Mercy Breast Cancer Symposium: Education and Empower

Des Moines, IA US
April 16, 2019



  • $35 for health care professionals requesting continuing education credit
  • $25 for the general public.

Registration fee includes tuition, breakfast, lunch, refreshments and educational materials.

Register by April 10, 2019 online, call (515) 222-7481, or email.


Every year Mercy Katzmann Breast Center and Mercy Cancer Center present a Breast Cancer Symposium intended for all health care professionals and individuals interested in the care of patients and families following a diagnosis of breast cancer. Up-to-date information on breast cancer awareness, diagnosis, surgical and non-surgical treatment and follow-up care is presented by providers active in caring for patients.


8 am

What’s New in the Care of the Breast Cancer Patient

Susan Beck, DO, FACOS, Medical Director, Mercy Katzmann Breast Center

8:30 am

Breast Screening Recommendations and Breast Density Assessment

Sandra Ruhs, MD, Radiologist, Mercy Medical Center

Breast screening is of vital importance since many women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history or other factors that put them at risk. 

  • Review current breast cancer screening guidelines.
  • Discuss the impact of breast density on mammography and breast cancer risk.
9:30 am

Preserving Quality of Life on Tamoxifen/Arimidex

Valerie Stratton, DO, NCMP, Family Practice, Mercy Medical Center 

Many breast cancer survivors take Tamoxifen or Arimidex as part of their breast cancer experience. 

  • Discuss the action of these medications.
  • List strategies for dealing with the side effects the medication can cause.
10:20 am


10:45 am

Living with Lymphedema  

Tammee Jo Stebbins, OTR/L, CLT, LANA, LANA Therapist, Mercy Katzmann Breast Center
Susan Beck, DO, FACOS, Medical Director, Mercy Katzmann Breast Center

Lymphedema may be caused by malformations in the lymphatic system or as a result of damage to the lymphatic system. 

  • Discuss common causes and symptoms of lymphedema.
  • Utilize treatments designed to reduce swelling and maintain the reduction.
  • Discuss how osteopathic medicine intervention can enhance the care and treatment of the patient with lymphedema.
11:45 amLunch
12:30 pm

Patient Panel

Emily Huebsch, Stefanie King, Lynda Myers, and Nicole Curry

1 pm

Cancer and Sexual Health: An Unanticipated Issue in Life After Cancer

Carrie Holmes, MD, NCMP, Family Practice, Mercy Medical Center 

Maintaining intimacy during and after a cancer diagnosis can be difficult. Yet, with an increasing number of survivors, and the key role intimacy plays in overall health, patients and providers must address “the elephant in the bedroom”.

2 pmBreak
2:20 pm

Advances in Breast Reconstruction and Plastic Surgery

Samuel Maurice, MD, FACS, FAAP, Plastic Surgeon, Mercy Medical Center

Breast reconstruction and plastic surgery can occur before or after a breast cancer diagnosis. 

  • Discuss the process of breast reconstruction before and after the operating room.
3:20 pmClosing Remarks
3:30 pmAdjourn


Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) do not have any financial relationship(s) with commercial interest companies to disclose.

  • Shirley Beaver, PhD, RN, Activity Director and Speaker
  • Susan Beck, DO, FACOS, Speaker
  • Pamela Bricker, RN, Planning Committee Member
  • Michele Craven, COTA/L, Planning Committee Member
  • Nicole Curry, Panel Member
  • Kim Carstens, RN, Planning Committee Member
  • Tessa Creglow, BS, RT(R)(N)(CT), Planning Committee Member
  • Carrie Holmes, MD, NCMP, Speaker
  • Emily Huebsch, Panel Member
  • Tracy Jurgensmeier, ARNP, Planning Committee Member
  • Stefanie King, Panel Member
  • Samuel Maurice, MD, FACS, FAAP, Speaker
  • Lynda Myers, Speaker
  • Katie Paulson, MS, RD, LD, Planning Committee Member
  • Sandra Ruhs, MD, Speaker
  • Tammee Jo Stebbins, OTR/L, CLT, Speaker and Planning Committee Member
  • Valerie Stratton, DO, NCMP, Speaker
  • Tiffany Torstenson, DO, Planning Committee Member
  • Katherine Wisnieski, RD, LD, Planning Committee Member
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.25 AOA Category 1­A
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/16/2019 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
04/16/2019 - 3:30pm CDT
Mercy Medical Center Des Moines
1111 6th Avenue
East Tower Auditorium
Des Moines, IA 50314
United States

Continuing Education Credit

  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 6.25 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity. Activity = 5.75, completion of the outcomes assessment = 0.50.


No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 6.25 AOA Category 1­A


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  • $35 for health care professionals requesting continuing education credit
  • $25 for the general public.

Registration fee includes tuition, breakfast, lunch, refreshments and educational materials.

Register by April 10, 2019 online at, call (515)222-7481, or email