by Rick Thompson/ September 22, 2019
Medical and other professionals are required to attend educational courses each year in order to maintain their state certifications. More and more often these professionals are attending cannabis and hemp conferences to meet their continuing educational responsibility.
The Great Lakes Patient Care Conference in Traverse City this past weekend featured presentations by medical professionals, and those who attended a specific course could qualify for one and a half hours of Continuing Education credits (CE). This is the fourth year for the conference but the first time the event’s curriculum qualified for the CE status.
“Professional continuing education is a specific learning activity generally characterized by the issuance of a certificate or continuing education units (CEU) for the purpose of documenting attendance at a designated seminar or course of instruction,” per Wikipedia.
CE credits are used by dentists, pharmacists and others to prove their commitment to their specialty. Dental specialists can receive 8 CEU credits by attending one of two events in Michigan designed to bridge the gap between cannabis-using patient and medical services providers.
Concord Seminars is hosting the “What All Dental Professionals Need to Know About: Local Anesthetic Agents, Marijuana (Cannabis) & Opioids and Pain Control” series. The Michigan seminars will be in Bay City and Ann Arbor, but the series continues over several months into multiple states.
1.5 CE credits are available for attendees of “What about Weed? The Cannabis Controversy: Past, Present, and Future” taking place in March 2020. The event is being held in Ypsilanti at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center.
Seven CE credits are available for attendees of the “Medical Marijuana – Ethics & Pain Management” event in Southfield. The course is aimed at social workers and happens in November.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits hold a different accreditation than CE courses. CME credits are required for physicians and nurses. Each state sets their own standard for how frequently and how many CME credits must be earned. According to BoardVitals.com, Michigan has different requirements for osteopathic and traditional physicians.
The Michigan Board of Medicine requires 75 MD AMA PRA Category 1™ and 150 CME credits every three years. The Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery requires 150 DO CME credits every three years…BoardVitals.com
4.5 hours of CME credits can be earned by attending the September 28 event titled, “CMU College of Medicine: Has Michigan Gone to Pot? Current Cannabis Practices and Controversies: Medical Ethics & Pain Management.”
Cannabis-industry events are hosts for more specific training, and certification in odd specialties. 3 Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) credits can be earned at the AvantPay19 conference in Washington, D.C.
Attorneys can benefit from advanced training in cannabis law, too. The Marijuana Law Section of the Michigan State Bar Association offers 10.5 units of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits at their 4th Annual Conference in Grand Rapids this October. Similarly, the NORML Key West Legal Seminar in December offers CLE credits to those lawyers whose states require them.