Dr. Barry Ramo converses with Brooke Linthicum of Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, left, and Barbara Gomez of Frontier Medical during a medical conference at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center, Friday. (Mark Wilson Photo)
The 2011 Southern New Mexico Medical Conference offered medical professionals a top-notch conference close to home Friday morning at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center.
Educational lectures were the goal of the event, said Barbara Gomez, director of marketing and event coordinator for Frontier Medical, which co-sponsored the conference with Eastern New Mexico Medical Center.
“We wanted to do a top-notch, informative talk where people could come and really get something out of it,” Gomez said. “Doctors and nurses have to have a certain number of educational units a year to hold up their license. We’re trying to provide an event for them to do that without leaving Roswell.”
Dr. Barry Ramo, director of electrophysiology service at the University of New Mexico, delivered the keynote address focusing on the epidemiology of heart failure. Using patient examples, Ramo talked the audience through different scenarios, emphasizing various learning objectives for studying heart failure in older patients, such as better managing the risk of hospital discharge readmission.
“I’m very interested in the whole idea of the aging population and why they develop heart failure,” he said.
Other talks ranged in topics from advances in wound care to robotics in gynecology.
Pharmaceutical representatives also attended the event. “I wanted to focus on bringing in [pharmaceutical] representatives that could speak the doctors language,” Gomez said. “They talk like a doctor does, they understand the drugs the doctors use and what nurses use. I didn’t want it to be just a health conference for seeing your usual home health agencies. It’s not for the public — it’s for a different professional group of people.”