Washington Health System

155 Wilson Avenue Washington, PA 15301   (724) 225-7000

Washington Health System
39th Annual Scientific Day

Aches and Pains: Practical Assessment, Treatment and Evaluation of Musculoskeletal Concerns!

May 5, 2017
7:45 am – 3:00 pm
Registration opens at 7:15 am

Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh / Southpointe
1000 Corporate Drive
Canonsburg PA 15317

The Washington Health System is pleased to offer its 39th Annual Scientific Day. This conference is designed to provide evidence-based practices for the management of patients with musculoskeletal concerns.  Content experts will discuss updated guidelines, current strategies and approaches to improve patient outcomes. The interactive format will encourage audience participation through dynamic lectures, case-based studies and question and answer sessions.

Primary Care and Specialist Physicians, Podiatrists, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.


Washington Health System is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Washington Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Washington Health System is accredited as an approved provider by the West Virginia Board of Nursing ( Provider #WV2017-0631RN ) for 5.0 continuing education credits for nurses.


  • Review recent updates, clinical studies, and guidelines that impact the understanding and treatment of the different kinds of arthritis
  • Discuss current perspectives on back surgery
  • Discuss laboratory testing related to rheumatic disease
  • Discuss current and future trends in the approach to the patient with knee osteoarthritis including knee replacement
  • Review pharmacological and non-pharmacological chronic pain management for the patient with musculoskeletal issues


7:15 am
Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibits, Posters
7:45 am
Welcome and Introduction
John M. Costello, Jr., MD
8:00 am – 9:00 am
Arthritis: What a Pain
Terence W. Starz MD
9:00 am– 9:15 am
Break, Exhibits, Posters
9:15 am – 10:15 am
Evaluation and Management of Axial Spine Pain and Radicular
Pain: A Neurosurgical Perspective
E. Richard Prostko MD
10:15 am – 10:30 am
Break, Exhibits, Posters
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Laboratory Testing in Rheumatological Disease
Terence W. Starz MD
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Luncheon, Exhibits, Posters
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Degenerative Arthritis of the Knee: Conservative and Surgical
Innovations and Patient Optimization
David J. Stapor MD
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Chronic Pain Management: Pharmacologic and Non-Pharmacologic Approaches
Richard Plowey MD
Jeremy Funkhouser PharmD
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Concluding Remarks / Adjournment


Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing medical education activities sponsored by Washington Health System are expected to disclose to the audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest of presentation(s). Washington Health System has established policies that will identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Detailed disclosure will be made in the course handout material.


$75 – Non Washington Health System Employees
No Charge Washington Health System Employees

Registration fee includes continuing education credits, conference material, continental breakfast, morning break and lunch. Payment (if applicable) must accompany the registration form.

For any additional information concerning the conference please contact the Continuing Medical Education Office at (724) 223-3144