TheAnswerPage Creates the "New York State Practitioner Education-Medical Use of Marijuana Course" for New York’s Department of Health

February 04, 2016 | Talana Lattimer

New York, NY - The Answer Page, Inc. in collaboration with the New York Department of Health created and launched the “New York State Practitioner Education-Medical Use of Marijuana Course" on www.TheAnswerPage.com.

TheAnswerPage is proud to offer the Medical Use of Marijuana Course created by Stephen B. Corn, MD and Meredith Fisher-Corn, MD with contributions from experts around the globe and approved by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). Physicians seeking to register with the NYSDOH to certify patients for medical marijuana must complete this course. Pharmacists working in dispensing facilities must take the four-hour course before they may counsel, or supervise another employee who may counsel, certified patients and designated caregivers on the use, administration, and risks associated with approved medical marijuana products. Any healthcare professionals interested in learning more about medical marijuana are also eligible to enroll. Upon successful completion of the program, those who complete the course will receive 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits.

The Medical Use of Marijuana Course offering consists of the following content: Understanding the endocannabinoid system, cannabis clinical uses and therapeutic indications, pharmacology, contraindications, side effects, adverse reactions, overdose prevention, drug interactions, dosing and routes of administration, risks and benefits, warnings and precautions, abuse and dependence, and cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome.  Disease states will include Cancer, Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Intractable Spasticity, Epilepsy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Neuropathies and Huntington’s Disease.

Practitioners who have completed the course and who wish to register with NYSDOH to certify patients for medical marijuana must email the course completion certificate (in PDF format) to NYSDOH at mmp@health.ny.gov, along with the practitioner’s State License number and Health Commerce System (HCS) User ID. Once NYSDOH validates the information provided, it will send confirmation to the practitioner that he or she is registered with NYSDOH. Practitioners may not certify patients for medical marijuana until they receive confirmation from NYSDOH that they are registered to do so.

Of those who completed the course to date, over 50% rated it as “Excellent”, over 40% as “Very Good” and importantly, and over 85% of participants would change their practice as the result of this CME activity.

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ABOUT THE ANSWER PAGE: TheAnswerPage.com is a medical education website co-founded by Stephen B. Corn, MD that has been providing medical educational content worldwide since 1998. Top universities link to TheAnswerPage.com and they receive "thank yous" from healthcare providers around the world, including from those individuals who depend on their quality educational content.  TheAnswerPage is now read in over 120 countries, has granted well over 100,000 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™ and offers an industry-unique interactive crossword puzzle for a fun and effective learning experience.



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