Spring Scientific Meeting (POSTPONED)

IMPORTANT NOTICE - 2020 Spring Scientific Meeting POSTPONED

Based on the Governor’s executive orders and the CDC’s recommendations, the 2020 Spring Scientific Meeting on May 14-15, 2020, in Detroit, is officially postponed. We will be waiting to make any decisions regarding rescheduling until after the COVID-19 crisis passes. It seems almost impossible to predict the next 48 hours, let alone the next couple months. Please be assured, when the time is appropriate, we plan to reschedule the meeting. 

If you already made reservations for yourself, you will need to cancel those with the DoubleTree Detroit directly at 313-336-3340.  There will be no cancellation fee if cancelled by May 10, 2020.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Beth Elliott at (517) 336-5789.

9th Annual Spring Scientific Meeting

DoubleTree by Hilton, Dearborn
5801 Southfield Expressway
DetroitMI  48228

*AAFP Credit Pending 


MSMS Members - $135/course
Member staff & Nurses - $135/course
Retired members and YPS - $105/course
Non-members - $185/course
Residents & Students - FREE
*Continental breakfast and lunch provided each day

Thursday, May 14

8:30 to 11:45 am - What's New in Infectious Disease


  1. Explain COVID-19.
  2. Discuss what do we know so far about COVID-19’s clinical presentation.
  3. Discuss the importance in Prescribing PrEP and it's role in ending the HIV epidemic.
  4. Discuss the guide for primary care providers in prescribing PrEP.
  5. Review the emerging syphilis epidemic locally and nationally. 
  6. Describe the reverse algorithm of syphilis serology and treatment of different stages of syphilis. 


Sorabh Dhar, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine


Avnish Sandhu, DO, DMC Harper University Hospital

Combating COVID-19

Shira Heisler, MD, Wayne State University Physician Group

Ending the HIV/STD Syndemic: Update on PrEP and Syphilis

Doctor Dhar

Preventable Infections that are on the Rise 

8:30 to 11:45 am - Contemporary Management of Nephrolithiasis


  1. Analyze the clinical presentation of acute/chronic kidney stones.
  2. Evaluate the indications of medical expulsion therapy versus surgical intervention in the management of acute kidney stone.
  3. Categorize the surgical intervention of kidney stones.
  4. Design the basic metabolic stone workup and kidney stone prevention treatment.


W. Brett Zimmerman, DO, FACS, Interim Chairperson, Osteopathic Surgical Specialties, Associate Professor, Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Director of Trauma and Reconstructive Urology


Colton Prudnick, DO, MSU Health Team

Patient Presentation of Nephrolithiasis

Justin Schultz, DO, Sparrow Health System

Management of Nephrolithiasis

Doctor Zimmerman

Metabolic Workup and Prevention of Nephrolithiasis

12:30 - 3:45 pm - Neuroscience: Central Nervous System and Neuromuscular Junction Inflammatory Disorders


  1. Discuss the new treatment options for multiple sclerosis.

  2. Describe recent advances in autoimmune encephalitis symptoms, autoantibodies and treatment options.

  3. Discuss recent advances in management of myasthenia gravis.

  4. Describe recent advances in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder clinical syndromes, diagnosis criteria and treatment options.

Mirela Cerghet, MD, PhD, FAAN, Henry Ford Hospital


Helena Bulka, MD, Henry Ford Hospital

Updates in Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

Doctor Cerghet  

Mimics Multiple Sclerosis but is a Different Disorder

Kavita Grover, MD, Henry Ford Hospital

Updates in Myasthenia Gravis Treatment   

Anza Memon, MD, Henry Ford Hospital

Autoimmune Encephalitis: Basics and Beyond

4:00 - 5:00 pm - FREE Plenary Session: Medical Ethics – Reclaiming the Borders of Medicine: Futility, Non-Beneficial Treatment, and Physician Autonomy


  1. Describe how to meaningfully and respectfully engage in discussions about the ethical duties of a physician when his/her patient is near the end of life.
  2. Discuss the history and the current legal landscape of medically non-beneficial treatment (futility), palliative care, and hospice care.
  3. Apply a basic framework of case analysis in ethical conflicts of end-of-life decision-making, including determinations of non-beneficial treatment, surrogate decision-makers, informed consent, and informed refusal of treatment.
  4. Describe and strive to embody the ideals of a virtuous physician, including but not limited to: altruism, compassion, empathy, trustworthiness, honesty, integrity, solidarity, and devotion to their patients.


