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  • January 06, 2021 5:40 PM | Anonymous


    The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) will present the 2021 Virtual ‘Total Tox Course’ on three Fridays in February – the 5th, 12th, and 19th. Attendees may choose to register for one, two, or for the complete course, all three days. Register here.

    The Total Tox Course is a comprehensive review of the scope of emergency toxicology and will include up-to-date interventions and management options for poisoned patients. Prominent experts in medical toxicology and emergency medicine will lead the course. The 3-day course will focus on medical toxicology topics of interest to Physicians, Pharmacists, Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Medics, EMTs, Specialists in Poison Information (SPI), Laboratorians, Poison Center Educators, First Responders, Operational or Tactical Specialists, Residents and Students. Attendees will be presented with the most up-to-date information to evaluate and manage cases of poisoning and exposure to medications, drugs of abuse, chemical terrorism, and environmental toxins.

    Topics will include:

    • Dangers and Management of Opioid Abuse
    • Over-the-Counter Poisons
    • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    • Envenomations
    • Disaster Preparedness - Radiation, Nerve Agents, & Biologic Terrorism
    • Dangers in Your House
    • Tricyclic Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, SSRIs and Lithium
    • Ethanol Intoxication & Withdrawal
    • Plants, Mushrooms & Nutritional Supplements
    • Toxic Alcohols
    • Antimicrobials & Antivirals
    • Drug Screen Pitfalls
    • Asphyxiants
    • Anticonvulsants
    • Malignant Hyperthermia
    • Local Anesthetic Toxicity
    • Dysrhythmias
    • Beta and Calcium Channel Blockers
    • Toxicity of Endocrine Agents

    Course organizer Christina Hantsch, MD, FACEP, FAACT, FACMT explains, “The possibility of a hazmat event is a daily reality; drug overdose has surpassed trauma to become a leading cause of death from injury in the US and is increasing with the COVID-19 pandemic-related stress; exposure to disinfectants, sanitizers and both prescribed and homeopathic COVID-19 treatments are also increasing. With facts such as these in mind, it’s clear that healthcare providers need to stay up-to-date in toxicology.”

    This activity is eligible for CME (Continue Medical Education) and CPE (Continuing Pharmacy Education). Registration for the course is open now! Register here.

    This course has been recommended by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM), American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (AAENP), American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), Central State Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association (CSOEMA), Society of Forensic Toxicology (SOFT), and the Wisconsin Society of Addiction Medicine (WISAM).

    About ACMT
    The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) is a professional, nonprofit association of physicians with recognized expertise and board certification in medical toxicology. Our members specialize in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and monitoring of injury and illness from exposures to drugs and chemicals, as well as biological and radiological agents. We care for people in clinical, academic, governmental, and public health settings, and provide poison control center leadership.

  • December 28, 2020 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    The CEPO and DoD Opioid Prescriber Safety Training Work Group has been working diligently to provide an update to the current DoD Opioid Prescriber Safety Training Program on the CE Management System (CMS).

    The DoD Opioid Prescriber Safety Training Program stems from the presidential memo, "Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use," from October 2015 that mandated training for all providers, residents, and clinical trainees in federal health care facilities who prescribe controlled substances. The memo is accessible at It was created by tri-service experts and equips providers to improve patient outcomes for substance use disorders and pain management. This program will replace the previous version that closes on 31 December 2020.

    The new DoD Opioid Prescriber Safety Training Program will go live in the CMS on 1 January 2021 and will offer participants 2.0 Continuing Education/Continuing Medical Education credits (CEs/CMEs). The training features a video developed by the DoD/VA Joint Pain Education Project (JPEP) to summarize the DoD and VHA approach to pain management, as well as, a video developed by the JPEP that provides clinicians and patients with an explanation and understanding of the New Pain Paradigm driven by emerging evidence regarding the risks of opioid therapy.

    Target Audience:
    This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Physician Assistants, Dentists, and other health care professionals.

    To access the DoD Opioid Prescriber Safety Training Program event flyer, please click here.

    2021 Clinical Communities Speaker Series

    The Defense Health Agency's Continuing Education Program Office has scheduled the dates for the FY21 Clinical Communities Speaker Series (CCSS). The CE/CME educational activities enhance quality of care, patient outcomes and population health by improving the practice skills and clinical knowledge of health care providers across the military health care system. Participants will have the opportunity to earn up to 7.0 CE/CME credits per series!

    Save the Date for the FY21 DHA CCSS Activities:

    • 25 February 2021: Emerging Priorities in Women’s Health
    • 22 April 2021: Youth in Transition
    • 24 June 2021: Exploring Evidence-Based Practices in Modern Medicine Primary Care
    • 26 August 2021: Exploration of Innovations in Health Care
    • 28 October 2021: Promising Practices in Military Health Care

    *Please note, event details are subject to change*

    Target Audience:
    CEs/CMEs are available for the following health care professionals: Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Physician Assistants, Optometrists, Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Lab Technicians, Social Workers, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Certified Counselors, Case Managers, Kinesiotherapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, Healthcare Executives, Registered Dieticians, Dietetic Technicians, and other health care professionals.

    To access the 2021 CCSS Save the Date Flyer, please click here.

    Continuing Education:
    The DHA, J-7, CEPO awards the credits, which are limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.

    Please visit the CE Management System to participate in the 2020 DHA CCSS Home Study activities and additional CE/CME offerings:

  • December 08, 2020 1:38 PM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin Health News

    The first COVID-19 vaccinations are expected in Wisconsin soon.

    Wisconsin is set to receive 49,725 first doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine after it receives emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, Stephanie Schauer, Department of Health Services Division of Public Health Immunization Program manager, told reporters Monday.

    And DHS also expects Wisconsin to receive a first allocation of 16,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine this month once it's approved, a spokeswoman said. Further allocations of vaccines doses would arrive in the following weeks, she said.

    DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said the vaccine has not arrived in Wisconsin yet, but they’ll start giving doses sometime this month. 

    “Distributing COVID-19 vaccine is the most significant public health undertaking of our lifetimes,” Willems Van Dijk told reporters. “It will require both preparedness and adaptability and patience.”

    Wisconsin will use a “hub-and-spoke” model to disseminate the Pfizer vaccines, which will arrive in batches to hubs like health systems in each of the state’s healthcare emergency response coalition regions, Willems Van Dijk said. 

    Those hubs will be equipped with the ultra-cold storage needed to store the vaccine. Once at the hubs, vaccines will head to smaller clinics around the area. 

    The Moderna vaccine, when approved and available, will be sent directly to vaccinators since it doesn’t require ultra-cold storage, Willems Van Dijk said. 

    DHS plans to prioritize front-line healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents, followed by high-risk groups. Then the general public will be eligible. 

    Willems Van Dijk said it’ll take months to vaccinate everyone in Wisconsin, meaning people will have to continue using preventive measures for some time.

    She predicted summer or fall would be a “really realistic goal” for moving beyond COVID-19 precautions, like mask wearing and social distancing. 

    “I know everybody’s excited and we’d love to take our masks off by Valentine’s Day, but that’s not just going to happen,” she said. 

    She also said they’re working on a contract for additional vaccinators, given that healthcare providers and public health workers are “deeply embroiled” in responding to the pandemic. 

    Willems Van Dijk said they’re assessing who has capacity and where additional workforce might be needed. 

    The UW System recently offered tuition credit to nursing students who help vaccinate. Willems Van Dijk said that Wisconsin Emergency Management and the Wisconsin National Guard could help bolster efforts. 

    Walgreens and CVS will provide vaccinators in long-term care facilities, she added.
  • December 08, 2020 12:44 PM | Anonymous

    The American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM), American Psychiatric Association (APA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Friends Research Institute (FRI) are developing the Addiction Medicine Practice-based Research Network (AMNet) to address the nation's opioid epidemic.

    Though addiction medicine/psychiatry practices play an essential role in responding to the opioid epidemic, little is known about the type of patients treated in these practices, the type and quality of services their patients receive, and their patient outcomes. These practices often have limited opportunities to organize their data for quality improvement (QI) efforts and are rarely invited to participate in clinical research. AMNet aims to change this disparity.

    On December 18, a special information and session on AMNet will be held virtually to introduce participants to the background and aims of AMNet, discuss eligibility criteria and advantages of participating in AMNet, and demonstrate how to access AMNet standardized tools and quality measures in the PsychPRO.

    AMNet Informational Session
    Friday, December 18, 2020
    2:00 pm CST / 3:00 pm EST
    Please register in advance 

    Questions may be directed to 

  • December 07, 2020 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    The ACMT Total Tox Course is a comprehensive review of the scope of emergency toxicology and will include cutting-edge interventions and management options for poisoned patients. Prominent experts in medical toxicology and emergency medicine lead the course. 

    The online course will focus on medical toxicology topics of interest to emergency providers, including toxicological issues of current clinical and public health importance. Attendees will be presented with state-of-the-art updates on the evaluation and initial management of poisoning and exposure to medications, drugs of abuse, chemical terrorism, and environmental toxins. 

    Target Audience: Physicians, Pharmacists, Advanced Practice Providers, Nurses, Medics, EMTs, SPIs, Laboratorians, Poison Center Educators, First Responders, Operational or Tactical Specialists, Residents and Students. 

    Click here for more information! 

  • December 03, 2020 7:31 PM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin Medical Society | Medigram

    Doctor Day, the state’s premier event for physician advocacy, is set for May 5, 2021. Preparations are underway to ensure the event can be held that day either virtually or in-person – so be sure to save the date! As the state looks forward to finding a way through the COVID-19 pandemic, the 8th annual Doctor Day could be the most important ever. Elected officials and policymakers always benefit from physicians sharing their expertise; that knowledge will be needed even more in spring 2021.

    One of the most popular aspects of Doctor Day is meeting with Capitol legislators and staff, and those important interactions will be on the agenda as well – either virtually or in-person depending on the COVID-19 situation at the time. Of those attending last year’s Doctor Day, 99 percent said they would “highly recommend” the event to their colleagues.

    Please save the date and register today at Contact Heidi Green for more information.

  • November 25, 2020 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    COVID-19 Risk Chart to share with your patients

    The current rise in COVID-19 cases has shown that a significant portion of the general public remains unsure about activities that put them more at risk for catching the underlying virus despite widespread information about COVID-19. To help inform your patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society’s (Society) COVID-19 Task Force has created this downloadable display that you can use when talking with your patients, have on display in your examining rooms, lobby or other areas where patients may see it or give to your patients at discharge.

    The Society’s COVID-19 Task Force meets every other week to discuss the latest issues related to the pandemic and strategize on ways to support physicians and better educate the public. Contact Society Chief Policy and Advocacy Officer Mark Grapentine, JD with any questions or suggestions.

    Nominees sought for Society offices; deadline Jan. 4

    Nominations are now being accepted for several Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) offices, and all nomination materials are due to the Society’s Nominating Committee by Monday, January 4, 2021.

    Candidates are sought for the following offices:

    • President-Elect for 2021-2022
    • AMA Delegate for 2022 and 2023 (two positions) – George Lange, MD, of River Hills (incumbent and eligible for reelection); Charles Rainey, MD, JD of River Hills (ineligible for reelection)
    • AMA Alternate Delegate for 2022 and 2023 – Don Lee, MD, of Milwaukee; Nameeta Dookeran, MD, of Waukesha (both incumbents and eligible for reelection)

    All candidates must submit a curriculum vitae not to exceed three pages, a cover letter no longer than one page, a completed candidate questionnaire for the office the candidate is seeking and a completed Disclosure of Significant Affiliations (conflict of interest) form. The candidate questionnaire forms are available here.*

    The Nominating Committee will meet Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at 4 p.m. via Zoom. The Committee will interview and evaluate the candidates for Society offices and prepare a slate of nominees for presentation to the membership.

    Those serving on 2020-2021 Nominating Committee are:

    • District 1—Arthur Angove, DO, of New Berlin; Joshua Gershtenson, MD, of Kenosha; David Galbis-Reig, MD, of Racine; Michelle Graham, MD, of Milwaukee; Cynthia Jones-Nosacek, MD, of Milwaukee; Aurora Lybeck, MD, of Hartford; Anthony Rieder, MD, of Wauwatosa.
    • District 2—Lynn Broderick, MD, of Madison; Michele Brogunier, MD, of Madison; Natalie Wheeler, MD, of Madison; Alan Schwartzstein, MD, of Oregon.
    • District 3—Hilary Bingol, MD, of La Crosse; Michael White, MD, of Onalaska.
    • District 4—Larry Gordon, DO, of Weston; Michele Montgomery, MD, of Wausau; William Raduege, MD, of Woodruff.
    • District 5—Bret Pasiuk, MD, of Fond du Lac.
    • District 6—Bradley Burmeister, MD, of Green Bay.
    • District 7—Cecil Berlie, MD, of Eau Claire; Lee Hofer, MD, of Eau Claire.
    • District 8—Charles Bertel, MD, of Ashland.
    • Specialty Sections—Vacant.
    • Resident/Fellow—Evan Henricks, MD, of Milwaukee.
    • Medical Students—Kyle Bevers, Medical College of Wisconsin; Noah Borchardt, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

    Communications to the Nominating Committee should be addressed to Clyde “Bud” Chumbley, MD, MBA, CEO, Wisconsin Medical Society, PO Box 1109, Madison, WI 53701. Communications also can be emailed to Noreen KruegerClick here to learn more about the nominating process and to download the candidate questionnaires and the conflict of interest form.*

    Note: The Society will post the completed candidate questionnaire and cover letter on WisMed Community upon submission. The Society will post the conflict of interest form of all candidates selected by the Nominating Committee as nominees on WisMed Community after nomination by the Committee.

    For questions or more information, email Noreen Krueger.

    *WisMed Community is a members-only resource and will require you to log in. For questions or assistance please contact Anne Hauer.

    Financial lunch and learn sessions

    Put the major financial pieces in place for your future by joining one or all of the lunch and learn classes hosted by WisMed Financial. The Retirement Readiness series is focused on decisions for those near or in retirement. Financial Planning 101 provides a good knowledge base for anyone. All of the sessions start at noon. To register please visit

    Retirement Readiness
    11/19 Have you saved enough and Social Security
    12/3 Wills, estate documents and charitable giving
    12/10 Replacing the paycheck with investments and smart tax planning
    12/17 Health insurance, Medicare and long-term care

    Financial Planning 101
    11/17 Cash flow and eliminating debt including student loans
    11/24 Charitable giving, wills and other estate documents
    12/1 Saving for retirement and kids’ college
    12/8 Building an investment portfolio
    12/15 Smart tax strategies, life and disability insurance

    To learn more or for questions, please contact Mark Ziety, CFP®, AIF® of WisMed Financial, Inc.

    Mark Ziety, CFP®, AIF®
    WisMed Financial, Inc. part of the Wisconsin Medical Society

    Society continues statewide push for smart COVID-19 behaviors

    Building off of Governor Tony Evers’s November 18 announcement that he will declare another public health emergency and extend the face coverings order through mid-January 2021, the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) called on the state to help protect physicians and other health care staff in the face of a growing COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Every day, more Wisconsin physicians... are personally affected by the pandemic, and that means hospital capacities are even more strained,” Society President Erik Gundersen, MD, said in a press statement provided to the state’s media outlets. “Everyone in Wisconsin needs to rally around what can attack this pandemic.

    “If we all do this, we can save lives,” Gundersen said.

    As various gubernatorial orders have been challenged in the state’s courts as an overreach of executive branch power, Wisconsin’s COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise – dragging hospitalizations and ICU bed usage numbers along with them. Combined with more health care staff succumbing to the virus itself or quarantining due to exposure, dramatic action is needed to help stave off even worse overall outcomes.

    “The Society is continuing to call for all private and public entities to help fight the pandemic and protect our heroic health care workforce,” Society CEO Bud Chumbley, MD, MBA, said. “Physicians can lead the way in urging our communities to put politics aside and do the things that we know make a difference: wash hands, wear masks and stay home.

    “The Society will continue to use all of its means to help physicians during the pandemic,” Dr. Chumbley said. “And that includes urging the public to step up for their physicians and the communities they serve.”

    As the holiday season approaches – and as COVID-19 cases continue to rise at alarming rates – the Society’s COVID-19 Task Force created this downloadable display that can be used when talking with patients, as a display in examining rooms, lobbies or other areas where patients may see it or give to patients at discharge. Additionally, Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) produced an informational piece about how to celebrate the holidays safely.

    Physicians can access the Society’s COVID-19 Resources page for additional tools that can help them educate the public about smart COVID-19 behaviors and other information.

    Contact Society Chief Policy and Advocacy Officer Mark Grapentine, JD for more information.

  • November 23, 2020 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    The ASAM 2020 National election is NOW open through December 7, 2020.

    ASAM’s Officers and Board of Directors define the strategy and direction of ASAM and ensure our policies, programs, and services align with ASAM’s mission.  This year we are selecting who will represent our chapter on the ASAM Board as regional director. This is an important election and I encourage everyone to participate.

    The individuals elected represent YOU and speak as the voice of addiction medicine for ASAM. Make your voice heard by casting your electronic vote TODAY for ASAM’s 2021 Officers and Regional Directors.

    Physician members should have received a special email from ASAM’s election vendor Survey & Ballot Systems with your unique, encrypted, ballot link. Check your email and vote today! Click here to preview this year’s nominees.

    **If you do not have your election login information, please click on the link below, enter your email address that is on file with ASAM, and your election login information will be emailed to you.

  • November 11, 2020 4:51 PM | Anonymous

    Early lessons from maternal mortality review committees on drug-related deaths - time for obstetrical providers to take the lead in addressing addiction
    Marcela C. Smid, MD, MA, MS; Charles W. Schauberger, MD; Mishka Terplan, MD; Tricia E. Wright, MD

    The problem: In the United States, maternal mortality review committees are providing compelling data that drug-related deaths are emerging as a leading cause of pregnancy-associated death (death during pregnancy or up to a year postpartum). Recommendations from the maternal mortality review committees consistently highlight screening all pregnant and postpartum women for drug use and improving access to evidence-based substance use disorder and mental health treatment. Unfortunately, many providers lack the confidence, skills, and necessary resources to screen for substance use, provide basic behavioral health services, or facilitate referral to high-quality services in their clinical settings. Our profession’s collective lack of response to a leading cause of maternal death represents a missed opportunity for potentially life-saving interventions.

    A solution: We call on our fellow obstetrician-gynecologists to incorporate the lessons learned from maternal mortality review committees and integrate addiction assessment and treatment into prenatal and postpartum care. However, provider-level integration of behavioral health services is insufficient to fully address the magnitude of drug-related maternal deaths in the United States. Therefore, we ask our colleagues to address the structural and systemic barriers to care identified by the maternal mortality review committees. By doing so, we can prevent drug-related maternal deaths.

    Read the full article here. 
  • November 10, 2020 4:06 PM | Anonymous

    CNBC | Sam Meredith

    Pfizer and BioNTech announced Monday their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 among those without evidence of prior infection, hailing the development as “a great day for science and humanity.”

    I think we can see light at the end of the tunnel,” Pfizer Chairman and CEO Dr. Albert Bourla told CNBC’s Meg Tirrell on “Squawk Box.” “I believe this is likely the most significant medical advance in the last 100 years, if you count the impact this will have in public health, global economy.”

    The announcement comes as drugmakers and research centers scrambled to deliver a safe and effective vaccine to help bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 1.2 million lives worldwide.

    Scientists are hoping for a coronavirus vaccine that is at least 75% effective, while White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has said one that is 50% or 60% effective would be acceptable.

    Read more.

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