The Oklahoma Medical Board(OMB) has published an announcement for an upcoming 'training session' entitled "Pills, Pot and the Politics of Pain".
The content listed in the program is devoted completely to Opiate addiction and black market crime details. No medical training on Cannabis alternatives for pain management is mentioned anywhere in the program.
The course offering has been certified (by the OMB) to suffice as meeting a state requirement of renewed licensure of continuing healthcare education. The title, however seems more like a political indoctrination meeting. It focuses on politics and the impact of political events upon the treatment of pain, and the medical use of Cannabis, which they still insist on referring to as 'pot'.
To this point, no Oklahoma medical school or state licensure exam requires or offers any actual education on the endocannabinoid system or the proper dosing & safeguards for incorporating cannabis medicines.
The event is scheduled for March and will be held in the Embassy Suites hotel. Members will get an early registration discount if they sign up & pay before Valentines Day.
The OMB (a state agency which governs medical licensure) is not conducting the course. They are merely promoting it for the Oklahoma Medical Association (a trade group which is hostile toward the new medical marijuana laws).
It appears to demonstrate a bias of yet another state agency. They reward a physician with education credits for attending a political rally.
Chip Paul, of Oklahomans for Health said; "This is more of 'same ol'... same ol' blurring the lines between agencies and entrenched trade groups."
The OMA largely ignored the Oklahoma Health Department's public comment process when the first draft of temporary rules were being written. Instead, they waited until the final draft was published, and then they trashed it while donning their starched & pressed white lab coats (for optical effect).
The president-elect, Dr. Jean Hausheer, is an eye doctor. The woman in stripes was the executive director of the state's pharmaceutical trade association (Chelsea Church) was fired by her trade group when the OSBI confirmed they were investigating her alleged bribery attempts of leaders at the Health Department.
Politics of Pain CME
OKLAHOMA STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Pills, Pot and the Politics of Pain
Friday March 1, 2019
7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Embassy Suites Downtown Medical Center
741 N. Phillips Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
Click here to view schedule and registration form
The OSMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
CME Early Registration (before Feb. 15, 2019)
OSMA Members and Non-Physician Staff $150
OSMA Non-Members and Non-Physician Staff $300
CME Standard Pricing (Feb. 15-March 1, 2019)
OSMA Members and Non-Physician Staff $175
OSMA Non-Members and Non-Physician Staff $350Posted on 12/14/2018
The published program only shows a list of speakers, but no actual syllabus or educational content. A former district court judge and a Tulsa police officer are two of the early program speakers. Cortney Lovell will give her testimony of recovery from Opiate addiction. That's the morning program. the afternoon is a discussion of politics.
Nothing about this $300 event covers any substantive education on what they duride as 'Pot".
7:45 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Tom Landrith, J.D. , Former Judge for District 22 in Pontotoc County, Okla., “Working Together to Fight This Epidemic”
9:45 a.m. Captain Mark Wollmershauser, Jr., Tulsa Police Department, “Drug Diversion: The Cartel in Oklahoma”
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Cortney Lovell, Founder and Director of WRise LLC, “The Story I Lived to Tell”
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Keith Wailoo, Ph.D., American Historian, Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University, “Why Are the Politics of Pain So Controversial in America?”
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Q and A with the Speakers
3:30 p.m. Sam Quinones, Journalist and Author of Dreamland, “Dreamland: America’s Opiate Epidemic and How We Got Here”
4:30 p.m. A Conversation with Mr. Quinones, Moderated by Kevin Taubman, M.D.