Public Speaking - Events and Information

Since I began blogging in July 2009, my posts have been featured in widely read blogs such as, The Doctor Weighs InThe Health Care Blog, The Doctor Blog, and Gary Schwitzer's HealthNewsReview, as well as the websites of major national health and news outlets such as Proto Magazine, the Costco Connection, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Boston Globe. I also previously wrote the consumer health blog Healthcare Headaches for U.S. News and World Report.

Like the vast majority of physicians who blog, I write in my spare time. I have never accepted advertising or paid web links on Common Sense Family Doctor, and the choices of topics for posts are my own and not influenced by financial or other conflicts of interest. In order to support the time I devote to blogging, and to encourage high-quality medical writing and clinical practice, I give lectures and workshops to medical and non-medical audiences on a variety of topics. Here's a video of a Pop-Up Conversation I had on unnecessary medical testing with Dr. Donna Chacko, who offers programs in Serenity & Health.

Other topics I speak about include the uses of social media in medicine and education, developing and implementing clinical practice guidelines, and the evidence supporting prevention recommendations. If you or your organization would like to invite me to speak, please send me an e-mail at or

Future events:

Past events:


- Webinar for the Lancaster Medical Heritage Museum, Lancaster, PA

Preventive Screenings in Adults Over Age 65
- Hot Topics in Primary Care: Guiding Graceful Aging in the Older Adult, Lancaster, PA

What Goes into the Making of USPSTF Guidelines
- New York City Health + Hospitals Office of Population Health Grand Rounds (Virtual)


New Developments in Cancer Screening for 2023
- Temple University 47th Annual Fall Family Medicine Review Course, Virtual

Lowered Evidence Threshold for Screening Strategies as a Cause of Overdefinition
- Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark

Health Policy Journal Club: Engaging Family Medicine Trainees in Policy and Advocacy
- Teaching Prevention 2023, New Orleans, LA


Cancer Screening 2022
- Temple University Family Medicine Review Course, Virtual

Anti-Racism and Health Equity: The Role of Family Medicine Journals (panel); AAFP Guidance Update (lecture)
- AAFP FMX, Washington, DC

The Conversion of James Longstreet
- Catholic Medical Association DC Guild Event, Frederick, MD


U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Update
- Temple University Family Medicine Review Course, Virtual

Peer Review as a Faculty Development Tool: A Collaborative Panel of Family Medicine Editors
- Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, Virtual


Generating Discussions about Racism, Implicit Bias, and Health Equity in Medical School
- Teaching Prevention 2020, San Antonio, TX


Rethinking Aspirin for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
- GW Neurology Grand Rounds, Washington, DC

Gun Violence As a Public Health Issue (panel); Advocacy 101 (workshop); Harms from the Overuse of Screening Colonoscopy in the United States (completed research)
- Family Medicine Education Consortium Annual Meeting, Lancaster, PA

Ten Steps For Writing A Clinical Review Article (with Drs. Sumi Sexton and Barry Weiss)
- AAFP FMX, Philadelphia, PA

The Peer Review Process: Insights From The Editors of Family Medicine Journals
- Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario

Becoming A Common Sense Family Doctor: How Writing and Blogging Became Indispensable to My Practice
- GW School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Group, Washington, DC

Choosing Wisely: Pushing Back Against Too Much Medicine
- Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians Annual Practice Enhancement Seminar, Franklin, TN


AAFP Guidelines on Hypertension and Atrial Fibrillation: Interpreting and Applying the Evidence in Your Practice
- AAFP Family Medicine eXperience (FMX), New Orleans, LA

A Media Skills Workshop for Health Professionals
- Family Medicine Education Consortium and Georgetown University, Washington, DC

High Value Care, STD Update, Prevention Update, Hypertension Update
- AAFP Adult Medicine Course, Naples, FL

Advocacy Using Social Media
- District of Columbia Academy of Family Physicians, Washington, DC

Prostate Cancer Screening: Common Questions and Answers
- Lancaster General Hospital FM Grand Rounds, Lancaster, PA

Using POEMs to Generate Potential Recommendations for the Choosing Wisely Campaign
- 2018 Lown Institute Conference, Washington, DC


Expectations of Parents, Adolescents, Young Adults, and Physicians for Counseling and Providing Preventive Services
- AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX), San Antonio, TX

