A conference for all South Texas physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants,
nurse practitioners, medical students and other health professionals will
celebrate its 25th anniversary this April on South Padre Island featuring a renowned motivational
speaker and singer / rapper known as “Dr. Z-Dogg”.
“We are very excited to have Zubin Damania, MD, an internationally-known
presenter and entertainer, coming to the Valley all the way from Las Vegas,”
said Dr. Robert Sepulveda, Internal Medicine Physician in Weslaco and
Chairman of the 25th Annual Rio Grande Valley Medical Education Conference
& Exposition, which will be held Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April
29 at the Isla Grande Resort on South Padre.
“Z-Dogg, MD actually sings and raps during his presentations,”
Dr. Sepulveda added. “He has been a keynote speaker at many events,
such as medical school graduations, including at the University of San
While the conference is directed at primary care and sponsored by Knapp
Medical Center in Weslaco, Dr. Sepulveda said the conference committee
would like to invite all Valley primary and specialty care physicians,
pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical students
and other interested health professionals to see Dr. Z-Dogg and other
speakers and to earn up to 14 hours of continuing medical education credits
at the conference (including one hour of credit in ethics).
“This year’s conference, with its theme, ‘Reaching New
Horizons’, is primarily designed for primary care physicians and
medical practitioners in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics,
obstetrics-gynecology, surgery, emergency medicine and infectious diseases,”
Dr. Sepulveda said. “The content is also appropriate for advanced
practice nurses (APRN), physician assistants, pharmacists and registered
nurses enrolled in advanced nurse practice programs.”
“The science of medicine is forever changing, and our 25th annual conference will provide physicians and other providers with concise
and authoritative information on the most up-to-date treatment of problems
frequently encountered but which can be difficult or confusing in practice,”
Dr. Sepulveda added. “We are really proud of this year’s conference,
which will feature stimulating lectures, case studies, audiovisual presentations,
and audience participation sessions – all while allowing our medical
professionals the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful weekend at the Island.”
In addition to Dr. Sepulveda, other committee members for the Valley’s 25th Annual CME Conference include Rosemary Recavarren, MD (Pathology and Chief
of Staff for Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco); Ramiro Caballero, MD (Immediate
Past Chief of Staff for Knapp); Michael DeCandia, MD (Radiology Services
& Chief of Radiology at Knapp); Dionisio B. Calvo III, MD, CDE (Internal
Medicine); Miguel Tello, MD (Family Medicine); Segundo Lizardo, MD (Pediatrics);
Charles Zaremba, MD (Pathology); Anna Hinojosa, MSN, RN (Chief Nursing
Officer for Knapp); and Beth M. Flores, BSN, RN-BC (Educator at Knapp).
The conference will kick off on Friday, April 28 with registration and
a continental breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and conclude at 5 p.m.
that day. On Saturday, April 29, continental breakfast and registration
will again run from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., with the conference concluding at 4:45 p.m.
For more information on the conference, including fees, and / or to register,
please call Mitty Reyna of the Knapp Education Department at (956) 969-5455
MReyna2@PrimeHealthCare.com, or visit https://www.knappmed.org/CME-Conference.aspx. For information
on discount hotel reservations at South Padre Island during the weekend
of the conference, please call the Isla Grand Beach Resort by April 15
at (800) 292-7704 (www.IslaGrand.com).
Photo Caption: A 25th Annual Rio Grande Valley Medical Education Conference
& Exposition will be held April 28-29 at the Isla Grande Resort on
South Padre Island. Helping to plan the conference, from the left, are
Dr. Dionisio Calvo III, MD, CDE, Internal Medicine Physician in Weslaco;
Mitty Reyna of the Knapp Medical Center Education Department; and Dr.
Robert Sepulveda, Internal Medicine Physician in Weslaco and conference chairman.