Conference #1680
Hot Topics in Pain Management & Addiction Medicine

December 15 - 16, 2023
New York City, New York

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Friday, December 15, 2023
8:15 AMUnderstanding Substance Use Disorder
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Andrew A. Herring, MD
9:15Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
(Rx = 45 minutes)
Aimee Moulin, MD
10:15Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
11:00Cocaine vs. Methamphetamine: What's the Difference?
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, FACMT
11:30How to Build a Bridge Program, Pay for It, and Utilize PAs & APRNs to Run It
Arianna Campbell, PA-C
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
2:30Xylazine (Tranq-Dope): Addressing an "Emerging Threat"
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, FACMT
3:00Evidence-Based Strategies to Reduce Tobacco Use
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Aimee Moulin, MD
3:30Treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal & Alcohol Use Disorder
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Monish Ullal, MD, FACP, FASAM
4:30Questons & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Saturday, December 16, 2023
8:00 AMContemporary Pain Management
(Rx = 45 minutes)
Andrew A. Herring, MD
9:00Tackling Substance Use Disorder: The 15 Minute Office/ED Visit
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Arianna Campbell, PA-C
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30Challenging Cases in Pain Management
Monish Ullal, MD, FACP, FASAM
11:30Regional Anesthesia
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Andrew A. Herring, MD
12:30 PMCreating a Stigma-Free Environment
Arianna Campbell, PA-C
1:00The Corner Store: Delta 8 THC, Novel Cannibinoids, and Kratom
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, FACMT
1:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses will be granted for these sessions


Our conference on Hot Topics in Pain Management & Addiction Medicine is an overview of interdisciplinary pain management and addiction education designed to provide physicians, nurse practitioners, physician associates, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals knowledge and competence in recognizing and understanding the unique needs of patients with pain and drug addictive behaviors. Covering a wide array of topics, experts will discuss the current state of the opioid crisis, share methodology and inter-professional approaches to deal with critical issues, and identify opportunities to approach the treatment of pain and substance abuse. This conference will provide a platform for learners to exchange knowledge, share best practices, and explore new strategies in order to improve patient care and outcomes in this critical area of healthcare.

Topics for this year’s conference have been selected based on the educational needs underlying identified professional practice gaps. The gaps were derived from a variety of sources including evaluations and outcomes data from past participants, clinical expert input, Symposia Medicus’ online survey, and other medical and nursing data such as current clinical guidelines, research findings, literature reviews, and patient safety considerations.

An outstanding faculty has been assembled for this conference. Each faculty member was selected based on their individual area of expertise and ability to communicate current, evidence-based, and practical information to participants.

The conference format includes didactic lectures, question and answer sessions, and case studies. Following a group of lectures, the question and answer sessions allow attendees to ask the faculty critical and challenging questions about caring for patients during various primary care situations.


As a result of participating in this conference, you should have increased knowledge and enhanced competence to…

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and societal implications of substance use disorders, thereby enhancing your capacity to identify, diagnose, and refer patients for appropriate care
  • Discuss the development of and funding for bridge programs while exploring effective collaboration with other allied healthcare professionals to expand healthcare reach and improve patient outcomes
  • Cultivate an advanced understanding of modern pain management techniques, emphasizing the use of both non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies to achieve optimal patient comfort and strengthen your skills and confidence in performing regional anesthesia for both emergency department and primary care procedures, ultimately optimizing patient care through efficient and effective pain management
  • Discuss the creation of stigma-free healthcare environments, emphasizing the importance of empathy, respect, and communication in the treatment of patients with substance use disorders
  • Recognize the unique challenges and effective management strategies of sedative-hypnotic drug withdrawal, ensuring swift and effective response in the clinical setting
  • Broaden your understanding of less common drugs of abuse, thereby promoting early detection and intervention to enhance patient outcomes

Enrollment for this cruise conference is limited in order to provide the best possible learning environment.
Early registration is advised.

