Registration is open for the 24th annual Primary Care Update

This year’s conference features the first presentation of a lectureship created in memory of longtime emergency medicine physician Robert H. Couch, M.D.

The 24th annual Primary Care Update on Friday, Nov. 20, will feature the first presentation of a lectureship created in memory of longtime emergency medicine physician Robert H. Couch, M.D.

Dr. Couch’s contributions are plentiful, and he is most notably remembered for his dedication to serving those in our community who are addicted to opioids. He was the first physician in Louisville to sound the alarm on the opioid crisis when he treated nine overdoses within hours of starting a 12-hour shift at Norton Hospital’s emergency department.

Kelly C. Cooper, M.D., MPH, medical director, addiction services, Norton Behavioral Medicine, will present the Robert H. Couch, M.D. Memorial Lecture “Myths and Realities of Medication-assisted Treatment.”

The guest faculty and keynote presenter for this year’s update is R. Brent Wright, M.D., MMM, FAAFP.

Dr. Wright is associate professor, Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine, associate dean for rural health innovation and vice chair for rural health at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Wright is also the immediate past president of the Kentucky Medical Association, past president and advocacy member with the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians and board chair of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.


7:30 a.m.        Virtual room opens

7:50 a.m.        Welcome, opening remarks

8 a.m.              Keynote Presentation: The State of Health in Kentucky

  1. Brent Wright, M.D., MMM, FAAFP

8:55 a.m.        Break

9:05 a.m.        Latest Update on Vaping

Scott G. Bickel, M.D.; Stanley A. Lee, M.D.

9:35 a.m.        Common Eye Complaints and Eye Emergencies
Brennan Greene, M.D.

10:05 a.m.      Break

10:15 a.m.      Updates and Management of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Alison S. Sharpe, D.O.

10:45 a.m.      Chronic Kidney Disease Management and Staging

Ramsey Nassar, M.D.

11:15 a.m.      Rheumatologic Testing for the Non-rheumatologist
Charles F. Moore Jr., M.D.

11:45 p.m.      Lunch break

12:30 p.m.      Robert H. Couch, M.D. Memorial Lecture: Myths and Realities of Medication-assisted Treatment
Kelly C. Cooper, M.D., MPH

1:15 p.m.        Skin Manifestation of Systemic Diseases
Courtney R. Schadt, M.D., FAAD

1:45 p.m.        Break

1:55 p.m.        Cardiology: Atrial Fibrillation
Kent E. Morris, M.D.

2:25 p.m.        Hot Topics in Infectious Diseases: COVID-19 Update
Paul S. Schulz, M.D.

3:15 p.m.        Adjournment

Continuing education


American Medical Association credits

Accreditation: Norton Healthcare is accredited by the Kentucky Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Register Today

The registration deadline is Nov. 18, 2020. Space is limited for this livestreamed activity, and there is no registration fee.

Register online

Call (502) 629-1234, option 4

Designation: Norton Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

House Bill 1 credits

The 24th annual Primary Care Update has been approved for 0.75 HB1 credit hours by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. ID #0920-H.75-NHC8b

American Academy of Family Physicians credits

The AAFP has reviewed the 24th Annual Primary Care Update and deemed it acceptable for up to 6.00 Online Only, Live AAFP Prescribed credit. Term of Approval is from 11/20/2020 to 11/20/2020. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Board of Internal Medicine credits

Participants who successfully complete this CME activity, including the evaluation component, may earn up to 6.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. The CME activity provider is responsible for submitting participant completion information to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credits.

For questions related to CME, contact the Norton Healthcare Center for Continuing Medical Education at (502) 446-5955 or


Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) Approved Provider: Norton Healthcare, provider number 4-0002-12-20-243. The program has been approved by Norton Healthcare for 7.2 contact hours which expires 12/31/2020. KBN approval of a continuing education provider does not constitute endorsement of program content. Nursing participants must attest to the number of hours of attendance and complete the evaluation to receive contact hours. For more information related to nursing credits, contact Sally Sturgeon, DNP, R.N., SANE-A, AFN-BC, at (502) 446-5889 or

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