AMDA’s annual symposium, “Long Term Care Medicine 2010,” has been planned for mid-March and will be held in Long Beach, Calif. It will feature two nationally recognized authors, one nationally recognized photographer and fifty experts in the field of long term care medicine and will focus on cutting-edge issues in long term care medicine for the benefit of attending physicians and interdisciplinary team members.

This year’s conference will commence on Friday, March 12, with the keynote speech being given by Dan Buettner, whose book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, is a New York Times bestseller. Buettner founded Blue Zones, a research project which explores best practices in medicine, happiness and longevity from around the world and shares that knowledge so that everyone may benefit.

Saturday’s general session of the conference will focus on public policy issues, such as recent Drug Enforcement Administration actions regarding prescribing controlled substances in the long term care setting. In addition, the program will address AMDA Physician Survey of Nursing Home Practice findings which delineate the difficulties physicians face when practicing in a nursing home setting.

On Sunday, March 14, longtime AMDA member Jeffrey Levine, will deliver this year’s Anne-Marie Filkin lecture. In “Humanistic Medicine, Geriatrics and Art,” Levine will argue that of all medical specialties, geriatrics is the most humanistic. The closing keynote speech will be delivered by David Solie, an expert in geriatric psychology and the author of How to Say It to Seniors: Closing the Communication Gap with Our Elders.

A new feature this year, “Model Programs and Practices Swap Session” will allow colleagues from different long term care settings to exchange evidence-based best practices. Another innovation, the product theatre will provide interactive, hands-on demonstrations, and in response to current need, AMDA will host a job fair where prospective employers and qualified candidates can meet.

“The record-breaking attendance at last year’s AMDA meeting tells us that–more than ever–long term care practitioners seek opportunities for education, networking and skill building. Additional programs will build on these demands and promise to make this an exciting and important meeting for physicians, other practitioners and all team members,” said AMDA President David Brechtelsbauer.