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Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine Chair John Hickner to speak at UGA Conference May 12

Athens, Ga. – Dr. John Hickner, chairman of the department of family medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, will speak to a cross-section of University of Georgia faculty members and others at a conference hosted by UGA’s Evidence-Based Program for Health Professions Education at the School of Pharmacy May 12.

While Hickner continues to see patients, he also is a researcher of patient safety and primary care quality through the clinic’s soon-to-be-formed Medicine Institute for Research and Innovation. His research will center on patient safety, access to care and promotion of primary care as a career choice for medical students.

Before joining the Cleveland Clinic, Hickner was vice-chair for the University of Chicago department of family medicine. After receiving his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, Hickner completed his residency in family medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina and received a master’s degree in Biostatistics and Research Design from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He is board-certified in family medicine.

Hickner will deliver an 8:45 a.m. presentation titled “Developing Evidence Through Practice-Based Research.”

Steven C. Budsberg, director of UGA’s clinical and translational research office, will be the luncheon speaker.

Breakout sessions in the morning and afternoon will feature such topics as:

  • Introduction to evidence-based practice;
  • Funding for practice-based research;
  • Developing on-line education for health professionals;
  • Designing studies for practice-based research;
  • Evidence-based principles for designing continuing education;
  • Preparing for inter-professional practice;
  • UGA’s clinical and translational research office;
  • Answering clinical questions when there is no good evidence;
  • Creating a practice-based research network; and,
  • Teaching science through clinical cases in medical education.

The conference is open to the public. A registration fee of $25 includes breakfast and a boxed lunch.

UGA’s Institute for Evidence-Based Program for Health Professions Education is a partnership involving faculty from the College of Education, the College of Public Health and other UGA units who study, develop and provide evidence-based education for health professionals.

For more information or to register for the conference, see