FSPMR - Florida Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2019
Annual Meeting and Conference


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Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Annual Meeting, Conference & Tradeshow

July 18-21, 2019
The Diplomat Beach Resort Hotel, Hollywood, FL



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President's Message
Craig Lichtblau MD

First, thank you for putting your trust in me and electing me President of the Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (FSPMR), 2018 – 2020. I look forward to serving the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) community and working with the new board members. You will find your new Board of Directors later in this issue.

Of current importance to our members and to all physiatrists in Florida, is an additional requirement for pain clinics to remain exempt from registration. Even though our specialty is one of four exempted by statute (FS 458.3265, 2012, exempting PM&R, anesthesiology, neurology, and rheumatology from registration) the Florida Department of Health and the Board of Medicine is developing a form which will now have to be completed in order to maintain exemption. This is due to 2018 FS 456.0301. More about this in a summary in this issue from our Vice President, Dr Mark Rubenstein.

One of the directions that I want to take as president is to create the Florida Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Pioneers. The Florida PM&R Pioneers will consist of physicians who have been active members of the FSPMR and have been practicing 25 years or more. My intention is to have these physicians listed in the Florida PM&R Pioneers section of the newsletter to be recognized, identified, and made available to the new PM&R physicians starting to practice, as well as to any physiatrist needing guidance or help. The idea is to provide quick access to information to help with any potential problems, concerns, or issues as new doctors start their practices and continue through their practice experience. The PM&R Pioneers will have developed knowledge, training, and experience that can help guide and protect the new practitioners. I think mentorship is very important. The Florida PM&R Pioneers will be a vehicle to provide the necessary mentorship for all practicing PM&R physicians that are members of the Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

In July, FSPMR held its annual meeting at The Breakers, Palm Beach. We enjoyed a very good continuing medical education breakout that Saturday morning. I would like to thank the following for their presentations: Anthony Dorto MD: “Depositions, Trials, and Other Sworn Testimony: What the Expert Needs to Know”; Wilda Murphy MD: “In-Patient Rehabilitation Update”; Jesse Lipnick MD: “Cannabis and Autoimmune Disease”; Orlando Florete MD: “Pharmacology of Medical Cannabis; Christopher Alexander MD and Martin Weaver MD (UMiami PM&R Residents): “Ultrasound Guided Baclofen Pump Refills, A Novel Technique”; Marjorie Mamsaang DO (Larkin Community Hospital PM&R Resident): “Weakness and Paresthesia After Gastric Bypass Surgery; Morgan Pyne DO (USF PM&R Resident): “Ossteointegration with Targeted Muscle Reinnervation.” Thank you also to Drs Matthew Imfeld and Michael Creamer who served with me as the Expert Panel for the Resident presentations.

Later that evening we held our Annual Business Meeting and Dinner. We had received 40 RSVPs and 54 people showed up….a good thing! We are very excited about and grateful for the Florida PM&R Residents’ involvement…an impressive lot of up and coming physicians! They are the future of our specialty and the future of this organization.

Another important goal for my tenure as president, with your help and the board’s help, is to significantly increase FSPMR’s membership. It is my suggestion to the current members of the Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation that when you speak to other physiatrists, you encourage them to join the Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation because there is strength in numbers. Increasing the membership of FSPMR is of paramount importance because of so many negative forces influencing medicine today. As new problems arise, we will need a stronger and more powerful voice. The way to have an effective voice is with increased membership.


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