Agenda At-a-Glance

Agenda At-a-Glance
Detailed Agenda
  • Sunday, May 22 (Pre-Conference)

    8:00 am – 5:00 pm Pre-Conference  Workshops 

  • Monday, May 23 (Pre-Conference)

    8:00 am – 5:00 pm Pre-Conference Workshops

    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Anchor & Caduceus Dinner Reception (cash bar)

    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Anchor & Caduceus Dinner: Dr. Richard Southby, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, George Washington University

  • Tuesday, May 24 (Opening Day)

    5:30 am – 9:00 am APFT and Surgeon General’s 5K Run/Walk

    9:00 am – 3:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open (Breakfast at 9 am)

    10:00 am – 11:00 am Opening Ceremonies

    11:00 am – 11:45 am Plenary: Dr. Leana Wen, George Washington University, Milken Institute, School of Public Health

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm COA General Meeting and Awards

    1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Exclusive Exhibit Hall Time

    3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Luther Terry Lecture: RADM Richard Childs, MD, USPHS, Clinical Director National Heart Lung Blood Institute-NIH, United States Assistant Surgeon General

    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Keynotes: ADM Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary for Health; VADM Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General; RADM Denise Hinton, Deputy U.S. Surgeon General; and CAPT Richard Schobitz, Director of Commissioned Corps Headquarters

    6:15 pm – 7:00 pm Reception (Cash Bar)

    7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Ensemble Concert

  • Wednesday, May 25 (Category Day)

    7:00 am – 8:00 am Retired Officers Breakfast

    8:00 am – 11:00 am Category Day (breakfast in category rooms)

    9:00 am – 1:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open

    11:00 am – 1:00 pm Exclusive Exhibit Hall Time

    1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Category Day

  • Thursday, May 26 (Closing Day)

    7:00 am – 9:00 am MOLC Breakfast and Awards Ceremonies

    7:00 am – 9:00 am JOAG General Meeting

    9:15 am – 10:00 am Keynote:

    VADM (ret.) Richard Carmona, Chief of Health Innovations, Canyon Ranch; Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona

    10:00 am – 12:00 pm Scientific Track Sessions​

    12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch on your own

    1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Scientific Track Sessions


Detailed Pre-Conference Agenda
  • Sunday, May 22, 2022

    8:00 AM – 12:00 Basic Life Support (BLS) Recertification: CAPT Jane Kreis

    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS): CAPT Robin Hunter Buskey

    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Naloxone Opioid Overdose Reversal Training: LCDR Joshua Hunt

    3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Basic Life Support (BLS) On-Demand Trainings: CAPT Jane Kreis

  • Monday, May 23, 2022

    8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Naloxone Ovedose Reversal Training: LCDR Joshua Hunt

    8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Advancing the Health and Safety of our Nation by Developing Effective and Culturally Relevant Partnerships: CDR Luz Rivera; LCDR Rodrigo Chavez

    8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Testing* CAPT Robin Hunter Buskey (*Pre-requisite, must attend Sunday’s training session)

    8:00 AM – 4:30 PM APhA Pharmacist & Patient Center Diabetes Care Certificate Program: CDR Kimberly Langley; LCDR Kat Vodovoz; Dr. MaryJo Zunic; Dr. Tony Albert

    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Retirement Seminar (Agenda)

    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Interagency Leadership Training: Dr. Richard Southby; Dr. Josef Reum; RADM (ret.) Boris Lushniak; RADM David Goldman; Lt. Genl. (ret.) Jay Silveria

    10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Basic Life Support (BLS) On-Demand Trainings: CAPT Jane Kreis

    12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Inter-category Deployment Readiness and Clinical Skills Training: CDR Clara Stevens; CDR Charles Rainey; CDR Robert Van Meir; LT Regena Hardy; CDR James Patterson

    1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Addressing a Public Health Crisis – Racism in Medicine: CDR Witzard Seide; 2d Lt. Monnique Johnson; Dr. Althea Green

    1:00 PM – 5:00 PM The Opener – An introduction to LGBTQ+ Cultural Competence and Humility in the Workplace and Clinic: LT Lee Ryder; CDR Luz Rivera; LCDR Angela McClendon; LCDR Candice Karber; CDR Nicole Gaskin-Laniyan

    1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Basic Life Support (BLS) Recertification: CAPT Jane Kreis

    6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Reception Anchor & Caduceus Dinner Cocktail Hour (Cash Bar)

    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Meal Anchor & Caduceus Dinner: Health Equity: why it is important: Dr. Edmond Baker, Jr., Medical Director, Equality Health

Category Day

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Category Day is a full day dedicated to each of the 11 professional categories of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. Non-PHS officers are also encouraged to attend and earn continuing education credits. Symposium category agendas are formed in conjunction with symposium leadership through committees led by Category Representatives appointed by each Chief Professional Officer (CPO). Please find the 2022 agendas below. The 2023 agendas will be posted as they become available.

