Virtual symposium breaks registration records
By John Annarino, Chief Medical and Health Officer
Together, we did it. We appreciate the thousands of attendees who joined us worldwide for our first-ever virtual Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium this past Thursday through Saturday.
By going virtual, registration increased by nearly five times our 2019 in-person symposium.
I am elated, what an incredible response! We are thrilled that more than 4,800 health care and legal professionals from 45 states and 11 countries registered to attend our three-day conference.
This year we had another first – we offered continuing education for 16 health care professions, an increase of six from 2019. In addition, we continued offering continuing legal education for our inter-disciplinary conference. Experts worldwide are learning about our innovative approaches and programs in caring for Ohio’s workers. Here’s our symposium’s brochure, event guide, and blogs.
Our symposium also expanded by offering three educational tracks – the provider staff forum (Thursday morning), our first ever, vocational rehabilitation workshop (Thursday afternoon), and the provider clinical education (Friday and Saturday). Our medical and claims policy experts teamed up to present at our staff forum for medical staff members and administrators.
Governor Mike DeWine kicked off the symposium virtually each day welcoming our attendees and thanking them for their service to all Ohioans. Training Officer Amanda Tedrick emceed the event and introduced the speakers.
Saturday’s clinical education speakers included two physician brothers, Joseph Choo, M.D., and Michael Choo, M.D., who discussed COVID-19 clinical insights and updates. They reiterated that getting vaccinated will help Ohio reach herd immunity, which may decrease the prevalence of COVID-19 for all of us. They also noted the importance of continuing to wear our masks and practicing social distancing.
During our symposium breaks, attendees visited our exhibitors and viewed their videos, answered BWC trivia questions, and watched additional content information in short video segments. Some of them included Navigating our Provider Page, injured worker return-to-work stories, and Getting to Know our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bradley Lewis.
Interim Administrator/CEO John Logue closed the symposium each day with dialogue between the final session’s speakers and offered related information about BWC initiatives.
Along with our Chief of Medical Operations Debi Kroninger and other Medical and Health Division leaders and team members, I would like to offer a special thanks to our exceptional speakers, volunteers, and participants for assisting in this unique, multi-disciplinary event that we offer at no cost to attendees.
This will definitely have an impact on the ways our industry and providers take care of injured workers. I’m deeply proud of all involved.