Essentials 2021

October 22-23, 2021 – Virtual

More information regarding the 2021 Virtual Addiction Medicine Essentials Conference will be posted in the coming days. Please stay tuned.

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2020 Program

Past Conference Program – 2020 Addiction Medicine Essentials

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

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