Category Agendas

Scientific Program

Thursday, May 11, 2023

The Symposium’s Scientific Track Sessions focus on the measurable impacts achieved by USPHS Commissioned Corps officers and our public health partners and how these efforts advance the health and safety of our nation. These sessions of the COF Symposium are distinct in that selected presentations must demonstrate adherence to scientific methodology. While any topic relevant to the Symposium theme is welcome, all submitted abstracts must include a background section, structured methodology, and include clear results (or lessons learned), and conclusions or recommendations for future policy, programs, clinical practice, or research.

Track Agenda
medic wearing PPE and drawing a solution into a needle

The Surgeon General’s 5K Run/Walk

Tuesday, May 9, 2023 5:30 AM – 9:00 AM



Join us for the Surgeon General’s 5K!

The in-person SG5K race, location to be determined, will occur on Tuesday, May 9 at 6:15 am. There is no cost to participate and all participants in Tulsa will receive a free T-shirt for participating in the run. Check back later for registration information.


To be determined
Tulsa, OK



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Continuing Education

Information regarding sessions approved for CE will be posted as it becomes available.

Claiming Credit:
Anyone wishing to claim continuing education will need to scan into their sessions using the QR code on their badge. Please scan in within 5 minutes of the start of each session to be counted as present for it. To view or print your badge, follow the instructions here. You must also fill out the Symposium Evaluation and include your name and email address.

Conference Evaluation

Dental – Up to 28 hours of continuing education have been approved. Details to follow. Session Eligibility and Instructions

Dietitian – Up to 5.5 CPEU’s were approved and only include Category day. The evaluation form was provided onsite the day of and had to be submitted before leaving at the end of the day.

Engineer – Up to 11.25 hours of continuing education have been approved. Session Eligibility
– Please remember to scan in at the beginning of each session
– You must answer your two questions correctly for each session attended to receive credit for that session.

Environmental Health – Up to 11.75 hours of continuing education have been approved. Session Eligibility
– Please remember to scan in at the beginning of each session
– You must answer your two questions correctly for each session attended to receive credit for that session.

Nurse, Pharmacist, Physician

Credit Claiming Instructions

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Session Disclosures
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health. FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 25 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit(s) for learning and change.

FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research designates this live activity for a maximum of 25.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CPE – This knowledge-based activity has been assigned ACPE Universal Activity Number JA0002895-0000-22-053-L04-P, and ACPE Universal Activity Number JA0002895-0000-22-053-L04-T for 22.25 contact hour(s).

CNE – FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research designates this activity for 22.75 contact hour(s).

Requirements for Receiving CE Credit
Physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and those claiming non-physician CME: participants must attest to their attendance and complete the final activity evaluation via the CE Portal ( For multi-day activities, participants must attest to their attendance and complete the faculty evaluation each day. Final activity evaluations must be completed within two weeks after the activity – no exceptions.

Attention Pharmacists and Pharmacy Techs: Failure to provide your correct NABP AND Date of Birth information, in the required format, may result in the loss of credit for this activity. NABP profile number should be the 6-7 digit profile number assigned by the CPE Monitor and your birth date should be in the MMDD format (e.g. 0721) Do not provide your pharmacy license number. Please click the “My Account” tab and then navigate to “Edit Contact Information” to verify that your information is correct.

Important Note regarding completion of evaluations and receiving credit

Attendees have until June 24, 2022 to log in, complete the required evaluation(s) and attest to your attendance to claim credit. Physicians and nurses may then view/print statement of credit. Pharmacists should log into the CPE monitor 8 weeks after the last session of the activity to obtain their CE credit.

Credit Claiming Instructions

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Social Work
This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886441607-3730) for 21.5 continuing education contact hours.

Therapist – 4.75 in person CEU hours and 2 poster CEU hours from

– New Mexico Board of Physical Therapy
– The Maryland Boards of Occupational Therapy & the Maryland Board of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology
– The Oklahoma Board of Respiratory Therapy

To claim credit/fill out the CE Evaluation visit:

Veterinary – Up to 21.5 credit hours have been approved by RACE for this program.

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