Learn at the lake


DATE: Friday, September 27, 2024
TIME: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Harbor Hotel, 16 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Hotel Information 

There is a limited room block for Thursday, September 26th and Friday September 27th
When calling to reserve mention Guthrie Primary Care Symposium 

  • Reservations after Tuesday, August 27, 2024 will be provided based on space and rate availability
  • Rates do not include 8% New York State Sales Tax and 4% Occupancy Tax
  • Rates are based on single/double occupancy
  • Check-in time is 4 pm, Check out time is 11 am

Harbor Hotel
16 N. Franklin Street
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Phone: 607-535-6116

Room rates before tax

  • 2 Queen Lake Patio $369
  • 2 Queen Village $309
  • King Lake Patio $369
  • King Lake $339
  • King Village $309
  • King Sofa Village $309

Conference Guest Speaker

Lipi Roy, MD, MPH, FASAMLipi Roy, MD, MPH, FASAM
Dr. Lipi Roy is a physician, international speaker, media personality, entrepreneur and host of the YouTube series, Health, Humor and Harmony. In July 2023, she founded SITA MED, a health speaking company addressing stress-related conditions such as addiction and anxiety, and has trained doctors, judges, journalists, executives and beyond. Dr. Roy served on the frontlines of the pandemic as the Medical Director of COVID Isolation and Quarantine Sites for Housing Works in New York City. She also treated patients with opioid use disorder at a harm reduction clinic in the Bronx while working at multiple COVID vaccination sites. 
As an MSNBC & NBC Medical Contributor, Dr. Roy made over 350 live television appearances discussing COVID-19. Dr. Roy’s work spans academia, clinical medicine, homeless health, social and criminal justice, public speaking, media, and entertainment. As the former Chief of Addiction Medicine for Rikers Island, Dr. Roy oversaw substance use treatment and recovery services at the nation’s 2nd-largest jail complex. Dr. Roy also sees patients at Greenwich House Center for Healing and serves as clinical assistant professor at NYU Langone Health.

Previously, Dr. Roy served as a primary care doctor to Boston's homeless population among whom the leading cause of death was drug overdose. She also served as an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and as faculty at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Roy completed her medical and master’s in public health degrees at Tulane University, followed by residency training in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Roy’s mission is to educate and empower the public to make healthy decisions. As a Forbes contributor who has interviewed medical experts such as Dr. Peter Hotez and celebrities such as Mary J. Blige and Ice-T, Dr. Roy is one of the world’s most trusted experts in health communication. She has appeared on multiple media outlets including CNN, The Tamron Hall Show, CBS New York and PIX11, and has been featured in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Cooking Light, Oprah.com and many others. 

Conference Agenda

  • 7 a.m. – Registration/Breakfast
  • 7:50 a.m. – Welcome – Christopher Fucito, DO 
  • 8-9 a.m. – Guest Speaker - Physician, Heal Thyself: How Burnout is Impacting Patient Care - Lipi Roy, MD
  • 9-9:30 a.m. – 2024 Updates in Breast Cancer Screening - Jennifer Bau, MD
  • 9:30-10 a.m. – Surveillance of Patients Returning After Surgical Treatment of Breast Disease - Firdos Ziauddin, MD
  • 10-10:15a.m. – Break 
  • 10:15–11 a.m. – Updates and Pearls for CKD Care – Matthew Novak, MD 
  • 11 a.m.–12 p.m. – Update in Type 2 Diabetes Management for Primary Care – Sahzene Yavuz, MD   
  • 12-1:00 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1-2 p.m. – Pearls in the Management of Patients with Obesity in 2024: Current Trends and the Exciting Future – Mustafa Aman, MD 
  • 2–2:30 p.m.– New Onset Leukocytosis: When to Panic – Giampaolo Talamo, MD 
  • 2:30-3 p.m. – Optimizing Bug Busting: A Pharmacist Antimicrobial Steward's Guide to Wise Prescribing in Primary Care - Karen Williams, PharmD   
  • 3–3:15 p.m. – Break
  • 3:15–4 p.m. – Myths in Lipid Management – Saurabh Sharma, MD 
  • 4–4:45 p.m. – Strategies for Managing Nonadherence to Medical Recommendations – Danielle Terry, PhD
  • 4:45-5 p.m. – Closing Remarks/Giveaways – Christopher Fucito, DO

Conference Description

The broad scope of the primary care physician’s practice incorporates management of acute, undiagnosed illness and complex, multi-system disease, as well as the provision of extensive preventive care and general health promotion. In addition, because primary care physicians are most often the first medical provider contacted by a patient, the daily clinical challenges require a distinct approach and special skills in eliciting concerns, focusing key issues, negotiating plans, and helping solve problems, Primary care physicians also need to actively collaborate with referral specialists and coordinate the care given by varied specialties. All this is firmly based in the context of a patient-physician relationship built on mutual trust and knowledge. This important CME symposium “Hot Topics for the Primary Care Provider” will educate and promote improved patient outcomes in a broad range of therapeutic areas commonly encountered in the busy primary care practice. In addition to an overview of the history, current science of a variety of specialty areas and new and important medical advances, most content will be presented in a very practical, patient focused manner relevant to the specific primary care setting and challenges.

Intended Audience

This symposium is most relevant for physicians and advanced practice providers involved in the practice of general medicine. This includes general interests, hospitalists, sub-specialists in internal medicine, family physicians, general practitioners, residents and fellows in internal medicine and family medicine. 

Elements of Competence

The CME activity has been designed to change learner competence and focus on the American Board of Medical Specialties areas of patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.

Educational Methods

  • Live lectures with Q & A sessions will facilitate the dissemination of information.

