ALBANY, Ga. -- An event is being offered in Albany for physicians to be able to share some of the more uncommon aspects of their specialties.
The Dougherty County Medical Society (DCMS) and the Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association (GOMA) is hosting "Bizarre Moments in Medicine" Feb. 17-18 at the Merry Acres Event Center on Dawson Road.
"We're pretty excited because this is the first time we have done something like this that I know of," said Paula Bacon, executive director of the medical society.
The event, which will run from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on Feb. 17 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Feb. 18, will feature presentations from 10 different people, mainly physicians, on various topics relating to what is considered to be some of the more unusual things they have seen in their line of work.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. John Neeld of Atlanta.
On Saturday, at 7 p.m., there will be a Presidents Dance -- named for the Presidents Day holiday -- that will feature a cocktail buffet and dancing.
There will also be a "passing of the gavel" to the new medical society president on that day as well.
In addition to networking, the conference also serves as an opportunity for the physicians that attend to get 10 continuing medical education credits, a requirement that many doctors in the area are unable to fulfill close to home.
"There are currently not any (continuing education) programs in Albany, so we have to go somewhere else and spend money," said Dr. Melinda Greenfield of Albany Dermatology Clinic and a member of the medical society's board of directors. "We have to do continued education, and we wanted to give doctors a platform to discuss all the things we see in medicine.
"It's important for educational reasons to provide these opportunities here. This builds on the strong medical community we already have."
In the past, this event has been organized by the GOMA and was open to all doctors -- but did not have a continuing education component all the attendees could take advantage of.
"This accomplishes a couple of things, it provides an educational opportunity for our members -- plus one of our goals is to reach out to outlying areas," Bacon said.
While it does provide the benefit of proximity to Southwest Georgia physicians, it is open to doctors everywhere, Bacon said.
"A lot of folks will travel from Hilton Head Island to Chicago to Florida to go to these conferences," she said. "This is an opportunity so that doctors don't have to close practices and spend money on airfare."
Physicians are generally required to get 30 continuing education credit hours over a two-year period, Bacon added.
Registration for GOMA or DCMS members is $125, and $250 for non-members. Those that plan on only being there Saturday should be prepared to pay $100 if they are members, or $200 if they are non-members.
The cost to attend the Saturday cocktail party will be $25 per person for members, and $50 per person for non-members. All conference reservations include two complimentary tickets to the event.
To register, or for more information, visit www.dc-ms.org or call (229) 436-8191. The deadline to do so is Feb. 13.