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14th Sports Medicine Conference

June 17, 2013
The Montana Sports Medicine Program, a program of St. James Healthcare, will be hosting the 14th Annual Big Sky Sports Medicine conference, June 14-15, 2013 at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in Anaconda, Montana. This year’s conference topic is “Comprehensive Review of the Knee,” and includes programming on the evaluation, management, prevention, and rehabilitation of the knee. Dr. Nick DiGiovine, Conference Chairperson, is a nationally recognized expert in the field of sports medicine. DiGiovine serves locally as both the Medical Director of the Montana Sports Medicine Program and Team Physician for Montana Tech of the University of Montana. He also serves as a Team Consultant for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and is a former Steeler’s Team Physician. DiGiovine said that the conference provides high quality, medical education for health care providers in the region. “Medicine changes so rapidly that continuing medical education for all healthcare providers is essential,” DiGiovine said. One of the features of this regional conference, which makes it unique, is that it offers high quality education at a more convenient, inexpensive venue. “Most local health care professionals would have to travel outside of the state at considerable expense and time to get comparable continuing education,” he said. The conference will feature prominent sports medicine experts from across Montana and the nation. “We’re glad to welcome back Dr. Rusty Linton, who has been with us at all of our conferences,” DiGiovine said. Linton is an Orthopedic Surgeon at the Columbus Orthopaedic Clinic in Columbus, Miss. and the Team Orthopedic Surgeon for Mississippi State University. ”Dr. Linton was recently recognized as the 2012 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Team Physician of the Year,” DiGiovine added. Also returning, is Ariko Iso, MA, ATC, Head Certified Athletic Trainer for Football at Oregon State University. “She was the first female athletic trainer in the NFL and with the Pittsburgh Steelers,” DiGiovine said. “We’re also glad to welcome first time speaker, Dr. Peter Indelicato, an internationally famous orthopedic sports medicine physician who has previously served as Head Team Physician for the University of Florida Gators and the Miami Dolphins,” DiGiovine said. Special educational opportunities at the conference include live surgical demonstrations of state-of-the-art knee surgery conducted on cadaver knees.. “These cadavers provide a unique opportunity for the participants to learn about anatomy and witness actual surgical demonstrations. The cadavers are generously provided by Pacific Medical, one of our long-time conference sponsors,” DiGiovine said. The regional conference offers 10.5 hours of continuing education units (CEUs) and typically brings in more than 100 medical professionals from across the Northwest and Canada, Holly Ferguson, Director of the Montana Sports Medicine Program, said. Attendance at the conference is limited to 150 on a first come, first served basis. The registration deadline is June 7, 2013. Ferguson said that limiting the number of participants allows attendees greater access to presenters and a higher quality educational experience than larger, national conference venues. “That personal interaction is a major plus for this conference,” Ferguson said. For more information or to register for the conference, call (406) 723-2540 or (406) 490-5605, or email mtsports@sjh-mt.org