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URMC to Host Disabilities Health Conference

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The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) will host the 2019 annual conference of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD). The event, the preeminent conference for physicians, dentists, and other providers who treat patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will take place from May 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester.

The conference, in its 17th year, typically draws about 400 people.

Annual medical conferences often center on the latest research in the field, but AADMD has always focused on being a resource for health care provider training and education, said Stephen Sulkes, M.D., president of AADMD and professor of Pediatrics at URMC.

“Most of our members are clinicians, and so the annual conference is really about disseminating information on what is working clinically,” said Sulkes. “It’s really about education, and showing how to help practitioners get more comfortable working with patients with disabilities.”

AADMD, founded in 2002, provides a forum for healthcare professionals who provide clinical care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information on AADMD, visit