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Links for Opioid CME Requirements

The Arizona Senate and House voted unanimously to approve the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act during a late night, January 25, 2018 special session. Under the new bill, PCMS members authorized to prescribe schedule II controlled substances and have a DEA registration number are required to complete a minimum of three hours of opioid-related substance use disorder-related or addiction-related CME each license renewal cycle.

For your convenience, the following links offer opportunities to fulfill legislative requirements.  Others may be available through your specialty society or other organizations.

UA Center for Integrative Medicine Launches Online Pain Management CME

The University of Arizona Pain Management Center has online CME programs available for all physicians. You may visit the links below for details or to register for the CME programs.

PBI Online Opioid CME

PCMS Member Jennifer Schneider MD has developed an online Opioid Pain Management CME course available through PBI. This course qualifies to meet the new Arizona Medical Board requirements for a CME course on opioids. There is a charge for taking this course. You may review the flyer for this training by clicking the link the RX3 Flyer.

UA College of Medicine Grand Rounds

Role of Renal Replacement Therapy in Critical Care

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019

Noon – 1 p.m. UAHS Room 5403 and Banner – UMC South Room 3030

Bijin Thajudeen, MD

Dr. Thajudeen completed medical school at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College in Kerala, India. After completing an additional three year training in internal medicine in the same institution, Dr. Thajudeen moved to the United States where he completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship training at the University of Arizona. He joined the University of Arizona Division of Nephrology in 2013. Dr. Thajudeen serves as the chief of nephrology service at the Banner – University Medical Center  South campus, and as medical director of the DCI Dialysis Center South Tucson. Dr. Thajudeen’s areas of research interest include critical care nephrology, acute kidney injury and diabetic nephropathy. He is the Principal investigator for the Multicenter EUPHRATES trial and sub-investigator for the MENTOR trial. Dr. Thajudeen has several peer reviewed publications in national and international journals. He serves as an editorial board member and reviewer for several journals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Diagnose a variety of internal medicine illnesses
  2. Understand more clearly advances in therapy
  3. Become truly professional physicians

Contact: Karena Nespoli,

M & M Division of Internal Medicine: Root Cause Analysis

Surgery Grand Rounds

Surgery Grand Rounds are on Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 a.m. , UAHS Room 5403

February 27, 2019
Dr. Jeffrey A. Sugandi, PGY 5, General Surgery Residency Program
Department of Surgery, University of Arizona, Tucson
“ Chief’s Talk – International Disaster Relief: Lessons Learned from My
Experience Working with Doctors Without Borders –
Java Earthquake Mission.”

March 6, 2019
Dr. Brian Yoo
PGY 5, General Surgery Residency Program
Department of Surgery
University of Arizona
“Chief’s Talk – Robotic Surgery; Past, Present, Future”

March 13, 2019
Dr. Joshua Damian
PGY 5, General Surgery Residency Program
Department of Surgery
University of Arizona
“Chief’s Talk – Cutters and Carvers: The Depiction of Surgeons
Throughout History”

March 20, 2019
Dr. Debra DaRosa
Professor Emerita of Surgery and Medical Education
Department of Surgery
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL
“Teaching in the Ambulatory Setting”

March 27, 2019
Dr. Christopher Gonzales
PGY 5, General Surgery Residency Program
Department of Surgery
University of Arizona
“Chief’s Talk – tba”


Reclaim the Power of Connection: Lead in Balance for Well-Being

A 3-day Experiential Wellness Program for Healthcare Providers

Thursday, March 7-Saturday, March 9, 2019

Monarch Equine Facilitated Learning aims in this workshop to help physicians and other providers develop specific skills that will facilitate more meaningful and effective relationships with patients, colleagues and team members, and a renewed sense of purpose and connection in their work.

  • Where: Red Horse EQ 3291 Elephant Head Road Amado, AZ 85645
  • Cost: $950
  • CME: Up to 17 CMEs available
  • Register: By clicking here

For more information contact Dr. Nicole Artz at or 773-841-1515.

For more information, visit:

Reclaim the Power of Connection Lead in Balance for Well-Being flyer

Pima County Medical Foundation Speaker Series

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Dr Jonathon Insel MD  will present on newer treatments for Diabetes II on Tuesday, March 12. 

