General Information

Each day of the course there will be three hours of didactic lectures.  Most of the presentations are given by attendees and they reflect the variety of specialties represented among the AMTA membership.  Outside speakers from a local medical center are sometimes brought in, or an occasional web-based lecture is shown.  Opportunity for Q & A with the lecturers can extend from the lecture hall onto the tennis court or into the dinner hour.

CME Credit

Abstracts of the lectures are submitted for approval of the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development to attain Prescribed Credit.

Specialists other than family practitioners may claim Category 2 credit for the lectures that they attend.

Because of its diverse range of specialists, the AMTA is embracing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) incorporating CME as well as managerial, social and personal issues for physicians, rather than limiting presentations to disease-oriented topics.

Category 2 or Category 4 credit can be claimed for giving a lecture.


Past Speakers and Lecture Topics


Smoke Tree Ranch
Palm Springs, CA
March 12 – 17, 2017

Scientific Program

“Recent Advances in Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer – Improving Outcomes and Reducing Side Effects”
R. Alex Hsi, MD

“Urticaria and Angioedema Update”
Paul Keith, MD, MSc, FRCPC

“Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors: PD-L1”
E. Randy Eckert, MD

“Wounds in Warhol: The Art of Surgery”
John A. Ryan, Jr., MD

“Chasing Giraffes and Other Pearls of Nutrition Wisdom for 2017”
Jil Feldhausen, MS, RDN

“Diagnostic Shoulder Ultrasound: Understanding Shoulder Injury, Pain and Treatment”
Alan Solomon, MD

“Impact of Diabetes Mellitus on Cholecystectomy Rate”
Chi-Ming (Jimmy) Liu, MD

“Hand and Wrist Injuries in Tennis Players”
Emmie Ko, MD

“The Low T Syndrome – A New Hope for Men or Just More Hype?”
Tony Firek, MD

“Lung Cancer Screening: The Pillars of a Successful Program”
Luba Frank, M




Smoke Tree Ranch 

Palm Springs, CA

March 13 – 18, 2016


Scientific Program

Back on Court: Back Injuries in Tennis
Tony Chang, MD, MS

The Human Microbiome
Randy Eckert, MD

Hip Injuries in Tennis Players
Richard Gayle, MD

Essential Nutrition Intervention: Utilizing Tools for Delivering a Powerful Message
Jil Feldhausen, MS, RDN

James K. Polk, Ephraim McDowell and John C. Fremont: Manifest Destiny, Lithotomy and Why Smoke Tree Ranch is Not in Mexico
John A. Ryan, MD

Medical Care Where None Exists – Rural Nepal
Simon Myint, MD

Update on Medical Management for Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) in Men
Bruce Dalkin, MD

Imaging of Musculoskeletal Infections: The Right Test at the Right Time
Christin Tiegs-Heiden, MD

Office-Based Medical Treatment of Addiction
Douglas Thrasher, MD

Nutrition: Staying Lean and Fit
Joseph E. Scherger, MD, MPH




Longboat Key Club Resort

Longboat Key, FL

October 31 – November 4, 2015


Scientific Program

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: An Update
Joe Chebli, MD

Common Shoulder and Elbow Injuries in Tennis
Caroline Chabli, MD

Ulnar Wrist Pain in Tennis Players
Chris Sforzo, MD, FAAOS, SCSH

Ectopic Pregnancy – Diagnostic and Therapeutic Options
Stephen J. Waszak, MD

Gout:  Current Approaches to an Old Disease
James G. Freeman, MD, FACP, FACR

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections:  A Review of Evidence-Based Medicine
Craig Kimmel, MD

Health and Wellness Value for Seniors:  A Model to Enlist Engagement Rather than Overuse
Rick Reed, MD

Basic Pharmacogenomics
Randy Eckert, MD

Plantar Fasciitis:  Diagnosis and Treatment Options 2015
Craig Kimmel, MD

Update in Vasculitis
James G. Freeman, MD, FACP, FACR


Smoke Tree Ranch

Palm Springs, CA

March 15 – 20 2015


Scientific Program

Prostate Cancer Treatment – Comparative Effectiveness of Current Therapies and Latest Technological Advances
Alex Hsi, MD

