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Pacific Coast Region NMRA
Daylight Express 2017 PCR Convention

April 19 – 23, 2017
Bakersfield, California


Clinics

Co-Chairs
Bruce Morden & Mike O'Brien
dx2017clinics@pcrnmra.org

The Daylight Express 2017 clinic program will feature presentations by talented modelers, authors, and experts in every field of model railroading. The clinics will vary in presentation style and some will include hands-on learning. We've lined up presenters from all over the PCR and even a few from beyond. Whatever your interest, we'll have the clinic for you.

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Clinics & Presenters

Please note this list is TENTATIVE and subject to change without notice.

So far, we have these clinics and presenters lined up: (as of: )


Building and Operating a Model Railroad in a Middle School Classroom
Jeff Allen
Friday
10:30 AM
Sierra Room
Saturday
10:30 AM
Nevada Room – Added 3/16/17
Every aspect of designing, building and operating a model railroad is rich with opportunities to learn - about engineering, manufacturing, electronics, commerce, history, carpentry, metalworking, architecture, geology, botany, culture, signaling - the list is endless. I teach middle school math and I thought other model railroaders would be interested to see how vivid classroom lessons become when framed by an operating scale model of the "real world." I'll also discuss some of the unique design and operating constraints that make this layout distinct.
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3D Printing Freight Cars at Home
Robert Bowdidge
Friday
2:30 PM
Sierra Room
High-quality 3D printers have become cheap and common enough to be available for a well-equipped workshop. These modern printers produce models that approach the detail of resin kits, and can make parts that could not be produced in resin or injection molding in a single piece. For modelers who need many copies of a car, these printers give us a way to mass-produce freight cars that aren't available commercially.

In this clinic, I'll share my experiences mass-producing freight cars at home. I'll highlight three cars I've built, SP's Hart convertible gondolas, CS-35 flat cars, and 1902-era Battleship gondolas. I'll describe how I created the designs for these cars from photos and plans, tuned the design for model constraints, and adjusted the design for reliable and quick printing. I'll also share my experiences selling these models commercially, and talk about the challenges and opportunities for small-scale manufacturing of uncommon cars.

Although most of my experience is based around one particular printer (Form One from Formlabs), my experiences are applicable for folks using similar printers, or sending parts away to Shapeways for printing.
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3D Printing
Jack Burgess, MMR #136
Saturday
10:30 AM
Sierra Room
This clinic will explain how to use the free 3D drawing program SketchUp to make drawings and then get parts reproduced using 3D printing technology. The clinic will show parts which have been “printed” and samples will also be passed around. Video computer screen grabs will show how parts can be drawn in 3D using SketchUp. There will also be information on how to upload a SketchUp file to Shapeways to be printed. A 5-page handout is available at www.yosemitevalleyrr.com/clinics.
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Modeling Ideas for Southern Pacific C-77-1, -2 & -3 Chair Cars
Jeff Cauthen
Friday
1:00 PM
Sierra Room   NEW
Friday
4:00 PM
Sierra Room
This clinic will include photos of the prototype, the models and descriptions of detailing tips and techniques.
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NEW!   Freight Car Tune-Up Tips
Bob Chaparro
Wednesday
8:30 PM
Rosedale Room – This clinic may start at 9:00 PM to accommodate attendees returning from the Welcome Reception
The purpose of this PowerPoint clinic is to help you enjoy the hobby more through tips for making your freight cars operate more reliably. Topics to be covered include tools, techniques and materials, plus standards, wheels, trucks, couplers, suspension, weights, center of gravity and testing.
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Citrus Industry Operations
Bob Chaparro
Thursday
10:30 AM
Sierra Room
This clinic covers railroad perishable operations with an emphasis on the Southern California citrus industry, including refrigerator car preparation, loading, in-transit servicing, routing and delivery. We also will touch on packing houses, how a perishable train is assembled, support facilities, mechanical vs. ice bunker cars, what is done with returning refrigerator cars and railroad traffic and operations which support citrus traffic. The presentation will focus on the years 1910 to 1971.
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Modeling the Southern California Citrus Industry
Bob Chaparro
Thursday
1:00 PM
Sierra Room
This clinic will explain the role of the railroads in developing the Southern California citrus industry and the industry's role in shaping railroad activities. Attendees will be shown how to model citrus industry elements and citrus-related railroad facilities. Suggestions will be presented for simulating citrus traffic operations on model railroads, doing research and exploring resources. The scope will be the steam and steam-diesel transition era.
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Structure Roofing Materials
Dave Connery, MMR #551
Wednesday
1:00 PM
Sierra Room – Added 3/16/17
Saturday
9:00 AM
Nevada Room
How to produce effective looking roofs based on prototype samples and employing a variety of materials and finishing techniques. The clinic will cover corrugated metal, ribbed seam and sheet copper materials, wood shingles and shakes, and tar paper and composition roofing materials with examples of what finished roofs can look like with each of these materials.
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Structure Siding Materials
Dave Connery, MMR #551
Wednesday
2:30 PM
Sierra Room – Added 3/16/17
Saturday
1:00 PM
Nevada Room
How to produce effective looking building walls based on prototype samples and employing a variety of materials and finishing techniques. The clinic will cover wood, stucco, brick, metal forms, and cast concrete using both native materials and cast styrene, with examples of what finished structure wall surfaces can look like with each of these materials.
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A Cheap and Easy Automatic Block Signal System
Dennis Drury
Wednesday
4:00 PM
Nevada Room
Friday
10:30 AM
Nevada Room
This clinic will show you just how easy and cheap it can be to install a fully functional and prototypical Automatic Block Signal system on your layout. It will describe the principles of ABS systems and the open source hardware needed to prototypically signal any layout.

