Richmond County Medical Society

The Richmond County Medical Society and Medical College of Georgia, Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior are proud to offer these free, accredited continuing education courses for our members through our partnership with the RiverMend Health Institute. We strongly value our members and hope you will find this a useful resource to further your professional development and knowledge. New courses will be added regularly.

Medical College of Georgia

A continuing education certificate is awarded upon viewing the entire course, completing the post-test assessment (you have unlimited opportunities for success) and submitting a feedback survey. You will be prompted to create an account in order to store your transcript and print your credit certificates any time. If you need assistance, the learning management support team is available at 800-688-2421.

Free Continuing Education Courses

Pain and Addiction

1 CME

Program Overview: This presentation will describe pain and addiction as comorbid disease states. The difference between physical dependence and the disease of addiction will be clearly elucidated. The treatment of patients who have co-occurring chronic pain syndrome as well as addictive disorders will be discussed. The use of non-opioid pain modalities will be reviewed. Pain management for patients on methadone or buprenorphine will also be discussed. The new CDC guidelines for appropriate opioid prescribing will be reviewed. The risk of using benzodiazepines in patients with chronic pain and those with addictive disorders will be discussed. The difference between the use of methadone in a pain management clinic versus the use of methadone in an Opioid Treatment Program will be defined.

Stacy Seikel, MD

Presenter: Stacy Seikel, MD

Dr. Stacy Seikel is the Medical Director with RiverMend Health Centers, Atlanta and Chief Medical Officer of Integrated Recovery Programs for RiverMend Health. A nationally recognized addiction expert, Dr. Seikel is known as a patient advocate and as a professional mentor and leader in the field of addiction treatment. She is Board Certified in both Addiction Medicine and in Anesthesiology.

Dual Disorders: Chicken, Egg... or Both

1 CE

Program Overview: Substance abuse and depression are commonly associated with each other by experts, patients and families. Does depression cause tobacco, alcohol and drug use? Does use of drugs that target the brain's reinforcement and mood centers cause depression? Evidence for both points of view exist and will be presented, as well as a logical approach to evaluation and treatment which involves a complete medical, neurological, addiction, and psychiatric evaluation and treatment, when indicated.

Mark S. Gold, MD

Presenter: Mark S. Gold, MD

Mark S. Gold is a translational researcher, author and inventor best known for his work on the brain systems underlying the effects of opiate drugs, cocaine and food. He published over 1000 peer reviewed scientific articles, texts and practice guidelines. His work is widely cited by his peers. It includes citation classics in cocaine neurobiology, opioid addiction neurobiology and treatment, food and process addictions. He has been called a groundbreaking researcher, father of medication assisted recovery, the first to translate rat experiments into theory and treatments for human addicts and mentor of the next generation of addiction researchers and clinicians.

Heroin Addiction and the Opiate Epidemic

1 CE

Program Overview: Health care providers, addiction specialists and legislators are in agreement that more effective means of reducing opioid and other addicting substance misuse and abuse are critical at this time in our country. The statistics are dismal and increasingly alarming, with more and more individuals at risk. In this presentation given at the Union Club of Chicago, Dr. Mark Gold, preeminent neuroscientist and leading voice in understanding the science of addiction, explains how heroin works, why it is so addictive, and what can be done to reclaim those fighting its grasp.

Mark S. Gold, MD

Presenter: Mark S. Gold, MD

Mark S. Gold is a translational researcher, author and inventor best known for his work on the brain systems underlying the effects of opiate drugs, cocaine and food. He published over 1000 peer reviewed scientific articles, texts and practice guidelines. His work is widely cited by his peers. It includes citation classics in cocaine neurobiology, opioid addiction neurobiology and treatment, food and process addictions. He has been called a groundbreaking researcher, father of medication assisted recovery, the first to translate rat experiments into theory and treatments for human addicts and mentor of the next generation of addiction researchers and clinicians.

Addiction Alert (Vol. 1, No. 2) - Spring 2016

3 CME

Topics:

  • Detox does not equal treatment: Withdrawal management and treatment of substance use disorders
  • Distinguishing between pain-related dependence and addiction
  • Use of personality traits to identify addiction risk and individualize treatment
  • What is whole person care?
  • Addiction double trouble: Co-occurring psychiatric disorders

Faculty:

Daniel H. Angres, MD
Medical Director, Positive Sobriety Institute

David Baron, D.O., M.Ed.
Chief Medical Officer – Health and Wellness, RiverMend Health

William S. Jacobs, MD
Medical Director, Bluff Plantation

Stacy Seikel, MD
Director, RiverMend Health Centers

Lisa Steele, PhD
Vice President of Operations, Malibu Beach Recovery Centers

Advances in Addiction Medicine: Lessons from Jimi, Janis and Jerry

1 CME

Program Overview: The 1967 Summer of Love in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district focused attention on large numbers of young people experimenting with and enjoying drugs such as marijuana and LSD. Use of harder drugs such as heroin and amphetamines soon became more common, leading to fatal overdoses and long-term addiction. Law enforcement and the legal community took a dim view of all drugs, and the medical community was unprepared and unwilling to deal with them, for the most part.

Since then, addiction medicine has been recognized as a specialized field, and addiction is now viewed as a chronic brain disease. Other advances in the field include Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), acceptance of concurrent disorders, growing integration of addiction screening and treatment into primary medical care, and increasing awareness of the role of genetics and brain chemistry.

David E. Smith, MD, FASAM, FAACT

Presenter: David E. Smith, MD, FASAM, FAACT

David E. Smith, MD is the founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic and an early proponent of addressing addiction as a disease. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology. He has served as Medical Director, California State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, and is Adjunct Professor Emeritus, Institute of Health & Aging, University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Smith has authored and co-authored over 350 professional articles and several books.

Healing the Healer

1 CME

Program Overview: This presentation describes the various issues that are unique to addicted physicians as well as diagnostic and treatment approaches to this population. Various interventional and support structures including hospital-based wellness committees and state medical physician health programs are also reviewed. Specific assessments and treatment structures and outcomes for these physicians are also discussed.

Daniel H. Angres, MD

Presenter: Daniel H. Angres, MD

Dr. Daniel Angres is a national expert in psychiatry, addiction and physician’s health programs. Currently, he serves as the Medical Director of the Positive Sobriety Institute as well as Chief Medical Officer of RiverMend Health Addiction Services. Dr. Angres has been a top nationally recognized expert in addiction and dual disorders evaluation and treatment medicine with a specialty in working with addicted professionals for 30 years. Dr. Angres has lectured at major academic medical centers across the USA. Dr. Angres work has helped change the field, addiction treatment methods and outcomes. Dr. Angres has been published in peer reviewed journals, referenced by other leaders, and has authored two ground-breaking books on the subject of chemical dependency, "Healing the Healer" and "Positive Sobriety." Dr. Angres has been active in teaching and research in Chicago and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.