High Noon

September 11, 2018 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)


Dilemma #1:  A patient has a prescription for medical marijuana. He brings it to the hospital and a nurse finds it. Marijuana isn’t on the hospital’s formulary and the hospital policy prohibiting patients from bringing drugs from home has narrow exceptions that don’t include medical marijuana.  The patient has contacted a marijuana advocacy group which is pressuring the hospital to revise its policies and procedures related to medical marijuana.  What now?

Dilemma #2:  Our hospital tests all prospective employees for the use of illegal drugs after an offer of employment has been extended.  The testing is done by human resources and applies to physicians who have been recruited by our hospital’s affiliated group practice.  One of the physicians who was recruited by the group practice tested positive for marijuana.  We are located in a state in which both medicinal and recreational marijuana use and possession has recently been legalized.  We do not have a policy addressing this situation.  What do we do?

These dilemmas are just some of the many that hospitals are facing because of the legalization of marijuana in a number of states.  The push for legalization is not letting up.  Even if you are not currently in a state in which marijuana has been legalized, there is a chance that this could change in the future.

Topics:      Effectively Dealing with Marijuana Legalization Dilemmas

Faculty:   Ian Donaldson  and  Charles Chulack

Listen live on September 11, 2018.  Or, purchase the recording (mp3 or CD) of this audio conference to share with medical staff members at an upcoming meeting or throughout the year.

Registration for this audio conference (includes MP3): $250/line (Additional lines are $50 each, limit 2 additional lines. Please call us to set up additional lines.)

Audio CD or MP3 of this audio conference (in lieu of participation): $250

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This audio conference is part of our 2018 Grand Rounds series. Order the entire series now for just $1,850 (12 Audio Conferences+January BONUS AC — including MP3 of each). Click here for more information.

Designed to be informative for any medical staff member, Grand Rounds 2018 should be particularly helpful for medical staff leadership:  Medical Staff Officers, members of the Medical Executive Committee, Department Chairs, Chairs of the Credentials and Peer Review Committees, and the Chairs of other key medical staff committees. 

If you have new members in any of these important positions, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for direct education that we guarantee will be helpful to them in their new roles.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this audio conference, participants should be able to:

  • Distinguish the interaction of federal and state law with respect to marijuana;
  • Recognize the properties of marijuana, its proposed medicinal uses, and its classification (and the reasons for this classification) under federal law; and
  • Develop skills to manage policy issues that arise because of the legalization of marijuana in certain states.

Education Credit

Instructions on how to obtain your Continuing Education certificate for audio conferences will be e-mailed to the contact person for your organization at the conclusion of each audio conference.

Category 1 CME

Joint Provider Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and HortySpringer Seminars.  The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CEUs Credit

Other health care professionals are awarded 0.1 continuing education units (CEUs), which is equal to 1 contact hour.

NAMSS Continuing Education Credit

This course has been approved for National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) continuing education credit and NAMSS hereby awards 1.0 NAMSS continuing education credits for participation in this activity.  Accreditation of this educational content in no way implies endorsement or sponsorship by NAMSS.


Audio Conference Registration:   $1,850/line for all twelve 2018 monthly Grand Rounds (includes BONUS Sexual Harassment Grand Rounds on January 23, 2018).

Audio Conference Registration:   $1,850/line for all 2018 monthly Grand Rounds (includes Bonus Sexual Harassment Grand Rounds).

Audio Conference & MP3:     $1,850 for all 2018 monthly Grand Rounds (Participation and MP3).

CD Only:        $1,850 for all 2018 monthly Grand Round recordings.
MP3 Only:    $1,850 for all 2018 monthly Grand Round recordings.

Mix and Match:  $250 for participation in each 2018 Grand Rounds audio conferences.