Simulation in Healthcare
Dan Raemer, PhD

Pancreas Transplantation:  Curing Type I Diabetes
Chris Kuhr, MD

The Politics of Health in America
Saundra Ardrey, MD

The Male Hormonal Contraception (aka “The Male Pill”):  Why, When and How
Stephanie Page, MD

The Aging Worker
Richard Sall, MD

Randy Eckert, MD

Current Concepts in Tennis Elbow – Diagnosis and Treatment
Craig Kimmel, MD

Active Surveillance for Localized Prostate Cancer:  An Update on Outcomes
Bruce Dalkin


Saddlebrook Resort
Wesley Chapel, FL
November 9 – 14, 2014


Scientific Program

Ebola Outbreak and the United States
Richard Reed, MD

The History of Medicine as Portrayed in Italian Art
Stephen Waszak, MD

Plant-Based Diets to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
Heather Shenkman, MD

Male Hypogonadism Review:  Diagnosis and Treatment
Ed LaCava, MD

ACLS and the AED:  Update on Important Educational Points
Bonnie Sidoff, MD

Emerging Infections 2014
Glen Mathison, MD

Academic Salary Structures – Anything but Fair?
Bruce Dalkin, MD

Chemotherapy and Cookbooks – Medical Oncology in 2014
Kurt Neumann, MD

Concierge Medicine 2014
John Kirkpatrick, MD

Medicine and Art, or The Art of Medicine
Frank Sladkovic, MD


Sunriver Resort

Bend, OR

July 6 – 11, 2014


Scientific Program

Update on Pap Smears in 2014
Mitchell Strauss, MD

Pharmacogenomics in Medicine
Randy Eckert, MD

Minor Head Trauma in Children: Evaluation and Management
Bonnie Sidoff, MD

Immunotherapy for Cancer and Infectious Diseases
Larry Corey, MD

Can Neuropathic Pain Cream Safely Eliminate the Need to Prescribe Opiates and NSAIDS?
Joseph Howton, MD

Progress on the Respond C-RT Trial
Ovidiu Adam, MD

Hyperbaric Oxygen Interventions in 2014
Joseph Howton, MD

Hernia Repair in the Underserved

Jim Manion, MD

Updates and Controversies in Postmenopausal Women’s Health
Green Hsueh, MD

Realistic Expectations in Urinary Outcomes after Medical and Surgical Treatment
Bruce Dalkin, MD

The State of British Medicine in 2014:  An Update
Earl O’Brien, MD

How is the Affordable Care Act Affecting You?
Phong Nguyen, MD




Barton Creek Resort

Austin, TX

December 8 – 13, 2013


Scientific Program

Advances in Targeted Therapy in Medical Oncology
Brian Shimkus, MD

Update in Regenerative Medicine
David Harris, MD

Traumatic Brain Injury, an Overview
Robert Van Bovan, MD

Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiation
Shannon Cox, MD

Seafood – Borne Illnesses
John Kirkpatrick, MD, Hugh Burris, MD

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy
Moya Griffin, MD

Bariatric Surgery:  Redefining Treatment of  Diabetes
Nancy Marquez, MD

Current Concepts and Technique in Prostate Imaging
Sina Meisamy, MD

Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine
Randy Eckert, MD

PSA and Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer
David Cuellar, MD

Peripheral Vascular Disease – A Real Pain in the Butt
Michael Grad, MD

Chronic Sinusitis / Balloon-plasty
Trey Fyfe, MD


Wild Dunes Resort

Isle of Palms, SC

April 28 – May 3, 2013


Scientific Program

What’s New in Keeping Your Heart and Circulation Healthy
Jeb Hallett, MD

Global Health – Possible Model for Future Health Care
Rick Reed, MD

Evolving Challenges in Palliative End-of-Life Care
Jerome E. Kurrent, MD

Onsite Employee Health in the Healthcare Setting
Ruth Sikora, FNP-C

Emerging Topics in Pathology Education
Randy Eckert

The Qualities of a Good Surgeon (or Physician)
Biemann Otherson, JR., MD

Current Trends in Plastic Surgery
Ram Kalus

Surgical Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Chet Strunk, MD

Emerging Infectious Diseases and Immunizations
Robert Ball

Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Update
Joseph Mauriello

Imaging of Coronary Artery Disease:  How We Do It
Luba Frank, MD

Poisoning and Overdose:  Recognition, Diagnosis, Antidotes, Treatment
Matthew Brenner, MD