The presentation will start at 7 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. at the Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation building, 3182 N. Swan Road Tucson, AZ 85712.

The events are free.

The lectures are open to all medical professionals: active and retired physicians (MD and DO), nurses, physical therapists, etc. The general public is also encouraged to attend.

CME credit of one (1) hour.

Upcoming Tuesday lectures:

  • April 9 — Resident paper — Five residents from Tucson Medical Center will present their research
  • May 14 — April Harris MD — Retinal disease
  • June 11 — Resident paper — Four residents from Tucson Medical Center will present their research
  • September 10 — Jane Orient MD — Medical information in a practice
  • October 11 — Radiology Limited — Two radiologists will talk about new radiology techniques in diagnosis of diseases
  • November 12 — Ronald Dickmason MD — Bomex drugs — Opioids and consequences on society

RSVP to events here.


Southwest Diabetes Symposium

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The eighth annual Southwest Diabetes Symposium will be held March 16, 2019 at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass. This is one of four sites in Arizona for the event.

This is a FREE symposium offering two types of CME credit:

  • 5.0 CME Credits, AMA PRA Category 1
  • 5.0 CME Credits, AAFP Prescribed
The conference also offers:
  • Breakfast Buffet and Exhibitors (starting at 7 a.m.)
  • Lectures and case study presentations on various topics
  • Interactive Audience Response System
  • Handouts and patient education materials from the CDC National Diabetes Education Program and other organizations
  • Complimentary self-parking


Please click this link for complete information and online registration. For the 8th Annual Southwest Diabetes Brochure click here.

In addition to CME, this symposium offers continuing education credit for NPs, PAs, RNs, Pharmacists, and Dietitians. If you have any questions, please contact Richard Vanderpool with MandatoryCE at (972) 854-2808 or

5th Annual ArMA Spring Conference: Physician Medical Innovations

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Mayo Clinic Hospital
5777 E Mayo Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85054
For more information click here.

Advancements in Pain Management & the Opioid Conundrum

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Pain Institute of Southern Arizona is proud to a host its 3rd Annual Continuing Medical Education Seminar for physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

  • Where: Westin La Paloma 3800 E. Sunrise Drive Tucson, AZ 85718
  • Cost: Early Bird (ends March 22, 2019): $40 / March 23-30, 2019: $50
  • CME: 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
  • Register: By clicking here

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and presentations are from 8 a.m.-noon.

If you have any questions, call Vicki Polheber, Activity Co-Coordinator at (520) 955-1899 or

You can find CME events on the THMEP website by clicking here.

Advancements in Pain Management & the Opioid Conundrum flyer


American Lung Association 3rd Annual Expo

The American Lung Association is excited to share that its 3rd Annual Lung Force Expo is taking place March 30, 2019 at Black Canyon Conference Center.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The LUNG FORCE Expo is a program designed for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals to learn more about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung cancer, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension and other chronic lung diseases. With different tracks for patients and caregivers and healthcare professionals, this one-day event features experts from a variety of lung health-related fields presenting on current research and hot topics, an exhibitor showcase, free health assessments, continuing education for professionals, and a chance for patients, caregivers and the local medical community to connect.

  • Where: Black Canyon Conference Center 9440 N. 25th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021
  • Time: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – Healthcare Professionals  / 8 a.m.-2 p.m. – Patients/Caregivers
  • Cost: Healthcare professionals Early Bird: $75 until March 15/$100 / Patients and Caregivers: $10
  • CME: Credits pending.
  • Register: By clicking here.

For more information, click here.

Come learn about the latest trends, research, and resources surrounding lung disease. Continuing education credits for professionals and continued learning and networking for all!

American Lung Association Lung Force Expo


AOMA 97th Annual Convention

Wednesday, April 10-Sunday, April 14, 2019

Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas
6333 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Early registration until March 10, 2019 click here.

Southwestern Conference on Medicine

Thursday, May 2-Sunday, May 5, 2019

The 28th Annual Southwestern Conference on Medicine presented by Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation and Cleveland Clinic, and will be held May 2-5, 2019 at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona.  It is anticipated a maximum of 30 credits will be available for 2019. This activity has been approved for AOA Category 1A Credit. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. CME credit will also be offered for Family Physicians, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners.

Early Registration and hotel  information is available on the Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation website.

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