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Required Medical Cannabis Training Course for Healthcare Providers Offered Oct. 22 at USciences

By Brian Kirschner

As the State of Pennsylvania moves towards implementing its medical marijuana program in 2018, University of the Sciences has received approval as a medical cannabis educational provider for health professionals. USciences will offer its first live, four-hour medical cannabis training course on Oct. 22, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to allow physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners to meet the training requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Health Office of Medical Marijuana.

Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana law requires that licensed dispensaries employ a pharmacist or physician on site during operating hours. Dispensaries that operate satellite locations can also hire a nurse practitioner or physician assistant at those locations. Physicians who want to register with the state Medical Marijuana Program, or medical professionals who want to work for dispensaries (physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners) are required to complete a four-hour training course.

Medical Cannabis-Clinical Considerations and Dispensing in Pennsylvania (ACPE No. 0226-9999-17-007-L01-P) is being taught by four educators, three of whom are USciences alumni:

  • Melani Bersten, PharmD’16, Medical Cannabis Pharmacist, Minnesota
  • Darshan Kulkarni, PharmD’02, JD, Regulatory & Compliance Attorney, Kulkarni Law Firm; Visiting Professor, Biomedical Writing & MBA Programs, USciences.
  • Joseph Morgan, MD, AACM, Senior Medical Director at Onconova Therapeutics, Newtown, Pa.
  • Christine Roussel, PharmD’06 and PhTx’03, BCOP, Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Doylestown (Pa.) Hospital

The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016, and became effective on May 17, 2016 with the expectation it would be fully implemented by 2018. The program will offer medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a physician’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by Act 16.

The continuing education seminar is sponsored by Alpha Zeta Omega, National Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Philadelphia Alumni Chapter which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of Continuing Pharmacy Education.

In addition, the course offers continuing medical education credits that have been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) through the joint providership of Virtua and University of the Sciences. Virtua is accredited by MSNJ to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Virtua Health designates this continuing medical education activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For more information about the medical cannabis training course organized by the newly established Substance Use Disorders Institute at USciences, click here. Individuals interested in the just the medical marijuana training course can arrive for registration at 10:30 a.m.

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