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    MAC Symposium Premieres Virtually

    April Troy, M.D. M.P.H., F.A.A.P. ’02, then-chair of the MAC Executive Committee, shares a moment with Joseph Butash, M.D.’07, then-chair-elect of the MAC Executive Committee, at a recording session for the 2021 MAC Symposium.
    October 6, 2021

    The University of Scranton held the 2021 Medical Alumni Council (MAC) Symposium virtually Oct. 2.

    The day-long event featured presentations on a variety of CME topics from accomplished alumni as well as a panel discussion from members of the MAC. The symposium in its entirety will premiere on The Alumni Society’s YouTube channel soon; check future installments of Royal News for a link to the full conference.

    The symposium featured the following alumni presentations:

    “Treating the Whole Patient: Where Medicine & Dentistry Converge” by Patrick Donnelly, D.M.D., Ph.D. ’09, general dentist, Cipriani Dental Associates

    “Managing Anxiety in the Clinical Office Setting: Improving Comfort & Outcomes at Routine Medical & Dental Visits” by Kevin Brazill, D.O., F.A.P.A. ’95, medical director, John D. Kelly Mental Health Clinic, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Finger Lakes Health

    “Novel Therapeutic Approaches & Patient-directed Care in Sickle Cell Disease: Past, Present, & Future” by Scott Peslak, M.D., Ph.D. ’06, instructor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Pennsylvania

    “Ethics, Policy, & Orthopedic Surgery” by John Mercuri, M.D., M.A. Bioethics ’07, adult hip and knee reconstruction, Geisinger Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

    The symposium also included “Scranton Shorts” videos designed to give viewers a peek into a specific area of medicine or research. Presentations included “Pediatric Eye Care With Angela Croteau Marx, O.D. '07,” “Medical Parenting in a Pandemic with Julie Krcmaric, M.A., N.C.C. '07,” “Summer Neuroscience Research Experience: Oxytocin & Heroin Addiction with Jacob Shomali '22,” and “Covid & Medical Training: The New Abnormal with Christopher Kustera '15, G'17, Kate Musto '20, and Sara Wierbowski '19.

    The event also featured opening remarks by April Troy, M.D. M.P.H., F.A.A.P. ’02, a general pediatrician at Pediatrics of Northeastern Pennsylvania and an assistant clinical professor at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Troy’s introduction completed her term of service as the MAC’s executive committee chair, and she transitioned to the position of immediate past chair. Joseph Butash, M.D.’07, an emergency medicine physician at St. Luke’s University Health Network, delivered the symposium’s farewell address as his first act as chair of the MAC’s executive committee.

    For more information on the MAC, visit this link.

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