Tyler Gibb, JD, PhD, Co-Chief, Program in Medical Ethics, Humanities & Law, Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Parker Crutchfield, PhD, Associate Professor, Medical Ethics, Humanities & Law, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

5:15 - 7:30 pm - Chronic Disease Management: How to Utilize Outside Resources and Self-Management Education for your Patients


  1. Explain how YMCAs across Michigan are able to help your patients prevent and manage chronic diseases.
  2. Discuss how MDHHS public health is working to scale DPP statewide and how you can increase patient participation in the evidence-based program
  3. Gain peer perspective for successful application of referral to and results from evidence-based lifestyle change programs.


Dara Barrera, Manager, Practice Management & Health Information Technology, Michigan State Medical Society


Jen Nicodemus, Director of Health Innovations, Y Alliance of Michigan

Y Alliance of Michigan Success in Chronic Disease Management

Adrienne Davenport, Public Health Consultant, MDHHS – Diabetes & Kidney Unit

How Michigan is Working to Scale the DPP Statewide


A Physician’s Perspective on the Value of DPP

Friday, May 15

8:30 to 11:45 am - Current Issues in Cardiology


  1. Discuss treatments for carotid artery disease.

  2. Discuss Treating Pulmonary Embolism in Catheterization Lab.


Mansoor A. Qureshi, MD, FACC, St. Joseph Mercy Health System and Michigan Heart


Doctor Qureshi

Aortic Stenosis in 2020

Michael Heidenreich, MD, IHA Vascular & Endovascular Surgery

Treatment of Carotid Artery Disease 

Tanmay Swadia, MD, FACC, St. Joseph Mercy Health System and Michigan Heart

Treating Pulmonary Embolism in Catheterization Lab

8:30 to 11:45 am - Hot Topics in Allergy


  1. Describe which patients may be candidates for desensitization for food allergies.
  2. Formulate a differential diagnosis of the patient with eczema.
  3. Recognize the value and limitations of allergy evaluation in patients with drug allergies, and the role of penicillin skin testing in undoing the label of penicillin allergy.


Cem Akin, MD, Michigan Allergy and Asthma Society


Rajan Ravikumar, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Division of Allergy and Immunology

Drug Allergies: What can a PCP and Allergist do?

Jenny Montejo, MD, Senior Associate Consultant, Mayo Clinic, Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology

Eczema: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment

Malika Gupta, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Division of Allergy and Immunology

What’s New in Food Allergy?


11:55 am - 1:05 pm - FREE 2020 Annual Rhoades Lecture: Human Trafficking in Michigan: What Physicians Need to Know


  1. Describe the types and venues of human trafficking in Michigan.
  2. Discuss how to identify victims of human trafficking in health care settings.
  3. Describe the warning signs of human trafficking in health care settings for adults and minors.
  4. Explain the resources for reporting the suspected victims of human trafficking.


Dana Nessel, Michigan Attorney General

1:15 to 4:30 pm - Updates in Dermatology 2020


  1. Describe the skin changes seen with aging and first-line therapies for treatment and prevention.
  2. Describe management and pitfalls in dermatitis.
  3. Explain the proposed mechanism of action of ingredients found in cosmeceuticals and review their clinical efficacy.

Steven Daveluy, MD, FAAD, Associate Professor and Program Director, Wayne State Dermatology


Doctor Daveluy

Geriatric Dermatology 

Geoffrey Potts, MD, Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director, Wayne State Dermatology

Updates in Dermatitis

Fatima Fahs, MD, Chief Resident, Wayne State University, Department of Dermatology

Over-The-Counter Cosmeceuticals: The Good, The Bad, The Unknown

Statement of Accreditation
The Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The MSMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAFP Credit
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians.  Determination of credit is pending.

MOC Statement
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 16 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit


To register by phone, fax or mail:

  • Telephone: 517-336-5789
  • Fax Registration Form: 517-336-5797
  • Mail Registration Form: MSMS Foundation, 120 W. Saginaw, East Lansing, MI 48823

Cancellation Policy:
A 100% refund of course fees will be provided if the MSMS Foundation is notified by April 16, 2020. The $35 registration fee is non-refundable. No refunds will be given after April 16, 2020; however substitutions are always welcome.



For more information, please contact Beth Elliott or 517-336-5789.

Thank You to Our Exhibitors

  • Advantage Technologies
  • Gilead Sciences
  • MPHI - Electronic Death Registration System 
  • Rehmann
  • The Doctors Company