheon on physician mindfulness and wellness, earned good reviews for addressing the serious and growing problem of burnout among doctors and other healthcare professionals.

“The broad coverage of issues is worthwhile. Do not miss next year’s meeting. Great value and CME,” said Dr. David Gerkin of Knoxville in a Facebook comment.  

For information about the TriMED Healthcare Education Summit, visit