Essentials 2020

October 16-17, 2020 – Virtual Meeting

The 2020 virtual Addiction Medicine Essentials Conference, will focus on health inequities, particularly racial inequities, in SUD prevention, treatment and policy. Join us to hear from Dr. Jessica Isom, Dr. Jill Williams and Victor Armstrong as we identify and explore barriers to health equity in addiction medicine.

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Draft Program

Health Disparities in Substance Use disorder prevention, treatment and policy

October 16

Opening Plenary [8:00AM - 10:00AM]

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Basic Concepts of Addiction Medicine – Dr. James Finch
  • Illuminating Injustice: Racial Inequities in Addiction Medicine – Dr. Jessica Isom

Morning Break [10:00AM - 10:15AM]

Morning Plenary [10:15AM - 12:00PM]

  • Explicit and Implicit Bias in Healthcare/State Update on Addressing Racial Health Inequities – Victor Armstrong, Director of DMHDDSAS
  • Updates in Treating Tobacco Dependence in Mental Health Settings – Dr. Jill Williams

Lunch and Exhibitor Showcase [12:00PM - 12:30PM]

Afternoon Plenary [12:30 - 1:30PM]

  • Harm Reduction For All: A Life-Saving, Cost Effective Intervention – Drs. Shuchin Shukla and Bayla Ostrach

Afternoon Break [1:30PM - 1:45PM]

Afternoon Concurrent Workshops [1:45PM - 3:45PM]

  • Buprenorphine: Updates and Case Based Discussion – Drs. Kelly Fedoriw and Robyn Jordan
  • Addiction Medicine 101: Core Knowledge and Skills – Drs. J. Paul Martin and Michael Baca-Atlas
  • Common Medical Issues in Patients with Substance Use Disorders – Dr. Shuchin Shukla

October 17

Morning Plenary [8:30AM - 10:15AM]

  • Public Health and Epidemiology Update: NC Drug Overdose Data Update and State Measures – Scott Proescholdbell, MPH and Sindhu Shamasunder, MPH
  • Methamphetamine 2020 – Richard A. Rawson, PhD

Morning Break [10:15AM - 10:30AM]

Morning Concurrent Workshops [10:30AM - 12:30PM]

  • Perinatal Substance Use Disorder: Reviewing Clinical Guidelines – Melinda Ramage, BSN, MSN, FNP-BC
  • Defining Clinical Expectations in MAT Setting/Harm Reduction – Drs. James Finch and Jamie Carter, and Scott Leutgenau, MSW
  • Cannabis (CBD/THC) Essentials: Pharmacology, Medical Evidence, and Legal Program Reality – Dr. Edgar Alfonso Romero-Sandoval 
  • OTP Closed Session: Cardiac Complications Associated with Methadone: QTc Prolongation and Torsades de Pointes – Drs. Williams Maddox and Eric Morse

Lunch and Exhibitor Showcase [12:30PM - 1:00PM]

Afternoon Plenary [1:00PM - 2:00PM]

  • Maintaining Wellness in Light of COVID-19 – Dr. Clark Gaither

Afternoon Break [2:00PM - 2:15PM]

Afternoon Concurrent Workshops [2:15PM - 4:15PM]

  • Motivational Interviewing – Drs. Roy Stein and Sebastian Kaplan
  • Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders and Mental Illness: Case Based Discussion – Drs. Ashwin Patkar and Thomas Penders
  • ABCs of Pain – Drs. James Finch and Steven Prakken

Physician Registration

Payment processes through – $150

Non-Physician Registration

Payment processes through – $120

Single Day Registration

Payment processes through – $80


Speakers and Planning Committee

Ashwin Patkar, MD, MRCPsych, DFASAM

Bayla Ostrach, PhD

Clark Gaither, MD

Edgar Alfonso Romero Sandoval, MD

Eric Morse, MD

J. Paul Martin, MD

James Finch, MD

Jamie Carter, MD, MPH

Jessica Isom, MD, MPH

Jill Williams, MD

Kelly Bossenbroek Fedoriw, MD

Mel Ramage, MSN, FNP-BC, CARN-AP

Michael Baca-Atlas, MD

Richard Rawson, PhD

Robyn Jordan, MD

Roy Stein, MD

Scott Luetgenau, MSW, LCAS

Scott Proescholdbell, MPH

Sebastian Kaplan, PhD

Shukla Shuchin, MD, MPH

Sindhu Shamasunder, MPH

Steven Prakken, MD

Thomas Penders, MS, MD, DLFAPA

Victor Armstrong, MSW

Thank you for your support


Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services

Division of Public Health

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration


North Carolina Society of Addiction Medicine

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