Antibiotic Overuse
- American Family Physician Twitter Chat #afpcme

New AAFP and USPSTF Guidelines: Screening for Colorectal Cancer
- DC Academy of Family Physicians Tweet Chat

Fixing Overuse and Underuse of Health Services: The Choosing Wisely and Right Care campaigns
- Maryland AFP Family Medicine Summit, College Park, MD

Physician Burnout and Resilience: Common & Uncommon Pathways to Wellness
- National Hispanic Medical Association 21st Annual Conference, Washington, DC

Partnerships among Youth Advocates: Supporting Adolescent Transition into Smart Health Consumers
- Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO


Testosterone: Screening Older Men
- Temple University School of Medicine Family Practice Board Review Course, Lancaster, PA

AAFP's Choosing Wisely Update: How to Help Your Patients Choose Wisely
- AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX), Orlando, FL

The Art of Blogging
- Georgetown University / Family Medicine Education Consortium Health and Media Workshop, Washington, DC

Advantages and Pitfalls of Online Medical Information for Physicians and Patients
- American College of Medical Quality Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

Integrated Training for Population Health and Prevention in Medical Education
- Teaching Prevention 2016, Albuquerque, NM


Are Your Patients Choosing Wisely?
- Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference on Practice Improvement, Dallas, TX

How Care Teams Can Support Shared Decision-Making in Primary Care
- Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Team Care Challenge, Washington, DC

The Connections and Disconnections of Science and Policy
- Association of Health Care Journalists Workshop on Evidence-Based Medicine, Washington, DC

Evaluating the Evidence for Choosing Wisely in Primary Care Using the Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy (SORT)
- Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference, Bethesda, MD

Men's Health Forum: Preventive Practices
- American College of Cardiology, Washington, DC

Politics of Prevention
- Fundamentals of Clinical Preventive Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Choosing Wisely: Preventive Medicine Pearls
- Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Preventive Medicine Residency

Choosing Wisely: Pearls for Primary Care Physicians
- District of Columbia Academy of Family Physicians

The Physician's Perspective on Consumer Health Technology
- International Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, NV


Cancer Screening: An Updated Primer for Journalists
- National Press Foundation's Cancer Issues 2014, Washington, DC

Lung and Bronchial Cancer
- American Academy of Family Physicians Assembly, Washington, DC

Policy and Funding for Preventive Care Programs
- Georgetown University Health Systems, Policy, and Public Health Elective


CT Screening for Lung Cancer: Evaluating the Evidence
- National Capital Consortium Family Medicine Residency, Fort Belvoir, VA

Thinking Like An Editor
- Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, Baltimore, MD

Politics of HIV Testing
- Georgetown University School of Medicine

Burnout Prevention for Healthcare Professionals
- Teaching Prevention 2013, Washington, DC

Evidence-Based Literature Searching: A Primer
- National Capital Consortium Family Medicine Residency, Fort Belvoir, VA

Less is More: New Approaches to Cancer Screening in Primary Care
- Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, Maryland


Science and Public Policy in Conflict: PSA Screening
- Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Fall Policy Seminar

Screening Mammography for Women in their 40s: Exploring the Controversy
- National Capital Area Regional Breast Healthcare Improvement Initiative

Why You Should Stop Screening Patients for Prostate Cancer
- Ephrata (PA) Community Hospital Grand Rounds

Identifying and Using Good Practice Guidelines
- Temple University School of Medicine Family Practice Board Review Course


Cancer Screening: A Primer for Journalists
- National Press Foundation's Cancer Issues 2011, Washington, DC

What to Do When Screening Guidelines Conflict: HIV and Mammography
- Grand Rounds, Georgetown University Department of Family Medicine

Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health
- William J. Bicknell Lecture (panelist)
- Boston University School of Public Health

For Geeks and Geezers: With Social Media Skills You Can Change the World
- Family Medicine Education Consortium Northeast Region Meeting

Screening for Diabetes: What Does the Evidence Say?
- Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities of Washington, DC

Don't Do It! Preventive Health Services That Harm More Than They Help
- District of Columbia Academy of Family Physicians

Using the Medical Literature to Make Decisions About Preventive Health Services
- Medical Library Association Annual Meeting

2008 - 2010

Medical Blogging and Other Professional Uses of Social Media
- Grand Rounds, Virginia Commonwealth University Internal Medicine

Spilling Ink: An Expert's Guide to Getting Your Work Published
- Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Meeting