If postmarked by
October 6, 2023
If postmarked after
October 6, 2023
Physicians $795 $895
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $695 $795
Discounts are available for retired healthcare providers, active U.S. military, and groups of three or more. For more information, please contact Symposia Medicus prior to registering.
For this conference, we are offering the below options for attendance:
In-Person: Attend in-person in the conference meeting room. Tuition includes continuing education, online access to educational session materials, continental breakfast on Friday and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants.

You can register and receive conference lodging group rates in the following ways:

  • Online via this website (unless otherwise directed) OR:
  • Call (925) 969-1789 Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), with
      Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover; OR
  • By mail; make check payable to Symposia Medicus and send along with registration form to:
    399 Taylor Blvd., Suite 102, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287

Conference registration will be confirmed via email

Please call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


After attending this conference, participants are entitled to a certificate of credit which will be available online. Successful completion of this activity is determined by attending the live activity, reviewing the educational session materials, and submitting the case studies test, evaluations, surveys, and verification of attendance form. Each participant should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This accredited continuing education activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME and ANCC Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education.

Symposia Medicus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Symposia Medicus is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Symposia Medicus designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This ACE activity was developed with standards to address California Assembly Bill (AB) 1195 cultural and linguistic competency (CLC) and CA AB 241 implicit bias (IB) to reduce health disparities. Please refer to the accreditation page on our website for resources.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending. Please check our website for updated credit information.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 12 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.

Physician Associates
NCCPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician associates may receive a maximum of 12 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 12.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 14.4 contact hours.

The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for Nurses
This activity is designated for a maximum of 3.75 pharmacotherapeutic credits towards meeting the requirement for nursing pharmacology continuing education. Sessions awarding pharmacotherapeutic credits are denoted with an Rx in the schedule. Please contact your state’s Board of Nursing for specific educational requirements as they may vary state to state.

DEA Education Requirement
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) now requires that licensees nationally demonstrate that they have completed eight (8) hours of relevant accredited education before they can obtain a new license or renew their current licenses. Beginning June 27, 2023, practitioners must have completed the one-time education requirement before applying for a license for the first time or to have their license renewed. This conference fulfills the new, one-time eight (8) hour DEA requirement of the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act for all registered practitioners on substance use disorders, effective treatment planning, and pain management and substance misuse.

Arianna Campbell, PA-C
Director, Bridge; Principal Investigator, PHI; Physician Associate, Emergency Department & Primary Care; Marshall Medical Center; Placerville, California
Andrew A. Herring, MD - Conference Chairperson
Director of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, Alameda Health System - Highland Hospital; System Director of Substance Use Disorder Treatment; Medical Director, Bridge Clinic, Co-Director, CA Bridge; PI Public Health Institute, Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor Emergency Medicine; University of California, San Francisco; San Francisco, California
Aimee Moulin, MD
Professor Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, UC Davis Health; Director, Co-Principal Investigator, Bridge to Treatment; Placerville, California
Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, FACMT
Professor of Emergency Medicine; Director, Division of Medical Toxicology & Addiction Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine; Director, Penn Center for Addiction Medicine & Policy, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Monish Ullal, MD, FACP, FASAM
Associate Medical Director, AHS Bridge Program, Division of Addiction Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine; Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine; Highland Hospital, Alameda Health System; Oakland, California


Consistent with ACCME and ANCC guidelines, it is the policy of Symposia Medicus to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all educational activities. Prior to the planning of this educational activity, all individuals in a position to influence and/or control the content of continuing education activities have been asked to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies within the past 24 months. Symposia Medicus will also ensure that any and all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies will be mitigated before the conference commences. Beyond disclosure and mitigation of relevant financial relationships, faculty are required to disclose when they plan to discuss pharmaceuticals and/or medical devices that are not approved by the FDA and/or medical or surgical procedures that involve an unapproved or “off-label” use of an approved device or pharmaceutical. Symposia Medicus is committed to providing learners with commercially unbiased continuing education activities. This information is intended to assist learners in forming their own judgments about the content presented. Disclosure information will be included in the educational session materials for this activity and speakers will provide a disclosure slide for each presentation, which they will also disclose verbally on site.

