Mayo Clinic Opioid Conference: Evidence, Clinical Considerations and Best Practice 2023

Scottsdale, AZ US
September 21, 2023 to September 23, 2023

This course offers Live (in-person) and Livestream (virtual) attendance options


Course Directors: Benjamin Lai, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., Oludare, Olatoye, M.D., and Julie L. Cunningham, Pharm.D., R.PH. 

September 21 - 23, 2023 - The Westin Kierland - Scottsdale, Arizona

The Mayo Clinic Opioid Conference: Evidence, Clinical Considerations & Best Practice 2023 aims to highlight the shift in guidelines and public concern regarding the use of opioids in medical practice. This course provides the most up-to-date information regarding the appropriate indication for opioids in clinical practice. Topics cover the basics of opioid pharmacology and selection, evidence-based guidelines for opioid management, opioid tapering and legal considerations, as well as medical and interventional alternatives to opioids. In addition, the course covers a broad range of issues, including opioid use disorder and difficult patient conversations and guidelines to standardize the practice of opioid prescribing. This course includes lectures by experts in the field of pain medicine and opioid management as well as question and answer sessions.

Target Audience

This topic is important and has become a more visible public health issue. All fields within medicine that provide direct patient care are impacted, including medical, surgical and outpatient settings. All providers who prescribe (MD, DO, NP, PA, CNS) or administer (nurse, pharmacist, etc.) opioids to patients would benefit from attending this course. This course is particularly relevant for primary care providers that maintain and monitor patients on chronic opioid therapy.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review opioid practice updates and discuss how to implement a plan to appropriately monitor patients chronically using opioids.
  • Define methods to taper opioids using a team based approach and the options for proper opioid disposal.
  • Describe the use of methadone and buprenorphine in the management of chronic pain.
  • Identify those with opioid use disorder and understand medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD).
  • Determine and optimize treatment for patients suffering from pain and comorbid depression/anxiety.
  • Explain how to apply best practice for non-opioid adjuvants, interventional pain therapies, and alternative pain modalities as part of a comprehensive multimodal pain management plan.
  • Compare & contrast 2016 CDC opioid prescribing guidelines with updated guidelines in 2022.
  • Describe the pitfalls and potential repercussions related to CDC guideline application.
  • Identify the challenges involved in chronic opioid management: balancing patient safety, patient’s quality of life, and provider satisfaction .

Attendance at any Mayo Clinic course does not indicate or guarantee competence or proficiency in the skills, knowledge or performance of any care or procedure(s) which may be discussed or taught in this course.

Course summary
Event starts: 
09/21/2023 - 7:30am
Event ends: 
09/23/2023 - 12:30pm


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The Westin Kierland
9602 East Greenway Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
United States

Adventure Pool

Guest rooms have been reserved for attendees and their guests with special course rates at the Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, AZ. To receive the special rate of $299 (plus applicable taxes and fees) for a standard room, reservations must be made before the room block is filled or before the expiration date of August 30th, 2023, whichever comes first.  After August 30, 2023, reservations will be taken based on space and rate availability. Each course attendee is allowed one guest room at the special course room rate.

Run of the House Room - $299.00

Please identify yourself as a participant of the Mayo Clinic Opioid course when making your reservation. You may call (480) 624-1000 to make your reservation.

Room rates will be subject to a daily resort fee of $25.00 plus tax per room per night (normally $40.00).
This fee will cover several amenities, which include:
• Any local, long-distance (domestic) and 1-800 guest room calls
• Access to Agave, The Arizona Spa facilities (guests must be at least 18 years or older), Run Concierge, and boot camp, yoga, and Wellness Walk classes
• Complimentary two-hour bike rental per registered guest per day, based on availability   
• Tennis, Pickleball, and Basketball court privileges, including equipment rental
Current 2023 pricing (subject to change).
Gated Self-Parking:
• First 15 minutes: Complimentary
• 15 Minutes up to 10 hours: $10.00 (inclusive of tax)
• Overnight Parking: $20.00 (inclusive of tax)
• 6:00AM – 10:00PM: $17.00 (inclusive of tax)
• 10:00PM – 6:00AM: $35.00 (inclusive of tax)

All travel and lodging expenses are the sole responsibility of the individual registrant.

Course Directors
Julie L. Cunningham, Pharm.D., R.Ph.

My research work relates to elucidation of the genetic basis of disease. My primary focus is the genetic basis of familial cancer, in particular, cancers of the colon, prostate, ovary, NHL and CLL, breast and pancreas. As director of the Genotyping Shared Resource, I also participate in a number of research projects including Parkinson's Disease, Vaccine Research, Addiction and Pharmacogenetics. I work closely with individuals from biostatistics, epidemiology, and the Mayo Clinic Cancer and Genomics Centers.
Benjamin Lai, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O.

Dr. Benjamin Lai is a Consultant and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic.  He serves as the Medical Director of Mayo’s Opioid Stewardship Program.  He has led efforts to expand office-based buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder patients at Mayo Clinic and is involved in medical student and residency training. Dr. Lai is a member of Mayo’s Controlled Substance Advisory Group.  Dr. Lai is currently a Population Health Science Scholar in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for Science and Health Care Delivery. His clinical and research interests include chronic opioid therapy for non-cancer pain and treatment for opioid use disorder using medications for opioid use disorder.

Oludare (Dare) O. Olatoye, M.D.

Dr. Olatoye received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore Maryland in 2014. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology and fellowship in pain medicine both at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Rochester Minnesota. He is board-certified through the American Board of Anesthesiology in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.  Dr. Olatoye is currently a faculty member in the Division of Pain Medicine at the Mayo Clinic Rochester Minnesota where he serves as the Medical Director of the Inpatient Pain Service. He is an active member of the Spine interventional Society, North American Neuromodulation Society and American Academy of Pain Medicine. 

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Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Statement(s):

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM.

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In response to company inquiries, we are excited to share that the Mayo Clinic Opioid Conference: Evidence, Clinical Considerations and Best Practice 2023 has expanded its commercial support offerings to include a variety of sponsorship opportunities!  Coming soon, Please see the comprehensive prospectus for full details.
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If you have additional questions, please Contact: Joe Chanhthee 

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