Attending the Conference known as Optimal Management of HIV and Hepatitis this weekend is one of my favorite things to do every Spring. There are usually about 300 Providers, including Pharmacists, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Doctors. It’s a great review of all the conferences that occurred over the last year. The speakers are from well-known universities who do a lot of research. The speakers themselves have been involved not only in research but in the clinical care of patients with both HIV and Hepatitis. My favorite is Marion Peters, MD from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is been working and Hepatitis B for many years. I met her in 2003 while working for Gilead. We were launching a drug known as Adefovir. She was a Key Opinion Leader and a very important part of getting the information out about this new medication.
Having the chance to see friends from the last 27 years, brought me great joy. Having seen these people progress in their careers and continue to care for patients with HIV and Hepatitis is very motivating. We shared meals had a chance to catch up on what was happening in each other’s lives. Dr. Charlie Flexner, MD has attended all 27 conferences and hasn’t aged at all. He is a Pharmacologist as well, maybe he has found something to keep him young. His lectures are always very educational.
This week, there are lectures scheduled in Kissimmee, Winter Park, and Jensen Beach. I get the chance to present the data for hepatitis C to 3 different groups of Providers. This is a favorite part of my job. I’m grateful for all the opportunities to care for people and educate other Doctors.
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