Symposia Medicus values the well-being of our attendees, faculty, and staff and collaborates with the conference venue to ensure the safety and protection of all on-site participants.

In recognition of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, proof of vaccination and/or face mask use requirements may change from the time of conference announcement and your registration, until the conference takes place. Current policies and attendance requirements for this conference are provided here, and we encourage you to refer to this information as needed, particularly as it gets closer to your on-site date, so that you can take any action you feel appropriate to be in compliance.

At this time, the following is in effect for on-site attendance:


We care about the health and safety of our conference attendees. As the event gets closer, Symposia Medicus will communicate any relevant health and safety policies and procedures implemented by us and/or the conference venue.



Symposia Medicus has conference group rates at New York Hilton Midtown.

These special rates will only be available until Thursday, November 23, 2023 and will only be available after that date on a space and rate available basis. We recommend you reserve your lodging as soon as possible, as rooms at the conference group rates are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Rooms may sell out and/or room rates may increase prior to the release date.

1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6078
(Located on 6th Avenue between West 53rd and West 54th Streets)
Phone: 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667)

Hotel accommodations are in high demand in New York City during the holiday season


To make your reservation, please use this link:

Or you can call (800) 445-8667.

These group rates will also be available three days before and three days after the conference (based on availability) if you wish to extend your stay.

City Room (Floors 5-33)(Single/Double) - $389/night
Features a single king or queen, or two double beds, 55-inch television, on-demand entertainment, spacious work area, two telephones with voicemail, and in-room WiFi capabilities.

Skyline Rooms (Executive Floors 34-43) (Single/Double) - $429/night
(Very limited, please reserve early)
Skyline Rooms are on higher floors of the hotel and include the same features as the City Rooms as well as upgraded bath amenities, and access to the Executive Lounge, located on the lobby level. The lounge features daily continental breakfast, and continuous coffee and tea service.

By booking your lodging using the Symposia Medicus group rates, the following items are included: Complimentary guestroom internet, complimentary access to the fitness center, a 15% discount at Herb n’ Kitchen in the hotel, and double HHonors points for all HHonors members.

  • A deposit equal to one night’s room & tax is due to the hotel with major credit card upon making your reservation. Each guestroom must have at least one registered guest 21 years of age or older.
  • Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - 8.875% New York State sales tax
    - 5.875% plus $2.00 Occupancy Tax
    - $1.50 tertiary tax
  • Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age
  • Mandatory 3rd & 4th additional adult charge (19 years & older) is $20 each, per night and will be added to the nightly room rate
  • Children 18 years & younger are complimentary in room with an adult – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy
  • Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in
  • Rollaway Beds & Cribs: An additional $35 each for the entire length of stay (subject to availability and change). Rollaway beds are only available in king bedded rooms. Cribs are complimentary (subject to availability and change)
  • Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is noon. Guests arriving prior to 3:00pm will be accommodated as rooms become available.
  • A 30-minute break has been allotted in our conference schedule on the last day for those of who need to check out
  • Early Departure Fee: Please confirm your scheduled departure date with the hotel at check-in. An early departure fee equal to one night’s room and tax will be charged to any guest who checks out of the hotel before their confirmed departure date.
  • Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel requires a credit card or debit card to ensure that funds are available. Holds are placed on your account for your entire stay; however, the amount may be immediately deducted from your account. The length of time for which these holds remain on your credit or debit account varies from bank to bank.
  • Parking: The hotel only offers valet parking at $85/sedan and $100 for SUV and oversized vehicles. There are other parking garages within walking distance of the hotel (prices may vary).
  • Hotel Cancellation Policy: Hotel cancellations must be made directly with the hotel at least 72 hours prior to your confirmed arrival date. After this date, the deposit of one night plus tax will be forfeited.

Conference cancellations must be made in writing (via email) to Symposia Medicus and a refund, less a 10% processing fee, will be given. No refunds will be made if cancellation is received after November 10, 2023; however, tuition, less a 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

All cancellations must be emailed to by the dates stated above.

