Pearls for Practice: The 4th annual MA Society of Addiction medicine risk management course for all providers

Program Agenda

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Online registration is available at the bottom of this page. For one-day registration options, please click here.


June 26 ,2016 from
8:00AM to 5:20PM

June 27 ,2016 from
8:00AM to 3:50PM


Illinois Society of Addiction Medicine
P.O. Box 5188
River Forest, IL 60305

Program Summary

This program will prepare physicians to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to identify and manage substance use disorders and addiction comorbidities in their practices.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Illinois Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This activity meets the criteria of the Illinois Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through joint providership of the Illinois Medical Society and the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.The Illinois Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Program Objectives

Cite recent legislative and regulatory changes that affect the way physicians treat patients with addictions. Summarize the key breakthroughs in addiction medicine as published in peer-reviewed academic literature during the past year. Recognize the clinical determinants of differences in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) outcomes, review the genetic basis for differences in NAS outcomes, and discuss the epigenetic basis for differences in NAS outcomes. Describe the incidence and prevalence of substance abuse disorders in the homeless population and i dentify key evidence bases. List the initial testing strategies for patients at risk for HIV, explain how to recognize acute HIV and the public health importance of its timely diagnosis and management, develop an understanding of current ARV therapies approved in 2015 and how recent research has led to these recommendations, and describe strategies for optimizing HIV care through integrated treatment and care coordination. Define mindfulness meditation and describe its relation to other interventions used in the treatment of addictions, and review the clinical research evidence and key neuroscience findings regarding the use of mindfulness-based interventions in the treatment of addictions. Describe the mandated reporting requirements for those with substance abuse disorders in safety-sensitive occupations and recognize how to enhance client motivation, promote the treatment process, and prevent relapse. Discuss the symptoms and health implications of alcohol withdrawal and assess the effectiveness of phenobarbital for the management of moderate and severe alcohol withdrawal. Explain the severity of gambling dependency amongst those with other addictions, and cite how to screen for gambling dependency, properly refer for treatment, and follow-up. Identify the health concerns of e-cigarettes and the implications that e-cigarette use could have on the abuse of other substances. Identify the way the criminal justice and drug court systems traditionally deal with substance-abusing defendants, compare the different process and protocols at the intersection of the criminal justice and treatment systems, and assess the resistance to medication-assisted treatment within the criminal justice system.

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Program Faculty

Steven Adelman , MD

Physician Health Services, Inc.UMass Medical Schools

Catharina Armstrong, MD

Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Brian M. Denietolis, PsyD

University of Illinois Medical School

Barbara Herbert, MD

Steward Healthcare System

Boris Lorberg, MD

University of Illinois Medical School

Contact Us

Illinois society of Addiction members may contact us with information, suggestions, or comments by using the form to the bottom or or by sending an email to

Illinois Society of Addiction Medicine
P.O. Box 5188
River Forest, IL 60305


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