General Sessions

General Sessions

Opening General Session
Saturday, March 25
9:00 am–11:00 am

Opioids are among the most effective available analgesics. However, combating opioid misuse, abuse and addiction, and opioid-related overdoses are national public health priorities. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified prescription drug abuse and overdose as one of the top five health threats. In response to the White House calling on public and private organizations to help address prescription drug and heroin abuse and the recent guideline recommendations published by the CDC, APhA has dedicated the opening keynote presentation to address current thinking regarding the use of opioids in pain management.

Elliot J. Krane, MD, a practicing physician and professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University Medical Center, will explore these timely issues.
 

Second General Session
Sunday, March 26
9:00 am–11:00 am

As big data, consensus statements, and treatment algorithms pervade medicine, small gestures of kindness and spontaneity fall by the wayside. And while we might learn more about a particular patient’s preferences or tolerance for risk while explaining the pros and cons of a specific procedure or test, a more robust, more holistic understanding requires a deeper appreciation of “who is this person I am speaking with.” To better serve patients, we need to see not only who they are, but also who they were, and ultimately, who they hope to become, even at the end of life. These conversations allow patients to discuss and explore their preferences about an array of complex medical interventions. Come to this session to hear the patient’s story with Dr. Leana Wen.

Leana Wen, MD, is a Rhodes Scholar, TED speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed book, When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests. Dr. Wen received her medical training from Washington University and Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wen is currently the Baltimore City Health Commissioner, overseeing the nation’s oldest public health agency.