In the unlikely event of conference cancellation by Symposia Medicus, full tuition refunds will be made. Symposia Medicus will not be responsible for refunding travel or any other expenses.

Each registrant will have online access to educational session materials. The educational session materials will be available for download approximately one week prior to the conference (you’ll receive an email with instructions).

If you are unable to attend this conference, you may purchase an electronic copy of the educational session materials one week after the conference. Please email for more information.


You can fly into LaGuardia Airport (LGA), which is approximately 25 minutes from the hotel; John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), which is approximately 45 minutes from the hotel; or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), which is approximately one hour from the hotel. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska, Delta, and United Airlines for this conference. Reservations can be made either through your travel agency or through the airlines at the website or Convention Desk numbers listed below.

In order to receive the discounted rate, you or your travel agent must refer to the Symposia Medicus Group ID number listed here.

Alaska Airlines
For discounts on Alaska Airlines flights, please book online at and click on the link “Use Discount Code,” located at the bottom of the “Book Flights” box. Once you click on this link, another page will appear. On this page, you will need to insert ECME622 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.
Blackout Dates Apply: December 15-21, 2023

Delta Airlines
For discounts on Delta Airlines, please visit, enter in your travel plans and then click on the “Advanced Search” link located below the “Passenger” box. Once you click on this link, a panel will appear and you will need to insert NMVXF in the “Meeting Code” box.
For questions, please call the Delta Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 328-1111.

United Airlines
For discounts on United Airlines, please visit and click on Advanced Search, located on the bottom left corner of the “Book Travel” box. Once you click on this link, another page will appear. At the bottom of this page, you will insert ZMA2992670 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box.
For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.


Manhattan is exciting at any time of the year, but in December, when the holiday season activities are at their peak, it is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Few places in the world have the magnetism and thrilling pace of New York City, and our conference will be held right in the heart of it all. Conveniently located in midtown Manhattan (1335 Avenue of the Americas – 6th Avenue, between West 53rd & West 54th Streets), the New York Hilton Midtown is just a short walk away from Broadway theaters, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Diamond District, Times Square, and Central Park. Our beautiful hotel makes this weekend in New York appealing, and the outstanding theater, opera, and other live performances throughout the holiday season make it even more enticing.

Come visit The Big Apple, where you are sure to enjoy our exciting conference on Hot Topics in Pain Management & Addiction Medicine in the exhilarating surroundings of New York City.


To check availability or purchase theater tickets, please call us at (925) 969-1789 or send an email to

We have purchased a limited number of theater tickets for the below Broadway shows.

To order your tickets, or if you have any questions, please call us at (925) 969-1789.

We recommend that you place your order as soon as possible, as we do sell out. Please note, you must be registered for the conference before you can purchase tickets. To register for the conference, please visit, or call us at (925) 969-1789.

For show descriptions, please visit

You will pick-up your tickets at our conference check-in desk on Friday, December 15th. Tickets cannot be shipped or mailed to you.

Please visit the theater’s website for more detailed information and updated requirements:

Friday, December 15

SIX (8:00pm)
Theater: Lena Horne
Seating: Orchestra
Price per ticket: $235

&Juliet (8:00pm)
Theater: Stephen Sondheim
Seating: Orchestra
Price per ticket: $179

Kimberly Akimbo (8:00pm)
Theater: Booth
Seating: Orchestra
Price per ticket: $159

Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular (7:00pm)
Theater: Radio City Music Hall
Seating: Orchestra
Price per ticket: $189

Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular (7:00pm)
Theater: Radio City Music Hall
Seating: Prime Orchestra
Price per ticket: $205

Saturday, December 16

Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular (7:00pm)
Theater: Radio City Music Hall
Seating: Prime Orchestra
Price per ticket: $205

* Prices above include a service charge, however, it is less than the service charge you would pay through other ticket sellers, such as, Ticketmaster, etc. We also order our tickets early in the year to get the best seating.