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Special CME Presentations


Does Marijuana Still Matter?

Its Role in Medical Care

TOPICS: 1. Current and Prospective Federal and Massachusetts Law on Medical Marijuana and Prescribing of Controlled Substances, including imperative for PMP use

2. Psychopharmacology of Marijuana; Evidence-based benefits of medical use of marijuana; non-evidence-based myths about medical use of marijuana; marijuana/other drug interaction--what is known and not known

3. Discussion panel: Managing hard conversations about chronic marijuana use and other risky behaviors

SPEAKERS: Jennifer Michaels, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Massachusetts Medical School

John Rogers
Vice President and General Counsel
Berkshire Health Systems

DATE: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

TIME: 6:00 - 8:30pm

LOCATION: Berkshire Hills Country Club
500 Benedict Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201

OBJECTIVES: Upon conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

1. list requirements for a provider to be eligible to certify patients for medical marijuana use;
2. describe the steps necessary to certify any particular patient for the use of medical marijuana;
3. to list circumstances when consulting the Prescription Monitoring Program data base is required by law;
4. describe the medical, developmental, and psychiatric risks and side effects of  marijuana;
5. list conditions for which there is evidence supporting use of medical marijuana and conditions commonly thought to be aided by medical marijuana but for which there is no supporting evidence;
6. identify the limitations of available information about how marijuana interacts with other medications;
7. recognize the potential negative effects of marijuana, with a focus on younger populations, drug-drug interactions and side effects;
8. list specific strategies for engaging patients in effective discussion about the effect of marijuana use and wisdom of controlling or curtailing it (similar to discussions about other harm reduction and health enhancement efforts); and
9. describe strategies for managing patient perception of marijuana harmlessness or that marijuana conveys personal benefit not supported by the evidence.

Please note that registration is now closed.
Please contact Regina Simmons with any questions or requests.

The flyer is available here.

Accreditation Statement – Berkshire Health Systems designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Berkshire Health Systems is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This activity meets the criterai of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

Berkshire Health Systems is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Disclosure: In accordance with the ACCME Standards of Commercial Support™ disclosure will be made before the program regarding the existence of any relationships that exist between the faculty and the manufacturers of any commercial products.

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