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2023 Pennsylvania Pain & Addiction Summit

Friday, April 28th 

8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Wilkes University

Hosted by the Luzerne County Medical Society and Wilkes University, this full-day conference will feature professionals on the frontline of the ongoing addiction crisis. Up to six hours of continuing education is available.

COST: $130 whole day (6 hours of CE), $75 half day (3 hours of CE)

Keynote Speaker

Adam Taliaferro

Adam Taliaferro was given a 3% chance of ever walking again after sustaining a devastating spinal cord injury during a Penn State football game. In his exciting presentation, Taliaferro shares his dramatic personal story of overcoming the odds to inspire others to believe the impossible is achievable. Whether the topic is leadership, teamwork, or success in life or career, Taliaferro’s message of faith and perseverance motivates us all to face our daily challenges head on, and to live life with a greater purpose.

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"We are...Healthcare"

Topics Include:

For detailed information including the learning objectives and speaker's bio, click the "Additional Information" button in each topic.


7-8 a.m. – Registration & Breakfast

8-9 a.m. – Panel Discussion moderated by: David Palmiter, PHD, ABPP

  • Losing our Loved Ones: The Opioid Overdose Epidemic and Undiagnosed Bipolar

  • Panel Speakers:  Amber Mansfield, RN and Sara Schley

9-9:15 a.m. — Break

**Note: The Wilkes University Nursing Simulation Center will be available for brief demonstrations in-between sessions.

9:15-10:15 a.m. – Breakout Sessions

  • The Role of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in regulatory oversight and enforcement in those Health Care Providers who have a DEA Registration - James R. Schiffer RPh, Esq. and Carlos Aquino

  • Community First Responder Program - Anita Jacobson, PharmD

  • Painful Conversations: Communication Strategies in Pain Management - Corey Haupt, PharmD, RPh

10:15-10:30 a.m. – Break

10:30-11:30 a.m. – Breakout Sessions

  • The Benzodiazepine Crisis: Challenges for Behavioral Healthcare Workers - Emily Cook, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

  • Pharmacy-Based Buprenorphine Induction - Jeffrey Bratberg, PharmD, FAPhA

  • Luzerne County Treatment Court - Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Lunch and Keynote Speaker (no CE given)

  • Redefining Adversity to Overcome the Odds - Adam Taliaferro

12:30-12:45 p.m. – Break

12:45-1:45 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

  • Pain Management in Patients with Substance Use Disorders - Janet Astle, BS Pharm, EdD

  • Alcohol and Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Management - Karen Arscott, DO, MSc

  • Sublicade, the Injectable Form of Buprenorphine - Donna Eget, DO

1:45-2 p.m. - Break

2-3 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

  • The Face of Addiction: Let's Listen to the Patient - Gary Stoner, OB/GYN

  • The Evolution of Pain Management- Novel Medications - Dominick Trombetta, PharmD, & Michael Palladini, RPh, MBA

  • Eliminating Racial Bias in Pain Treatment - Belinda Sibanda, Internal Medicine Resident Physician PGY3, MD, MS, MSEd

3-4 p.m. – Closing Speaker

  • The Balance Between Pain and Addiction in Professional Athletes - Kevin Hill, MD, MHS

4-5 p.m. – Social (no CE given)

This program is supported by educational grants from the Moses Taylor Foundation and the Wilkes-Barre City Department of Health.

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Wilkes University is an equal opportunity institution. For information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit Patrons requesting accommodations or services at Wilkes University or Wilkes University-sponsored events in accordance with The Americans with Disabilities Act 9ADA) Title III: Public Accommodations are asked to contact the Center for Continued Learning at (570) 408-4460 or It is recommended that requests be made at least five (5) business days prior to any event.

CE Accreditation Information

Click the link below to be directed to the full list of the 2023 Accreditation Information.

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