DAPA Dinner: Medical Meeting on Diabetes Disease State @ Columbus Inn
Dec 1 @ 5:30 pm

Medical Meeting on Diabetes Disease State: “Does Early and Aggressive Treatment Matter?
Avoiding Clinical Inertia” by Mark Sanford FNP-C, CDE from AstraZeneca Medical Affairs

Date: Tuesday December 1st arrival 5:30-6pm (Dinner Seating at 6pm)
Venue: Columbus Inn 2216 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington DE 19806

Please RSVP by Friday November 27th to Mark Sanford at (Please include full name and license #). There is an attendance limit with this event so RSVP early to reserve a seat.

DAPA Board Meeting @ Christiana Hospital - DAPA Office
Jan 19 @ 5:30 pm

Our next Board Meeting will be Tuesday January 19th at 5:30 at our office at Christiana Hospital. All members are encouraged to attend. Meet the new board and find out what Physician Assistants in Delaware are up to in 2016. Please RSVP to Eileen at by January 15th. Dinner will be provided.

Delaware Chapter Scientific Meeting @ John H. Ammon Medical Education Center
Feb 13 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
DAFP 14th Annual Sports Medicine Symposium @ Medical Society of Delaware
Mar 10 @ 4:45 pm – 10:00 pm


DAFP ​14th ​Annual ​Sports ​Medicine ​Symposium

The ​Delaware ​Academy ​of ​Family ​Physicians ​14th ​Annual ​Sports ​Medicine ​Symposium ​will ​feature ​an ​exciting ​venue ​of ​topics ​that ​will ​educate ​the ​busy ​practitioner ​in ​the ​field ​of ​Primary ​Care ​Sports ​Medicine. ​Exercise ​for ​promoting ​health ​is ​a ​focus ​of ​this ​year’s ​conference, ​and ​an ​ ​“Exercise ​Prescription” ​will ​be ​presented ​along ​with ​an ​overview ​of ​the ​proper ​use ​and ​choice ​of ​exercise ​equipment ​for ​our ​patients. ​Recognizing ​that ​our ​patients ​may ​exercise ​in ​various ​scenarios, ​the ​challenges ​of ​the ​athlete ​in ​high ​altitudes ​will ​be ​presented, ​as ​well ​as ​the ​unique ​concerns ​and ​injuries ​of ​scuba ​divers. ​An ​educational ​presentation ​of ​orthopedic ​pearls ​will ​sharpen ​our ​skills ​in ​the ​care ​of ​our ​patients.

This ​year’s ​symposium ​has ​the ​challenge ​of ​five ​speakers ​presenting ​a ​wealth ​of ​information ​in ​a ​rapid-fire, ​concise, ​efficient ​manner ​on ​a ​weekday ​evening, ​a ​“March ​Madness” ​of ​sorts ​for ​the ​attendees. ​Hang ​on ​and ​enjoy ​this ​marathon ​evening ​of ​fun ​and ​enjoyable ​learning.


Strong Bones Certification Course @ John H Aammon Medical Education Center
Apr 27 @ 6:00 am – 8:00 am

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Patients with bone fragility are at high risk for fractures. Preventing broken bones in these patients, especially those with a prior fracture, is an excellent opportunity to improve outcomes and reduce cost, however bone fragility is often difficult to address in a typical office visit. Many providers lack the resources to assess patients’ fracture risk, provide appropriate counseling and materials, confidently prescribe treatment and perform the necessary follow up.

This course will provide the essential information providers need to assess and improve bone health, and will present a comprehensive approach to evaluation and management. The program will also highlight the Strong Bones program, a system-based bone health program which will help to identify patients at risk, coordinate their care and serve as a resource to make sure patients at risk receive proper care. Working together, we can reduce the burden of broken bones in Delaware. Attend this program to learn how Strong Bones can help you and your patients.


5:30 p.m. Registration

6 p.m. Introduction
Brian J. Galinat, M.D., MBA
Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE

6:10 p.m. Strong Bones Program Overview and Vertebral Fragility Fracture
Scott Roberts, M.D.
Physical & Rehabilitative Medicine and Sports Medicine
Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE

6:30 p.m. Bone Density Testing
Timothy Manzone, M.D., JD
Medical Director, Nuclear Medicine
Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE

6:50 p.m. Fall Risk Assessment
Bradley Sandella, D.O.
Sports Medicine and Family Medicine Physician
Director of Sports Medicine, Christiana Care Health System
Newark, DE

7:10 p.m. Nutritional Supplements
Eyob Makonnen, M.D., PHM
Endocrinologist, Christiana Care Health System
Newark, DE

7:30 p.m. Pharmacologic Management
Eric Russell, D.O.
Rheumatologist, Christiana Care Health System
Newark, DE

8 p.m. Clinical Management Guidelines and Conclusion
Brian J. Galinat, M.D., MBA

DAPA Meeting
May 2 @ 6:00 am

On Monday May 2 we are having a meeting to discuss the proposed changes to our NCCPA certification. If you are not familiar with the changes, read about them on AAPA’s website here. DAPA will be present at the AAPA conference to offer our view on the changes.

