a primer for health care professionals

Friday, October 31st, 2014
Albuquerque, NM

Thank you to all faculty, supporters, and participants
for your contribution towards the success of this event!

University of New Mexico,
Nursing/Pharmacy Building, Room 359
2502 Marble Ave, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Map of location

The objective is to present a balanced and expert overview on the clinical use of cannabis to an engaged audience of health care practitioners. The program will focus on the clinical and practical therapeutic potential of cannabis and the endocannabinoid system.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:


Time Topic Presenter
8:30 Welcome Retta Ward, NM Secretary of Health
8:45 Introduction to cannabis and the endocannabinoid system Michelle Sexton, ND (Bastyr)
9:45 New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program - The medical provider's role Ken Groggel, NM DOH
10:15 Morning health break  
10:30 Cannabis and cancer care Donald Abrams, MD (UCSF)
11:30 Cannabis and cannabinoids in non-cancer pain Mark Ware, MD (McGill)
12:30 Lunch  
1:30 Use of cannabis in neurologic illness Barbara Koppel, MD, FAAN (NY)
2:30 Does cannabis smoking cause lung disease? Donald Tashkin, MD (UCLA)
3:30 Behavioral and psychological effects of cannabis David A. Gorelick, MD, PhD (Maryland)
4:30 Learning from patients and their stories Arti Prasad, MD FACP (UNM)
5:00 Closing  



To Register:

1.  Registration is done via the UCSF OCME Course Registration Portal.  

2. You are required to log in.  If you need to create a new account it is free and easy, please follow the instructions on their website. 

3.   Once you have logged in, find the Cannabis in Medicine course from the calendar and click "Register Now". 

NOTICE:  UCSF OCME has revised their online registration platform as of February 6, 2013.  The new system requires you to create a username and login for the CME program registration system and then find the course from their calendar.  If you encounter problems registering online please register by telephone (415-476-5808).  We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Registration Fees:

Category Before Sept 20 After Sept 20 Onsite (Oct 31)
Physician $225 $275 $325
AHP/Trainee $150 $200 $250
Industry/Producer $275 $325 $375

Space is Limited!

To register as an MD/DO or Allied HCP/Physician in training you must be engaged in clinical practice and not employed by a pharmaceutical, medical device, medical education/advertising agency. If you are employed by a pharmaceutical, medical device, medical education/advertising agency please register as an Industry Representative.

Note regarding Onsite Registrations:  Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance (by 1:45pm) to allow for your registration to be processed prior to the scheduled session start time.

Cancellations received in writing two weeks prior to the event date will be refunded, less a 50% administrative fee. No refunds will be made on cancellations received after that date however delegate substution will be honoured. All cancellation refund requests should be submitted in writing to the UCSF OCME by fax, mail or email (

Registration is being admistered by the University of California San Francisco, Office of Continuing Medical Education. To register and pay the registration fee you will be redirected to the UCSF OCME website. Please click on the following link for the session registration pages:

Albuquerque, NM - Friday, October 31, 2014 (UCSF Course Number MMJ15001A)

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your registration or the registration process please contact:
UCSF Office of Continuing Medical Education
3333 California Street, Room 450, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: 415-476-4251
Fax: 415-476-0318
Registration: 415-476-5808
Registration Fax: 415-502-1795


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 the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) and the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC). UCSF is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Steering Committee

Donald I. Abrams, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine at the UCSF, Chief of Hematology/Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital

Mark A. Ware, MD MSc, Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Family Medicine at McGill University, Director of Clinical Research, Pain Centre, Montreal General Hospital, Montreal, Canada

Donald P. Tashkin, MD, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles

Igor Grant, MD, Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, Director, Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR)

Michael Shafer, PhD, Professor, School of Social Work, Graduate Director, Nicholas E. Cummings Doctor of Behavioral Health, Director, Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, Schools of Social Work & Letters and Sciences, Arizona State University


This program has received financial support in the form of educational grants from:


Contact and Additional Information

General information:
CCIC Education Coordinator
tel: 1-514-934-1934 ext. 44362
fax: 1-514-934-8491

UCSF Office of Continuing Medical Education
3333 California Street, Room 450
San Francisco, CA 94118
Registration: 415-476-5808
Registration Fax: 415-502-1795
Registration Online:

See you in Albuquerque!