Essentials 2022

October 21-22, 2022 – Virtual

Updated information regarding the 2022 Addiction Medicine Essentials Conference will be posted as available.

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2021 Addiction Medicine Essentials Program

October 22

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

  • Welcome and Overview of Themes and Objectives 
  • COVID-19 Related Updates – Dr. Erica Pettigrew
  • The New Normal: Drug Overdose Data and Studies Update – Scott Proescholdbell, MPH and Mary Beth Cox, MPH 
  • Policy Updates
    • Federal Update – Shawn Ryan, MD, MBA, ABEM, Chief Medical Officer, Brightview Health
    • State Update – Deepa Avula, MPH, Interim Director of DMHDDSAS

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

Morning Plenary [10:15AM - 11:00AM]

  • Public Health Implications of America’s Changing Cannabis Policies – Dr. Keith Humphreys

Morning Concurrent Workshops [11:00AM - 12:30PM]

  • Addiction Medicine 101 – Drs. Michael Argenyi, Heather Douglas and James Finch 
  • Harm Reduction in the Clinic: Case Discussion – Dr. Shuchin Shukla 
  • Chronic Pain with Behavioral Health Comorbidities: Case Discussion – Dr. Steven Prakken

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

Afternoon Concurrent Workshops [1:00PM - 2:30PM]

  • Buprenorphine Updates and Case Discussion – Drs. Jana Burson and Robyn Jordan 
  • Clinical Strategies for Working with Patients Who Seek Moderate Use – Dr. James Finch and Jane Finch, LCSW
  • Cannabis Essentials: Clinical Implications of the Current Cannabis Market in the US and NC – Edgar Alfonso Romero-Sandoval  

Afternoon Break [2:30PM - 2:45PM]

Afternoon Plenaries [2:45 - 4:30PM]

  • Scope of the Fentanyl Crisis – Dr. Ed Salsitz
  • Reaction and Questions on Fentanyl – Dr. Joji Suzuki
  • Psychedelics and Substance Use Disorders: Past, Present, and Future – Dr. Joji Suzuki 

October 23

Morning Plenaries [8:00AM - 9:30AM]

  • Abstinence vs Moderation: What We Know and What We Don’t Know – Dr. Ashwin Patkar 
  • Psychiatric Comorbidity: Suicidality in Setting of Chronic Pain and Addiction – Dr. Steven Prakken

Morning Break [9:30AM - 9:45AM]

Morning Plenary [9:45AM - 10:30AM]

  • Medical Comorbidity Screening for Patients with SUD: What is Reasonable? – Dr. Shuchin Shukla

Morning Concurrent Workshops [10:30AM - 12:00PM]

  • Basic/Brief Office Counseling – Dr. Roy Stei
  • Advanced Co-Occurring Case Based Discussion – Drs. Ashwin Patkar & Tom Penders
  • Advocating for Patient Care Within an OTP Corporate Structure / Part 2: Advocating for Higher Levels of Care for Patients. (This session is only available to physicians and advanced practice providers working in an OTP setting) – Eric Morse, MD (Facilitator), Jana Burson, MD and Ian Kim, MD (Part 1), Leonard Cruz, MD and Sonya Longest, MD (Part 2)  

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

Afternoon Concurrent Workshops [12:30PM - 2:00PM]

  • Addressing Problematic Substance Use Through Family Engagement in Medical Settings​ – Michael McGuire, LCSW, LCAS, LMFT, CCS, MINT 
  • The Intersection of Addiction with Sex and Gender Across the Life Span – Drs. Caitlin Martin and Mishka Terplan
  • Addiction Medicine 201 – Drs. Michael Argenyi, Heather Douglas and James Finch

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

Afternoon Plenaries [2:15PM - 4:00PM]

  • ​Contingency Management for the Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorder– Dr. Dominick DePhilippis
  • What’s New and Trending: Delta 8, Kratom, CBD – Dr. Thomas Penders

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