Conference Goals

  • LEARN - Provide clinically relevant lectures on primary care topics that will both review basic concepts and challenge the knowledge base of seasoned providers. To provide clinical pearls that will enhance care on a day-to-day basis.
  • RELAX - Provide a relaxing off campus venue with breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day to enhance the educational experience. Provide room blocks to attendees Friday night to allow for the option of a short vacation.
  • CONNECT - Introduce our specialists and service lines both internally and externally to foster connections.

Conference Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify both common and uncommon clinical presentations of disorders seen in the primary care clinic.
  • Describe current updates in diagnosis of disorders seen in the primary care clinic.
  • Utilize current advances in the diagnosis and treatment of these common problems using, whenever possible, an evidence-based approach.
  • Discuss the prevalence, pathophysiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms of acute and chronic conditions commonly encountered in the primary care setting.
  • Utilize clinical strategies for managing these conditions, including pharmacological treatments, and compare strategies based on benefits, risks, side effects and interactions.
  • Enhance professional development resources to meet the challenges of providing primary care across the lifespan.
Conference Director
Christopher Fucito, DO, FAAFP

Christopher Fucito, DO, FAAFP
Lead Physician, Guthrie Medical Group, P.C., Southport, NY
CME Chair, The Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, PA

Conference Committee
David Pfisterer, MD

David Pfisterer, MD
Regional Medical Director
Family Medicine Physician,
Guthrie Medical Group, Wellsboro, PA

Sheela Prabhu, MD, FACP

Sheela Prabhu, MD, FACP
Chair, Department of Medicine
The Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, PA
Assistant Professor, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Internal Medicine/Geriatrics, LECOM

Guthrie Conference Faculty
Mustafa W. Aman, MD, MHA, CPE, FACS, FICS, FASMBS 

Mustafa W. Aman, MD, MHA, CPE, FACS, FICS, FASMBS 
Chief, Guthrie Comprehensive Weight Loss Center
Director, Guthrie Bariatric Surgery Program
Clinical Faculty, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Guthrie Medical Group, P.C., Sayre, PA

Jennifer Bau, MD

Jennifer Bau, MD
Associate, Department of Radiology
Guthrie Medical Group, Sayre, PA

Matthew Novak, MD

Matthew Novak, MD
Associate, Nephrology
Guthrie Medical Group, P.C., Sayre, PA

Saurabh Sharma MD, FACC, FASE, FACP, RPVI

Saurabh Sharma MD, FACC, FASE, FACP, RPVI
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Associate Cardiologist,
Guthrie Medical Group, P.C., Sayre, PA
Director, Cardiovascular Prevention and Lipid Clinic
Clinical Assistant Professor of Cardiology, GCSOM

Giampaolo Talamo, MD

Giampaolo Talamo, MD
Associate, Hematology/Oncology
Guthrie Medical Group, P.C., Sayre, PA

Danielle L. Terry, PhD, ABPP 

Danielle L. Terry, PhD, ABPP 
Clinical Health Psychologist
Guthrie Medical Group, P.C., Sayre, PA, Behavioral Science
Family Medicine Residency, Guthrie Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Neuroscience Institute at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Karen Williams, Pharm.D., BCPS-AQ ID

Karen Williams, Pharm.D., BCPS-AQ ID
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Pharmacy Residency Program Director
Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

Sahzene Yavuz, MD

Sahzene Yavuz, MD
Associate, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Program Director, Endocrinology Fellowship
Guthrie Medical Group, P.C., Sayre, PA

M. Firdos Ziauddin, MD, FACS

M. Firdos Ziauddin, MD, FACS
Director, Breast Program,
Guthrie Medical Group, P.C., Sayre, PA


Conference Fees

  • $125 – Providers/Advanced Practice Providers
  • $75 – Nurses/Administrators/Other Health Care Professionals
  • No Cost - Fellows/Residents/Students


Guthrie Providers: This conference is eligible for reimbursement from your 2024 allocated CME/Meeting fund.

A special THANK YOU to the Donald Guthrie Foundation for providing funding towards this symposium.

Cancellation and Refund

The full conference fee is refundable, less $10 processing fee, if your cancellation is received, in writing by Wednesday, September 4, 2024. (The processing fee is nonrefundable regardless of the reason for cancellation). Refunds will not be granted after this time for non-attendance.

The Guthrie Clinic Office of CME reserves the right to cancel an activity due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e., lack of registrations, unexpected events). Any registrants will be notified, and refunds will be processed. In the event the activity has been postponed, the registrant will have the option to receive a full refund, or they can use their registration for the respective conference. In addition, The Guthrie Clinic Office of CME is not responsible for related costs or expenses to participants, including cancellation fees assessed by hotels, airlines, or travel agencies. 


Minimum and maximum numbers for attendance at this event have been established and we reserve the right to substitute speakers/topics or cancel if necessary. By attending this event, you grant The Guthrie Clinic Office of CME the right to record, film, photograph, or capture your likeness in any media and to distribute, broadcast, use, or otherwise disseminate, in perpetuity, such media without any further approval from or any payment to you.

The Guthrie Clinic CME Vision

To Enable Health Professionals to Provide and Achieve the Best Preventive and Comprehensive Care… Whole Community, All the Time.

Accreditation Statement

“The Guthrie Clinic is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

Designation Statement

“The Guthrie Clinic designates this live activity for a maximum of (8.0) AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.”

Faculty Disclosure

The Guthrie Clinic adheres to the ACCME® Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education.

“Faculty and all others who have the ability to control the content of continuing medical education activities sponsored by The Guthrie Clinic are expected to disclose to the audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s).” The presenting faculty/planning committee for this educational activity have no relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Have a question? Contact our staff!

Trish Stern, Director, System CME 
E-mail: Trish.Stern@guthrie.org
Phone: 570-887-5762