Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Very Lastest Conference Information — AAFP Preferred CME Credits Have Been Approved

Dear Colleagues:

We have an abundance of new information regarding the 2013 TnSAM Addiction Medicine Conference, now being held in Chattanooga, Tennessee August 29th and 30th. Roughly 123 people have registered.

AAFP accreditation is approved.This Live activity, Tennessee Society of Addiction Medicine Conference (3rd), with a beginning date of 08/29/2013, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  12.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Family Medicine doctors, we paid the extra monies to get prescribed credit for you. You are very welcome.

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, approved the 2013 TnSAM Addiction Medicine Conference for contact hours for attendees. NAADAC is the premier global organization of addiction focused professionals and we are honored that they will provide Continuing Education Credits for their 8,000 members who attend.  Thanks to TAADAS, Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services, for facilitating this valuable Continuing Education accreditation for counselors.

Specialists in the field of Pain Management will be happy to learn that attendance at the 2013 TnSAM Addiction Medicine Conference will count toward the requirements by the state for physicians working in pain management clinics.

The AMA and the TMA have proclaimed a desire to be on the forefront of the prescription drug abuse crisis issue, promoting access to addiction treatment and physician education. The American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Tennessee Society of Addiction Medicine have created a free three-hour risk evaluation mitigation strategy conference about opiate prescribing.  Titled ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care, this session is designed in association with the FDA and ASAM at no charge (Free CME!) thanks to a grant.

The 2013 TnSAM Addiction Medicine Conference is co-sponsored by the UT College of Medicine. The Tennessee Society of Addiction Medicine is now offering this conference to those in the field of education for the cost of the lunches. Registration is now open to medical students, nurse practitioner students, and UT faculty and residents for $20! This 2-day conference with full accreditation and internationally recognized speakers is that important.

The conference at a glance:

Thursday morning, 8/29/2013

ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care – Herbert L. Malinoff , M.D.

Thursday afternoon, 8/29/2013

Hooked But Not Hopeless – Sherry Hoppe, Ed.D and Sylvia Yates

Tennessee Department of Health and TMA Response to Tennessee’s Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic – Mitch Mutter, M.D.

Dual Diagnoses: Management of co-occurring disorders in Addicted Patients – Terry Holmes, M.D.

Opiate Dependency in Pregnancy – Tom Cable, M.D.

Friday morning, 8/30/2013

Addiction Medicine Talking Points – John Standridge, M.D.

Evidenced-Based Behavioral Treatments for Addiction – James Finch, M.D.

The Neurobiology of Reward and Addiction – John Standridge, M.D.

Friday afternoon, 8/30/2013

Lunch and Learn with Faculty

Counseling Skills Workshop: Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness – James Finch, M.D. and Jane Finch, L.C.S.W.

John Standridge, MD, FAAFP, FASAM

President, Tennessee Society of Addiction Medicine

Dr. Herbert Malinoff is scheduled to present the course on ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care

Dr. Malinoff is the president and founder of Pain Recovery Solutions, PC. He is certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Pain Management, and Addiction Medicine. He specializes in treating patients with chronic pain syndromes, addiction as well as addressing their internal medicine needs. His understanding of the relationship between medical problems, pain, and addiction led to the establishment of a practice that provides services to patients that address multiple related problems using an integrated, comprehensive approach.

Dr. Malinoff lectures internationally on Chronic Pain and Addiction and is a member of the board of directors of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). He is co-chairman of the ASAM annual course on pain and addiction. Continue reading

Share the word; send your local colleagues this letter. Put your name on it in place of mine.

Dear Colleagues:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation calls addiction our nation’s number one disease.  While addiction affects 1 in 6 Americans, many doctors admit knowing little about the subject.  The University of Tennessee College of Medicine, together with the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Tennessee Society of Addiction Medicine, are pleased to present a 2-day conference on addiction medicine.  The first three-hour conference (8:30 -12 Noon 8/29/13) is an ASAM-sponsored risk evaluation mitigation strategy conference about opiate prescribing.  Titled ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care, this session is designed in association with the FDA and ASAM at no charge (Free CME!) thanks to a grant.

The remaining day and a half (12 Noon – 4:45 pm 8/29/13 and 8:30 am – 4:45 pm 8/30/13) is sponsored by TnSAM and accredited by the UT College of Medicine (for doctors) and TAADAS (for counselors). The conference provides important information on addiction topics, with an outstanding array of topics and speakers:

12:00-1:00 PM  Hooked But Not Hopeless – Sherry Hoppe, Ed.D and Sylvia Yates

1:15-2:15 PM  Tennessee Department of Health and TMA Response to Tennessee’s Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic – Mitch Mutter, M.D.

2:30-3:30 PM  Dual Diagnoses: Management of co-occurring disorders in Addicted Patients – Terry Holmes, M.D.

3:30-4:30 PM  Opiate Dependency in Pregnancy – Tom Cable, M.D.

8:30-9:30 AM Addiction Medicine Talking Points – John Standridge, M.D.

9:30-10:30 AM  Evidenced-Based Behavioral Treatments for Addiction – James Finch, M.D.

10:45-11:45 AM  The Neurobiology of Reward and Addiction – John Standridge, M.D.

11:45 AM-12:45 PM  Lunch and Learn with Faculty

1:00-4:15 PM  Counseling Skills Workshop: Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness – James Finch, M.D. and Jane Finch, L.C.S.W.

The conference will be held at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on August 29 and 30, 2013.  More information is available at www.tnsam.org.  Please make every effort to attend.

TnSAM has negotiated lower rates at 2 great hotels, August 28th and 29th, in Chattanooga, TN.

We have arranged a negotiated rate with Chattanooga Choo-Choo at $99.00 per night. You will need to mention Personal Medicine, through whom we negotiated the rate. The hotel is associated with the historic train station. Just register through the registration desk. http://www.choochoo.com/ 1-800- 872-2529.

We have also arranged a negotiated rate with DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chattanooga Downtown, at $119.00 per night. You will need to mention the UT College of Medicine through whom we negotiated the rate.  The contact person is Sandy Witzel, if there is any question; otherwise, just register through the registration desk. www.chattanooga.doubletree.com. 1-423-756-5150.

For baseball fans the Chattanooga Lookouts have home games, the last series of the season, hosting the Tennessee Smokies at AT&T Field August 29th and 30th at 7:15. For those who enjoy college football, UT-Chattanooga plays UT-Martin in Finley Stadium in their season opener Thursday, August 29th at 7 p.m. Musical entertainment options August 30th  include Corey Smith (one of country music’s hottest new artists) at Track 29; the Channing Wilson Band at Rhythm & Brews; Screaming Orphans (a pop-rock band with four fun, high-spirited, musically-obsessed sisters from Ireland) with Chattanooga’s own Rigoletto, at Nightfall in Miller Plaza (free concerts); and Scenic City Soul Revue at the Foundry.  Something for everybody!

John Standridge, MD, FAAFP, FASAM

President, Tennessee Society of Addiction Medicine

Clinical Professor,  University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga