An Interdisciplinary Approach to Caring for Patients Taking Medical Marijuana, Thursday June 6th, 8:45-4:00 pm, Driscoll Hall Auditorium, Villanova University

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June 6, 2019, 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
Driscoll Hall Auditorium, Villanova University


The subject of medical marijuana has become important for practitioners in all disciplines to have awareness. Its use within hospitals and health systems have become critical to manage, and clinicians must have a working knowledge of what to expect when patients are in their care while on medical cannabis. This day-long conference will educate clinicians in various disciplines – nursing, medicine, pharmacy, social work, and nutrition – to expand their knowledge base and ability to safely treat and manage patients from pediatrics to geriatrics.  Explore the legal ramifications while caring for patients who have been certified to use cannabis products.

It is not the role of this conference nor the sponsors to debate or have opinions on whether or not the role of marijuana within medicine is appropriate; rather, the conference will focus on the role of the clinician in providing safe, legal, and informed care to patients taking these products under the certification of an approved provider.

Participants will

  1. Define and differentiate the types of cannabis that exist in regard to pharmacokinetics, side effects and drug-drug interactions.
  2. List the forms of cannabis used within the medical marijuana guidelines in Pennsylvania.
  3. Recite the role of the dispensary and explain the process for obtaining medical marijuana.
  4. List the disease states appropriate for cannabis certification in Pennsylvania.
  5. Discuss the nutritional challenges that may arise with patients who take medical cannabis.
  6. Review the role of the social worker as a counselor and liaison between patients and other institutions.
  7. Discuss legal issues that may arise while providing care for patients on medical cannabis.


  • Michael Campbell, Professor of Law; Director of Clinical Programs; Director, Interdisciplinary Mental and Physical Health Law Clinic; Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
  • Molly E. Collins, MD, Department of Hematology/Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple Health
  • Lisa Diewald, MS, RD, LDN, Program Manager, MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education, Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
  • Greg Garber, MSW, LCSW, Director Patient Support Services, Neu Center for Supportive Medicine and Cancer Survivorship, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
  • Chosen Lee, Pharm D, Medical Cannabis Dispensary Pharmacist, Cure Pennsylvania
    Jennie E. Ryan, PhD, CPNP-AC, Research Fellow, Department of Systems, Population and Leadership, University of Michigan School of Nursing
  • Christine Roussel, PharmD, BCOP, Director of Pharmacy, Doylestown Health

Accreditation and Contact Hours

Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation. By attending this entire conference Nurses can earn up to 6.5 contact hours.

Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing Continuing Education/MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. By attending this entire conference Nutritionists can earn up to 6.5 contact hours.

This knowledge-based program is acceptable for a total of 6.5 hours of Continuing Education credits (.65 CEU) for pharmacists in states that directly recognize ACPE providers.

ACPE Credits will be awarded and submitted for all pharmacist attendees who sign in, complete the evaluation forms, successfully complete the post test at the conclusion of the conference and submit their NABP ePID and DOB verifier (MMDD). Attendees must dispute missing ACPE credits within 45 days from program date.

Accredited Provider American Nurses Credentialing Center
Commission on Dietetic Registration Accredited Provider Continuing Professional Education

Alpha Zeta Omega

National Pharmaceutical Fraternity

Philadelphia Alumni Chapter

is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of Continuing Pharmacy Education.

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