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Preventive Medicine 2004 to feature research findings on disease prevention and health promotion

Premier meeting on preventive medicine scheduled for Orlando, February 18-22

American College of Preventive Medicine

New research findings and state-of-the-art presentations and symposiums on prevention highlight the program for Preventive Medicine 2004, the premier meeting held annually for physicians and other healthcare professionals with an interest in preventive medicine. The forum serves as the annual meeting for the Washington, D.C.-based American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), a national professional society for physicians dedicated to disease prevention and health promotion.

Scheduled for February 18-22 in Orlando, Preventive Medicine 2004 will attract nearly 1,000 physicians and other health care professionals. The meeting will be held at the Caribe Royale All-Suites Resort and Convention Center.

State-of-the-art plenary sessions will focus on adolescent obesity, national quarantine policy, patient safety and the future of Medicare.

Topics to be discussed during the meeting will fall into four major areas: public health practice, clinical preventive medicine, healthcare quality improvement, and prevention policy issues.

The conference will address a wide variety of timely preventive medicine issues, including patient safety, women's health, childhood obesity, smoke-free policies, vaccine safety, cancer screening, adolescent preventive services, smallpox immunization, travel medicine, asthma prevention, disease management, and many, many more important issues.

Selected highlights of the meeting include:

  • Dan Crippen, PhD, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, discussing the future of Medicare and prevention, including implications of the new Medicare reform legislation;

  • Jack Lewin, MD, CEO of the California Medical Association, addressing the narrowing gap between organized medicine and preventive medicine

Another highlight of the meeting will take place when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and CDC-sponsored Task Force on Community Preventive Services update meeting registrants on its most recent preventive health recommendations.

In addition to the formal plenary and concurrent sessions, original research oral presentations, and new research poster presentations, the meeting will feature an exhibit hall where registrants can learn about products and services designed for application in preventive medicine and health promotion. There will be an awards banquet at which members of the College will recognize their peers for professional achievement, career advancement sessions, and social events to provide networking opportunities.

Detailed information about Preventive Medicine 2004 can be found on the ACPM web site at


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