Fortunate circumstances brought together Dr. Robert Jackson from PSN and Dr. Richard Brasington, Professor of Medicine from Washington University School of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology at a recent St Louis Rheumatology Association meeting.
The American College of Rheumatology has an annual scientific meeting where the clinical results from the year are presented. The improved patient outcomes from the research need to filter down to practicing rheumatologist in the field.
It turns out, Dr. Brasington has a weekend home near Tecumseh and Dr. Jackson is familiar with the local resort named Dawt Mill. A plan was made to have a CME symposium of clinical research outcomes in the spring.
Dr. Brasington and two of his former trainees, now faculty, Alfred Kim, M.D., Ph.D. and Jonathan Miner, M.D., Ph.D. plus Anne Winkler, M.D., Ph.D., PSN physician, also joined as presenters at the conference.
Dawt Mill provided a natural backdrop to Dr. Brasington’s combined love of rheumatology and fishing. Having the conference at a natural location brought home the reality of practice life outside of an academic center. After the conference, fishing stories were shared over a nice dinner and entertainment at Dawt Mill.
Dr. Miner’s presentation on the Chikgunya virus was cutting edge, straight from the newspapers, when he relayed that the lab is also working on the Zika virus.
The unanimous conclusion was to have the conference again next year.