The Pennsylvania Pain Society

is pleased to announce the

 Pennsylvania Mandatory Prescriber Education Workshop 

Saturday, June 9, 2018 

AHN West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA 

No matter your specialty, this course is for you! 

This Course explores topices required by Pennsylvania Law as implemented by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine and provides you with the knowledge to manage your pain patients  --no matter your specialty.  Earn up to 6.75 CME/CEU (full Accreditation Info below)

Why is Course Content of This Workshop Mandatory?   

As part of a licensee's ongoing  biennial review, the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine requires two (2) hours of continuing education in pain management, identification of addiction or the practices of prescribing or dispensing opioids as a portion of your total 100 hour continuing educaiton requirement.  [35 PA.C.S. P.L. 2911, No. 191, Section 9.1(a)(2)]

In addition, EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017, Individuals applying for an initial license or certification issued by the licensing board, which license or certification authorizes the licensee or certificate holder to be a dispenser or prescriber, to submit, no later than 12 months after obtaining an initial license or certification, documentation acceptable to the licensing board of the completion of at least two (2) hours of education in pain management or identification of addiction and at least two (2) hours of education in the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids. [35 PA.C.S. P.L. 2911, No. 191, Section 9.1(a)(1)]


At the end of this program, participants should be able to:

1.         Employ key diagnostic and treatment techniques for the management of pain.

2.         Identify and administer appropriate safe opioid usage in patients.

3.         Understand and identify opioid-sparing treatment options for pain patients.

4.         Understand and respond to opioid abuse, misuse and additction.

5.         Apply evidenced based strategies to clinical practice for managing 

            pain patients.


Satisfactory completion 

Learners must complete an evaluation to receive a certificate of completion.  Your chosen sessions must be attended in their entirety.  Partial credit of individual sessions is not available. If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your board requirement.  


Physicians, Nurses and Pharmacists

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and the Pennsylvania Pain Society.  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Credit Designation Statement – Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for physicians and 6.75 contact hours for nurses and 6.75 knowledge-based contact hours for pharmacists. Learners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Workshop Hosts and Co-Chairs

Abraham J. Kabazie MD, Pittsburgh, PA

Yesvant Navalgund MD, Pittsburgh, PA

Mark Wells DNP, NP-C, Pittsburgh, PA


Christopher Antypas PharmD, Pittsburgh PA

Abraham Jack Kabazie MD, Pittsburgh PA

Lawrence Kobak DPM JD, Pin Brook, NJ

Bruce Nicholson MD, Allentown PA

Justin Petrolla MD, Pittsburgh, PA

Jennifer Stephens MD, Allentown PA

Mark Wells DNP, NP-C, Pittsburgh PA

Mitchell West DO, Pittsburgh PA


Preliminary Agenda – Saturday, June 9, 2018

7:30 AM          Registration Opens - Continental Breakfas

7:55 AM          Welcome and Opening Remarks – Abraham Kabazie MD

And Yeshvant Navalgund MD

8:00 AM          Acute Pain – Bruce Nicholson MD

8:45 AM          Introduction to Common Chronic Pain Syndromes from “Head to Toe” – Justin Petrolla MD

9:30 AM          PA and Federal Requirements for Prescribing Opioids/ Controlled Substances

                        & CDC Guidelines, what have we learned?  PA Guidelines, What have we learned? – Lawrence Kobak DPM JD

10:15 AM        Networking Break

10:30  AM      PA’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – Mark Wells DNP, NP-C

11:00  AM       Opioid Therapy – Prevention, Screening, and Signs of Addiction – Abraham Kabazie MD

11:45 AM        Opioid Therapy – Appropriate Prescribing – Jennifer Stephens MD

12:30 PM         Luncheon

1:00 PM           Opioid Therapy – Responses to Abuse and Addiction – What do you do?- Mitchell West DO

1:45  PM          Alternatives to Opioid Therapy – Bruce Nicholson MD

2:30 PM           Compounding and Specialty Pharmaceuticals as an Alternative to Opioids – Christopher Antypas PharmD

3:00   PM         Q&A, Panel Discussion

3:30  PM          Closing Remarks and Thank You (Adjourn)


FEES     (Earn up to 6.75 CME/ CEU/ ACPE Credits) 

MD/ DO/ DC/ PHARMD/ PSYD/ PHD/ Other Doctorate          $100

NP/ PA/ RN/ LCSW/ Other Practitioner/ Admin                      $65

Trainee   (students from all health professions)                   $25

If you are a military or VA physician or healthcare professional, contact the society at for an additional discount.

Cancellation Policy:  No refunds can be provided after Wednesday, June 6. If you cannot attend and wish to substitute a collegue, send the name of the person who cannot attend and the substitution to Robin Hoyle by email at  Thank you


Thank you to our Corporate Members ** RX Tox Clinical Laboratory **Asti's South Hills Pharmacy  and  **Valeda Health  


Pennsylvania Mandatory Prescriber Education Workshop

  • June 9, 2018
  • AHN West Penn Hospital Conference Center
    4800 Friendship Avenue
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    United States