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Addiction: A Pathophysiological Approach

A program for both Consultant Recertification Credits and General CE

Live Webinar
Saturday, October 29, 2022 & Sunday, October 30, 2022

About this Educational Program

Substance abuse is a multifactorial behavior that affects more than half of the US population regardless of age, ethnicity and or socio-economic status.  Current data suggests that pathophysiological anomalies may play a fundamental role in the contribution to the decline in the health of patients with substance abuse behavior (SAB).  This multidisciplinary conference will prepare the pharmacist clinician to identify and appropriately manage their patients in a meaningful manner to reduce self-harm and improve clinical outcomes.

This is a very unique program, the most complete multidisciplinary gathering that NSU College of Pharmacy has ever partnered with.


Proposed Schedule
Addiction: A Pathophysiological Approach

Schedule Zoom Live: DAY 1 - Saturday October 29, 2022

Time Event
8:00 a.m. Connect Live to NSU via Zoom Link
Welcome & Course Overview

Carsten Evans, Ph.D.
8:05 a.m. Nutrigenomic Anomalies Observed in Patients with SAB
Overview: Identify nutrigenomics anomalies are observed in the SAB population.
Mitch Ghen, DO, PhD, Internal Medicine
9:05 a.m. Psychiatric and Physical Co-morbidities that Predispose Patients to SAB
Overview: Identify Psychiatric and Physical co-morbidities in SAB patients.
Antonio De Felippo, MD, Psychiatrist, Internal Medicine
10:05 a.m. BREAK
10:15 a.m. Pharmacogenomic Considerations in SAB Population
Overview: Pharmacogenomic consideration that may affect metabolism of psychotherapeutic drugs.
Antonio De Felippo, MD, Psychiatrist, Internal Medicine
11:15 a.m. Laboratory and Physical Assessment Findings in Patients in Recovery.
Overview: Describe laboratory and physical alterations secondary to long term SAB. This will include hematological and structural changes due to substance of choice (SOC).
Chris Nussbaum, MD, Internal Medicine.
12:45 p.m. LUNCH
1:45p.m. Dermatological Assessments via Nail & Skin Abnormalities
Overview: Identification of structural changes that occur due to exposure to SOC.
Tracey Stroup, ND
2:45 p.m. Focus on Structural Anomalies in Spinal Alignment
Overview: Assessing and correcting spinal structural anomalies that can contribute to pain that can be a physiological trigger.
Robert Malhoit, Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine
3:45 p.m. Adjournment

Addiction: A Pathophysiological Approach

Schedule Zoom Live: DAY 2 - Sunday, October 30, 2022

Time Event
7:45 a.m. Connect Live to NSU via Zoom Link
8:00 a.m. Breathing Techniques and Non-Pharmaceutical Approach to Reducing Anxiety and Stress: Selfcare for HCP & Patient
Overview: Redirection of stressors.
Sheila Connelly, LMT Mitch Ghen, D.O., Ph.D.
8:30 a.m. Interventional Non-Opiate Pain Management
Overview: Management and correction of physiological pain utilizing non-opiate therapies.
Chris Gleis, M.D., Board Certified Anesthesiologist
9:30 a.m. SAB, Gateway to Infectious disease
Overview: Identifying & managing STDs in SAB population.
Michael Sension MD, AAHIVM, Internal Medicine
10:30 a.m. BREAK
10:45 a.m. Hormone Levels and Impact on Physiological Health in Patients with SAB
Overview: Describing hormonal changes secondary to SAB and long-term impact that may contribute to exacerbation of physiological triggers.
Shirley Jimenez, PA
11:45 a.m. Pharmaceutical Agents for Rescue and Long-Term Maintenance of Patients in Recovery.
Overview:Describe present FDA approved therapies to rescue and antagonize SA.
Momina Karapetyan, RPh, C.Ph.
12:45 p.m. LUNCH
1:45 p.m. Cannabis Therapy: Harm Reduction
Overview: Describe how cannabis may support patients with symptoms associated with SAB.
Michelle Weiner, DO
2:45 p.m. Proper Documentation & Coding for Clinical Services Rendered
Overview: Understanding how to properly document, and code for re-imbursement.
Kathy Sizemore, Medical Billing and Coding Expert
3:45 p.m. Understanding Different Treatment Programs Available for Patients in SAB Crisis.
Overview: Differentiate inpatient and outpatient recovery programs available & how to seek assistance in patients in crisis.
Mr. Anthony Camaerei, MBA
4:45 p.m. Program Adjournment



Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program has been approved by ACPE for up to 12 contact hours (1.2 CEUs).  

This program has been approved for general continuing education by CE Broker. The program has been applied for approval for Consultant Re-Certification.  Up to 12 hours can be achieved for Florida consultant recertification credits.


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