2023 Agenda At-a-Glance

Agenda At-a-Glance
2023 Detailed Agenda Coming Soon
  • Sunday, May 7 (Pre-Conference)

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

  • Monday, May 8 (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: Speaker bio coming soon

  • Tuesday, May 9 (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 – 10:45 am Opening Ceremonies

    10:45 am – 11:00 am Break

    11:00 am – 12:00 pm Luther Terry Lecture: Dr. Katelyn Jetelina, PhD, MPH, “Your Local Epidemiologist”

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

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

    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Leadership 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

    5:15 pm – 6:15 pm Reception (Cash Bar)

    6:30 pm – 7:30 pm World Premier, PBS Documentary “The Invisible Corps”

    7:30-8:30 – Surgeon General’s Ensemble Concert featuring Guest Conductor George King III, MUCS, USCG (Retired), composer of the PHS March

  • Wednesday, May 10 (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 11 (Closing Day)

    7:00 am – 8:30 am JOAG Breakfast and Awards Ceremonies

    8:40 am -9:45 am Chief Professional Officer Updates

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

    12:00 pm – 1:30 pm MOLC Luncheon

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


Detailed Pre-Conference Agenda
  • Sunday, May 7, 2023 8 am-5 pm

    8:00 am – 5:00 pm Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Training

    8:00 am – 12:00 pm Basic Life Support (BLS) Training

    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Opioid Overdose Response and Naloxone Training

  • Monday, May 8, 2023 8 am-5 pm

    8:00 am – 5:00 pm Retirement Seminar

    8:00 am – 5:00 pm Leadership Seminar

    8:00 am – 5:00 pm Health Equity Seminar

    8:00 am – 5:00 pm CPH Exam Review Session

    8:00 am – 12:00 pm Promotion Preparation Workshop

    8:00 am – 12:00 pm Opioid Overdoes Response and Naloxone Training

    1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Implementing the Workplace Mental Health and Well- Being Framework

    1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Basic Life Support (BLS) Training

    1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Military Customs, Courtesies, and Culture

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.

2022 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. The 2023 agenda is coming soon.

2022 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.

APFT – Officers will be given the opportunity to perform their annual physical fitness test during this time. Upper body, core endurance, and flexibility will be scored before the SG 5K commences. Your run score will be recorded at the 1.5 mile mark along the 5K.


To be determined
Tulsa, OK

View 2022 Race Photos

Continuing Education

Information regarding sessions approved for CE will for 2023 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 will be posted when it is available.

Dental – Up to 28 hours of continuing education were approved for 2022.

Dietitian – Up to 5.5 CPEU’s were approved for 2022.

Engineer – Up to 11.25 hours of continuing education were approved for 2022.
– 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 were approved for 2022.
– 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

Social Work

This program was Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886441607-3730) for 21.5 continuing education contact hours in 2022.

Therapist – In 2022 4.75 in person CEU hours and 2 poster CEU hours were approved 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

Veterinary – Up to 21.5 credit hours were approved by RACE for this program in 2022.

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