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Modeling and Detailing Citrus Groves
Neil Fernbaugh
Thursday
4:00 PM
Sierra Room
While there are a number of citrus packing shed kits and plans available, the kinds of details a modeler can find for the groves themselves are scarce. Using our 100 year old citrus ranch as an example, and drawing on photos of vintage equipment, I hope to add a grower's perspective to modeling the citrus industry. This presentation will show what trees and details are available commercially, and suggest some ways you can scratch build your own trees and grove details and equipment. I'll try to allow enough time for some hands-on tree building after the presentation.
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Easy Freight Car Weathering 1-2-3
Michael Gross MRH-Jan-2017 Cover photo
Friday
2:30 PM
Nevada Room
Saturday
1:00 PM
Sierra Room
Basic freight car weathering made simple using a variety of tools and techniques – from airbrushing to rattle cans; from wet mediums to dry – three simple steps that can transform your ready-to-run freight car into a seasoned veteran. (An expanded version of Michael’s article may be found in the January 2017 issue of Model Railroad Hobbyist.)

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Detail and Paint Espee AC4400CW #378
Ed Hall, MMR #242
Wednesday
2:30 PM
Nevada Room
Using the Athearn model, the focus will be detailing and paint techniques used to make a worthy master-detailed model. Ed has had an interest in the Southern Pacific since moving to Bakersfield in the late 1970’s, he has been building models since the age of 5 years old. He achieved his MMR certificate in 1994.
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Basic Airbrushing
Ed Hall, MMR #242
Wednesday
7:00 PM
Nevada Room
Ed will discuss the use of the airbrush, taping tips, and paint used to make a professional paint job.
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Detail and Paint a 1941 Lark Passenger Train
Ed Hall, MMR #242
Thursday
7:00 PM
Nevada Room
Ed will discuss adding additional detailing to a Coach Yard brass passenger train. He will also discuss the best paint and decals available to make a realistic passenger train.
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Painting an Espee Cab Ahead
Ed Hall, MMR #242
Thursday
8:30 PM
Nevada Room
Ed will share his masterful painting techniques to enhance this signature Southern Pacific class of locomotives.
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An Introduction to the Modular Signaling System
Jere Ingram
Friday
7:00 PM
Sierra Room
This clinic is directed towards a description and discussion of the recently published (Internet) standard on the Modular Signaling System (MSS). It includes a demonstration of this approach in a Free-mo module.
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NEW!   West is West, Well, Maybe Not!
Tommy Johnson
Wednesday
7:00 PM
Rosedale Room
This clinic discusses train operation, schedule numbering, Mile Post numbering, how and why direction is established, how it effects the operation of the trains, superiority of trains, etc., and some odd ball situations on the SP and Santa Fe plus stories about the same, ... but it would primarily deal with why Timetable Direction has nothing to do with Compass Direction.
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Recollections of a Fireman on SP San Joaquin Division in 1952-1953
Tommy Johnson
Thursday
2:30 PM
Sierra Room
Friday
9:00 AM
Sierra Room
Retired engineer brings to life his experiences firing SP steam engines, from tiny narrow gauge engines in Owens Valley to “Mallets” on the mountain, the Tehachapi earthquake and other stories.
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How Signals Work: A Live Signal Demonstration
Jim Jury
Friday
 
