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Addiction Medicine in Primary Care
Friday, June 15, 2018 - Friday, June 15, 2018

CME Provider:
Virginia Mason ›
CME Department
1100 9th Ave. #D3-CME
PO Box 900
Seattle, Washington (WA) 98111
United States
Phone: (206) 341-0142
Fax: (206) 341-1480
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Conference Center:
Virginia Mason - Volney Richmond Auditorium
1201 Terry Avenue (between Seneca & University Streets)
Seattle, Washington (WA) 98101
United States
Phone: (206) 341-0142

The opioid epidemic continues to be a growing public health burden. Prescription pain medications, heroin, and other illicit opioids are the cause of increasing morbidity and mortality. A large majority of people who use heroin used prescription pain medications for non-medical purposes prior to their heroin use. Primary care providers are on the front lines, and have the opportunity to make a significant impact.

Substance use more broadly, including opioids, alcohol and other drugs, is a population health topic that touches all aspects of medicine. However there is a lack of access to appropriate care for patients with substance use disorders; only approximately 10% of patients with substance use disorders receive appropriate treatment. In the field as a whole there is a lack of education and comfort on these conditions. This gap is also complicated by the intersection of chronic pain and substance use.

Successful interventions will require increased education, as well as collaboration between departments. Understanding of evidence-based primary care interventions is needed to counsel patients around opioid use, management of chronic pain, alcohol use, use of cannabis, and polypharmacy. The aims of this course are twofold: First, to address this gap in expertise and to support our teams in providing appropriate, effective, high quality care for patients with substance use disorders. Second, to address the intersection between treating persistent pain and substance use disorders. Teaching methods include lectures, case presentation, panel discussion, patient panel, and question and answer with faculty. This course is appropriate for physicians and advanced practice providers in general practice, internal medicine and family care.
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Elenore P. Bhatraju, MD, MPH
Adult Primary Care, Department of Internal Medicine
Virginia Mason Federal Way Medical Center, Federal Way, Wash.

Nancy Connolly, MD, MPH
Adult Primary Care, Department of Internal Medicine
Virginia Mason Lynnwood Medical Center, Lynnwood, Wash.

Karina K. Uldall, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Behavioral Health
Virginia Mason Seattle Medical Center, Seattle, Wash.
CME Credit:
Physicians:  6.5 Hours

Self Assessment Module (SAM):  No

Specialty Audience:
Emergency Medicine    Family Medicine    Internal Medicine    Pediatrics    Psychiatry    

CME Sam Course #18899

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