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                                                  RIMS’ “Eleventh Hour Educational Event”


7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.:             Registration/Visit Exhibits/Breakfast

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.:             Welcome

                                                Bradley Collins, MD, President, Rhode Island Medical Society

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.:              “Medical Marijuana: Becoming Comfortable with Recommending Marijuana as a Treatment Option”

                                                Todd E. Handel, MD, Handel Center for Spine, Sports, and Intervention

Dr. Handel will discuss the rules and regulations governing medical marijuana in Rhode Island, the medical use of marijuana as a pain management treatment option, and the risks and side effects associated with medical marijuana use.

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.:           “Emerging Risks”

Susan L. Montminy, MPA, RN, BSN, CPHRM, Risk Consultant, Med-IQ

This national patient safety trends and risks presentation will focus on the importance of systems and how physicians work within them. A review of Coverys’ medical malpractice claims data will supplement the discussion.

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.:          Break and Visit Exhibits

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.:         “Hospice and Palliative Care: Improving Care at the End of Life”

Edward W. Martin, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island

Dr. Martin’s presentation will focus on helping physicians identify misunderstandings families may have about the limits of medical care and how physicians can break down barriers and encourage fluid and open communication with patients and their families.  Dr. Martin will also discuss how physicians can help empower patients and their families to actively participate in end-of-life decision making.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.:            “Anti-Microbial Stewardship”

Cheston Cunha, MD, Infectious disease specialist at Lifespan, Inc. and assistant professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. 

Dr. Cunha will discuss how physicians can optimize the treatment of infections, reduce adverse events associated with antibiotic use, and determine the optimal antimicrobial drug regimens for their patients.

1:00 p.m.                                 Adjournment


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint-providership of Med-IQ and the Rhode Island Medical Society. Med-IQ is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

Med-IQ designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.




Members $75

Non-Members $150

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