Please contact Eileen for information on this meeting.

Drexel University: Continuing Education Conference (Patient-Worthy Medicine) @ The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University Historical Library
May 6 – May 7 all-day

During this interactive two-day conference, participants will be guided through the process of evidence-based practice by being provided with and practicing practical strategies for applying the art and science of medicine.

Distinguished, world-renowned international presenters include:

    • Dr. Allen Shaughnessy, Senior Editor of Essential Evidence Plus, Consulting Editor for Dynamed and co-creator of Information Mastery – Keynote Speaker;
    • Dr. Edward Livingston, Deputy Editor for Clinical Content of JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association. Physician and PA faculty from the University of Worcester, England and Drexel University will also lecture on both days;
    • Dr. Rod Jackson, New Zealand cardiovascular risk factor epidemiologist will discuss his GATE tool for critical appraisal;
    • Mr. David Allen, mastectomy scar tattoo artist, will discuss the use of empathy.
    • Ms. Adrian Banning, PA-C, recently recognized as one of Philadelphia’s “Who’s Next in Health”
    • Additional lecturers represent leaders in the field joining us to present their strategies for the interpretation and use of patient-centered evidence.

Consider attending if you use evidence-based medicine in any capacity. (Professionals and students welcome: Physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physicians, registered nurses, public health workers, medical librarians, pharmacists, academic faculty, clinical, medical journalists).


      • Review the five stages of utilizing and applying evidence based medicine
      • Discuss the difference between review articles, systematic reviews and levels of evidence (LOE)
      • Review the process for formulating and using a clinical PICO question
      • Identify online resources for evidence-based care
      • Review available medical databases, their information validity, relevance, workload and uses
      • Demonstrate how to access available medical databases
      • Identify strategies to find high quality, patient-oriented evidence and how set up alerts when new evidence becomes available.
      • Discuss critical appraisal techniques, clinical epidemiological measurements of risk and how to assess guideline recommendations
      • Discuss how to communicate medical evidence to patients compassionately
      • Describe how to integrate medical evidence at the point of care
      • Discuss strategies for using evidence judiciously


    • World-class lecturers including experts in the fields of evidence based medicine and compassionate patient communication including clinicians and academics from the University of Worcester, England, Tufts University, Boston, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA as well as an acclaimed Chicago mastectomy tattoo artist.
    • Behind the scenes tours of The Academy of Natural Sciences (tour registration and additional fee required).  Home to Audubon portfolios and relics of the Lewis and Clark expeditions!
    • Historic and beautiful venue setting merging the best of art and science
    • Breakfast and lunch both days and welcome cocktail reception on Friday included
    • Access to the best of center city Philadelphia’s “museum parkway”, progressive arts, award-winning culinary scene and acclaimed entertainment!  A great trip for families.  See Travel Information for details.
    • Fantastic continuing medical education credits and nursing contact hours! Value!
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DAPA Dinner – AstraZeneca @ Brio Tuscan Grille
May 24 @ 5:30 pm

Title 1: Understanding Cardiovascular Risk in Patients with Prior Myocardial Infarction

Speaker: John Darcy, PhD, MA, MS – Medical Science Liaison, AstraZeneca, Ltd.

Title 2: Understanding Cardiovascular Safety of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Medicines

Speaker: Mark Sanford FNP-C, CDE – Clinical Science Liaison, AstraZeneca. Ltd.

Date/Time: Tuesday May 24th, 2016 5:30-6pm arrival

RSVP:  Please RSVP to if interested in attending by May 22nd

Questions, please call 302-593-9773 or email address above.  Thank you


It always good to reiterate, that in order to comply with PhRMA codes on HCP interactions, AstraZeneca, Ltd will not be able to accommodate spouses or guests of an attendee (however, PA or other HCP invited students by DAPA are allowed).  Last, prescribers employed by federal or state institutions may have regulations restricting gifts, meals, and/or items of value.  We ask HCPs in these employment environments to please comply with such regulations set forth by their governmental institutions.



DAPA Meeting @ Delaware of Academy of Medicine
Jun 1 @ 5:30 pm
DAPA dinner hosted by BMS @ Washington Street Ale House
Jul 27 @ 6:00 pm
Please join us for the next DAPA dinner  hosted by BMS titled Reducing Stroke and Thromboembolic Risk in Patients with Nonvalvular AFib and Treating Venous Thromboembolism.
Location: Washington Street Ale House, 1206 N. Washington Street Wilmington DE 19810
Speaker: Joseph Pennington, MD
Date:  July 27
Time: 6pm
RSVP: Call 1-866-326-7600 and reference program ID 160727-ELI-13912