Included with Tehachapi Loop Tour only - Ticket sales are now CLOSED! as of 4/7/17.
Have you ever wondered how a semaphore works or what makes a wig-wag wag? Then this clinic is for you. Included will be exploring the inner workings of the signals. We will be exploring many different signals including 3 semaphores – a lower quadrant SP style B, a Santa Fe Union Switch & Signal P2 upper quadrant, and a Northern Pacific GRS semaphore – an H2 searchlight signal, a Pennsylvania position signal, and several crossing signals including an electric flagman wig wag and a Griswold rotating stop sign. There are over a dozen signals to explore.

NOTE: This clinic is only offered as part of the Tehachapi Loop Bus Tour on Friday. See the Outside Activities webpage for more information.

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Planning and Developing the State Belt
Bill Kaufman
CANCELLED
4/17/17
 
A clinic on the ideas that went into creating a 12’ x 12’ layout based on the San Francisco waterfront. It discusses some of the goals and how they were implemented. Operations are a major focus, as is recreating the environment that the railroad operated in.
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Packing Houses of the Southern San Joaquin Valley
Jim Lancaster
Thursday
9:00 AM
Sierra Room
This is a photo presentation on the entire Eastside Lines (SP and AT&SF) from Locans (south of Fresno) to Edison and Arvin (southeast of Bakersfield) In addition to packing houses, it includes some background on passenger and freight operations along those lines.
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Sage Brush Armature Trees, HO to G scale - Hands-on Clinic - $5.00 materials fee
Lloyd Lehrer
Thursday
10:30 AM
Nevada Room
This is a guided do-it-yourself clinic where you will select a sage brush armature, learn how to cover it in polyester fiber fill material and cover it with a choice of ground foam ‘leaves’. It is more about getting in touch with your creative energy. It is a slow process that can be very rewarding for most; and very frustrating for some that can’t see the trees through the forest. Materials and techniques provided, but you supply the fingers and the creative juices.

NOTE: A $5.00 materials fee needs to be paid at the door. Please no onlookers, paid attendees only.
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Furnace Filter Fir Trees, N to O scale - Hands-on Clinic - $5.00 materials fee
Lloyd Lehrer
Thursday
1:00 PM
Nevada Room
This is a guided do-it-yourself clinic where you will learn how to, and make, your own 8’-16’ high green fir trees in minutes. Everyone participates in making one or more trees. You will learn how to make the trunks (but the trunks will be pre-made for the class), cut and shape your branches and flock your branches in the color and density you want. Tools, directions and advice are supplied, but you make the trees.

NOTE: A $5.00 materials fee needs to be paid at the door. Please no onlookers, paid attendees only.
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NEW!   Detailing Wood for Structures and Rolling Stock
Frank Markovich, MMR #514
Wednesday
8:30 PM
Nevada Room
Adding detail to wood is more than just adding grain detail and nail holes. This clinic will cover methods and techniques to add that detail that makes a model come to life. Texture is more than grain detail. Some of the topics: How to add grain detail easily, how to bring that detail to life, how do peeling paint (a few methods), tools needed, knot holes, rotting boards, etc.

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Static Grass
Wayne Maynard
Thursday
2:30 PM
Nevada Room
Wayne will share some techniques that he has learned at his club layout, including a moving ground and how to get a realistic look of grass by using multiple colors, different lengths, applying in multiple layers and varying density. Depending on time, you may get an opportunity to practice putting grass down.
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Modeling Petaluma's Water Street
Ed Merrin
Saturday
2:30 PM
Sierra Room
The recreation of 1958 on the Northwestern Pacific continues with prototype research, selective compression, and lots of scratchbuilding in order to bring Petaluma's Water Street area to life. The result is a riverfront scene with old warehouses turned into businesses, street running, and switching for the P&SR.
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Layout Photography
Ed Merrin
Saturday
9:00 AM
Sierra Room
The author shares concepts, techniques, and common problems inherent in photographing model railroad layouts. He will discuss different styles and concepts as they have evolved over time, technical issues, such as lighting, depth of field, and composition, and choices of equipment. Sharing of ideas and experiences will be encouraged.
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Quintessential California: Modeling Eucalyptus Trees
Bruce Morden
Thursday
9:00 AM
Nevada Room
You see them everywhere in California, so if you are modeling here, you need some. Clinic will include photos of the real trees and techniques and materials for modeling these ubiquitous trees from Australia. Some hands-on for attendees.

