Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshops can be taken with the Review Course or as stand alone workshops.
Workshops run concurrently and are not designed specifically as Board Exam preparation.

Full Day Workshop (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)

Stories and Strategies to Engage Providers and Address Burnout

The effort required to practice medicine often exceeds the rewards. What can we do in our organizations to restore the balance? In this workshop, experts in building professional and personal satisfaction will provide tools to address and evaluate burnout, highlight programs that foster effective leadership, and identify organizational strategies to increase participation in collaborative solutions. (Workshop Planners: Karen Miotto, MD, Chair; William Brostoff, MD; Py Driscoll, MD; Matt Goldenberg, DO)

Stephen C. Beeson, MD, Founder of the Physician Effectiveness Project and Medical Director, Studer Group | Christina Maslach, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley | Julie G. Nyquist, PhD, Professor, Department of Medical Education, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California | David Pating, MD, Chief of Addiction Medicine, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco.

Morning Workshops (8:30 am – 12:00 noon)

Marijuana in California: The Shape of Things to Come

Proposition 64 legalized recreational marijuana use in California and a regulatory framework is now under development. This workshop will address pivotal questions related to youth prevention and early intervention, and empower addiction physicians to be leaders in this rapidly evolving arena. (Workshop Planners: Itai Danovitch, MD; Amer Raheemullah, MD; Ricardo Restrepo, MD, MPH)

Speakers: Seth Ammerman, MD, Clinical Professor, Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine / Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital | Ken Berrick, CEO Seneca Center for Children and Families | Elizabeth J. D’Amico, PhD, Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation | Beau Kilmer. PhD, Co-director, RAND Drug Policy Research Center

No “Difficult” Patients: Strategies to Realign the Physician-Patient Experience in Buprenorphine Treatment

Buprenorphine providers generally have several inspiring stories of success. This workshop is for providers with patient experiences that do not fit this narrative. Experts will provide methods to increase participants’ confidence in addressing ongoing drug use, attendance issues, self-escalation of doses, and interpersonal conflict among patients they are treating with buprenorphine. (Workshop Planners:
Scott Steiger, MD; Tauheed Zaman, MD)

Anna Lembke, MD, Director, Stanford Addiction Medicine Program and Chief, Stanford Addiction Medicine Clinic, Stanford University School of Medicine | Paula Lum, MD, Professor of Medicine, HIV, ID, and Global Medicine Division, UC San Francisco | David Kan, MD, Private Practice of Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry, Walnut Creek | Scott Steiger, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Deputy Medical Director, Opiate Patient Outpatient Program, UCSF School of Medicine

What Now? Advancing Systems of Addiction Care in a Challenging Political Environment

This workshop will examine the current political context for addiction medicine and integrated systems of care and discuss advancing the delivery of addiction treatment in this context. Panelists will include experts in federal and California state policy, and senior leaders of regional health systems. (Workshop Planners: Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM; Caroline Corriveau, MD)

H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, CAS, DFASAM, Dean’s Executive Professor at Public Health Program, Santa Clara University | David Pating, MD, Chief of Addiction Medicine, Kaiser Medical Center, San Francisco | Kelly Pfeifer, MD, Director of High Value-Care, California Health Care Foundation | Roderick Shaner, MD, Medical Director, County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health

Addiction and Criminal Justice Reform: Shifting the Paradigm

Mass incarceration is a public health crisis. Over half of U.S. prisoners have an untreated substance use disorder. How have public health and criminal justice advocates responded this epidemic? This workshop will explore emerging best practices, policy debates, and opportunities for cross-sector partnership and reform. (Workshop Planner: Lello Tesema, MD, MSHS)

Martin Epson, MD, JD, MTS, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Francisco; Staff Psychiatrist, San Francisco VA Veterans Justice Outreach/Veterans’ Justice Court | Lindsay LaSalle, JD, Senior Staff Attorney, Drug Policy Alliance | Kris Nyrop, Project LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion); National Support Director, Public Defender Association | Shira Shavit, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, UC San Francisco; Executive Director, Transitions Clinic, San Francisco

Afternoon Workshops (1:30 pm – 5:00 pm)

Motivational Interviewing for Busy Clinicians

This workshop will review and teach motivational interviewing (MI) tools for treating unhealthy alcohol and drug use as well as for promoting behavior change in primary care and other specialties. Emphasis will be on mentored small group learning, clinical skills acquisition and practice. All participants will develop continuing learning plans to increase proficiency.

Ken Saffier, MD, Family and Addiction Medicine Physician, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center; Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, UCSF; Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers | Ana-Catalina Triana, MD, Associate Program Director, John Muir Health/UCSF Family Medicine Residency; Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers

Addiction Medicine Board Exam Preparation Track (1:30 pm – 5:30 pm)