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Layout Design and Operations SIG Round Table Discussions
Seth Neumann, Moderator
Thursday
7:00 PM
Sierra Room
Thursday
8:30 PM
Sierra Room
An opportunity for SIG members (and those interested in learning more about Layout Design and Operations — membership not required to attend) to introduce themselves and their interests. The format is a round of introductions, followed by moderated discussions on topics offered by the group. The first 90 minutes focuses on Layout Design issues and the second 90 minutes on operations issues. Bring your plans and mockups to share with the group! All convention attendees are welcome!
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Lighting Your Layout with LED Tape
Chris Palermo
Thursday
4:00 PM
Nevada Room
Learn how to light your layout with cool, low-power, inexpensive LED strip (tape) lighting. This clinic will cover selecting LED materials, based on color temperature and other factors, power and connectors, wiring, mounting techniques, height, angle of dispersion and other issues. A 48" x 18" scenicked demonstration module will allow you to see how LEDs of different colors actually appear in a layout setting.

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Exploring Layout Command Control (LCC)
David Parks
Saturday
2:30 PM
Nevada Room
David Parks is an experienced modeler who has installed one of America's largest and most complex LCC deployments in his extensive operations-oriented home layout. His clinic will describe how and what he learned about LCC in sourcing components, installing and programming them, including thoughts about the new NMRA standard and the future of LCC. Join this clinic for a thorough treatment of how LCC has been applied to a large home layout today.
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Designing and Building a Portable Switching Layout
MR 2016 Cover photo Bob Pethoud
Thursday
10:00 AM
Kern River Room
Thursday
  3:30 PM
Kern River Room
Friday
  2:00 PM
Kern River Room
The story of Bob's Fall Creek Branch HO scale portable model railroad, from design through construction. In less than half the area of a 4'x8' sheet of plywood, you can have a fully-functioning model of an industrial yard, requiring hours of daily switching by the way freight. The clinic will cover track plan, benchwork, trackwork, wiring, scenery, and structures. These are 25 minutes clinics with limited audience who will be standing for the 25 minutes.

The Fall Creek Branch was featured in the March 2016 issue of Model Railroader magazine.
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NEW!   Operating the Fall Creek Branch HO Scale Portable Switching Layout
Bob Pethoud MR 2016 Cover photo
Thursday
  2:00 PM
Kern River Room
Friday
10:00 AM
Kern River Room
Friday
  3:30 PM
Kern River Room
Fall Creek duplicates the operation of a way freight at the end of a branch line, with multiple set outs and pick ups required by each switch list. The clinic will cover basic switching maneuvers, prototype practices, and creating a sequence of switch lists. Then you get to work the way freight. These are 25 minutes clinics with limited audience who will be standing for the 25 minutes.

The Fall Creek Branch was featured in the March 2016 issue of Model Railroader magazine.
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NEW!   LCC: A Non-Technical Introduction and Overview
Balazs Racz & Stuart Baker
Wednesday
4:00 PM
Sierra Room
Layout Command Control (LCC) is an emerging NMRA standard for the control of model railroads. A non-technical explanation of what LCC is and what benefits it can bring to the hobby will be provided. Topics covered include:
  • Defining what LCC is (...and is not)
  • The benefits of LCC, also in comparison with other / proprietary systems
  • Basic concepts and capabilities of LCC
  • Overview of available and upcoming products
  • Summary of the current state of LCC as well as a vision for the future
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NEW!   LCC - Building Your Own Layout
Balazs Racz & Stuart Baker
Wednesday
8:30 PM
Sierra Room
This clinic shows the practical side of LCC, and familiarizes the audience with the products, wiring and tools needed to set up a layout. We do this in the most pragmatic manner possible: we will walk in through the door with a box of off-the-shelf components and wires, and walk out with a functional layout section. We’ll set up basic layout control like throwing turnouts, fascia panels, and JMRI control, as well as more advanced features like blocks detection, railroad crossings and ABS signaling.
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NEW!   LCC - OpenLCB Users' Group Meeting
Balazs Racz & Stuart Baker
Friday
8:30 PM
Sierra Room
The OpenLCB group is a research and development organization of volunteers that develops communication standards and protocols for model railroad control. Once an OpenLCB standard has been developed and vetted through multiple prototype implementations, it becomes a candidate for adoption into the accepted NMRA LCC standards. The acceptance process includes a comment period that is open to the public.

The purpose of this meeting is to present to members of the public the work that is ongoing within the OpenLCB organization. One of OpenLCB's goals is to be thinking many years into the future in terms of model railroad control technology. During this meeting, the public has an opportunity to provide feedback as well as propose new ideas to be investigated. This meeting also provides an opportunity to meet some of the individuals behind OpenLCB and LCC, as well as a networking opportunity for those individuals who would like to become more involved as volunteers themselves. The discussion will be both technical and nontechnical.

This session is intended to be a discussion and audience participation is highly encouraged.
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Building Brick & Stone Structures with Laser Engraved Basswood
Jimmy Simmons
Friday
9:00 AM
Nevada Room
Tips and techniques for building brick & stone structures with laser engraved basswood plus, weathering tips, important tools, and an overall understanding of how to start and finish a project.
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Weathering With Pan Pastels and Ammo of Mig
Pete Steinmetz
Friday
7:00 PM
Nevada Room
Pete will demonstrate weathering freight cars with Pan Pastels and Ammo of Mig. We will discuss researching prototype weathering. He will demonstrate effective techniques used to create realistic weathering effects with pan pastels, pigments, and washes. No airbrush will be used.
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Battery Power, Radio Control In Small Scales
Pete Steinmetz
Friday
8:30 PM
Nevada Room
We will discuss powering trains with batteries and controlling them wirelessly. All available systems will be presented. Battery selection, charging, and battery safety will be covered. We will concentrate on HOn3 – O Scale and everything in between. There will be demos.
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Wine Tank Cars
Tony Thompson
Wednesday
1:00 PM
Nevada Room – Added 3/16/17
Friday
4:00 PM
Nevada Room
This clinic represents completion of a joint project of the late Richard Hendrickson and myself. It concentrates on prototype wine tank cars, drawing on more than 100 photos of these cars from Richard’s and my collection, and also includes description of the wine business that used these cars, car operating patterns, and comments on modeling.
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Operating Two SP Layouts with Prototypical Waybills
Tony Thompson
Friday
1:00 PM
Nevada Room
The clinic describes the operations on two layouts with prototypical waybills. One layout is switching-intensive, the other is more of a bridge route. Trains on the two layouts are moved in different ways, but this clinic concentrates on car movements and the use of prototype-format waybills to route cars.
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Structure Modeling Tools for the Average Guy
Doug Wagner
Wednesday
7:00 PM
Sierra Room
This clinic is aimed toward the beginner to novice model railroader. Doug’s favorite facet of model railroading is constructing structure kits—not scratch built, but kits you purchase off the shelf at your favorite hobby shop. Doug will be the first one to admit he is not a good modeler—he just enjoys putting structure kits together. It must be because, at one time, he wanted to be an architect. Not being the best modeler, he has accumulated just about every tool available to help construct structure kits for both his home layout and the local model railroad club he belongs to. Doug will present a PowerPoint program that describes the tools he has used and others that are available to help the “average” modeler achieve good results in constructing kits for their use on model railroad layouts—even if they are just a beginner.
Basic Tools 1 Doug's structures photo Basic Tools 2
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Layout Design & Operations SIG Clinics

Need help designing your dream layout? How about operating your layout like the prototype? Of course, the Layout Design SIG and Operations SIG will have their usual track of layout design and operations-oriented clinics. We will be dedicating a room to these clinics to assist you in achieving your dreams. These clinics may be identified by the "LD-OPS SIG Track" notation on the clinics list.

Do you want to present a clinic?

If you would like to present a clinic at Daylight Express 2017, contact the Clinics Co-Chairs. We'd love to hear from you!

A convenient Clinic Presenter Information Sheet is available in two formats:

  • PDF (fill in on your computer and email to us)
  • MS Word

Thanks in advance! See you in Bakersfield.


Bruce Morden & Mike O'Brien
Clinics Co-Chairs
dx2017clinics@pcrnmra.org

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