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Virtual Conference

Patient Safety Topics

Total Credits: 2.75 including 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, 2.75 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s)


This program will expire and must be completed by 03/29/26.

*** Please note this classroom webinar was part of the KCU Homecoming 2022. If you participated in the live event, you would not want to choose this program. ***

This is a bundle of three programs from the 2022 KCU Homecoming. The descriptions and objectives of these programs are listed below.

Medical Marijuana: Potential Benefits & Future Directions

This presentation will include the historical background, epidemiology, and mechanism of action of Cannabis. It will also cover current FDA-approved indications for Cannabis and future research and potential benefits of medical cannabis.

Learning Objectives:
Understand the historical use of cannabis and current regulations around the use of medical cannabis
•    Describe the neurobiology and epidemiology of cannabis
•    Discuss routes of administration, pharmacodynamics, and physiological effects of cannabis
•    Understand future areas of research for medical cannabis

Patient Safety & Infection: Choices of Life-Sustaining Treatment & Potential Outcomes

Dying is a universal experience every human being must contemplate. Therefore, every physician must be prepared to advise and deal with the ethical dilemmas of the dying process. Considering the medical education curriculum writ large, this topic is not always presented in sufficient detail. Therefore, all physicians should strive to become more familiar with these issues and their implications.

Learning Objectives:
The participant will be able to name two ethical dilemma situations that commonly occur.
•    The participant will be able to access educational materials provided in the presentation for future reference.
•    The participant will be able to explain the physician's role in end-of-life situations.

Safe Prescribing for Pain, Depression, & Anxiety

This presentation will focus on key safety considerations for pain, depression, and anxiety medication management in the primary care setting. The pain management section will provide information about buprenorphine and cannabis and review basic safety guidelines. The depression segment will focus on diagnostic accuracy and suicide risk and explain the use of recommended atypical antipsychotics. The anxiety section will focus on the detriments of long-term treatment with benzodiazepines and recommend safer alternatives. 

Learning Objectives:
New harm reduction ideas for pain management
•    Identify potential pitfalls of depression treatment
•    Review salient safety concerns about anxiety medications

Accreditation Statement: 
The event has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) through the joint providership of the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) and Kansas City University (KCU) College of Osteopathic Medicine. MAOPS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA (Allopathic) Credit Designation:
MAOPS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. MAOPS designates this activity for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AOA (Osteopathic) Credit Designation:
MAOPS is accredited by the AOA to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. MAOPS designates this program for a maximum of 2.75 AOA Category 1-A CME Credit(s) and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

Planning Committee:
The KCU CME Committee members serve as the CME Planning Committee for this conference. Membership of the committee includes faculty and staff from KCU and may include physicians from local communities. Members of the committee are listed on the KCU CME webpage at

Each of the members of the Conference Planning Committee discloses that the relevant parties have no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this program or presentation, including no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests relative to the content of this program. Speaker disclosures are included within each bio and will be shown at the beginning of each presentation.

Grievance Policy for AOA Credit:
All grievances should be in writing and should specify the nature of the grievance. Initially, all grievances should be directed to MAOPS Executive Director, who will then forward said grievance to the Education & Convention Committee. All grievances will receive an initial response in writing within 30 days of receipt.  If the participant does not receive a satisfactory response, they can submit a complaint in writing to the Council on Continuing Medical Education of the AOA at 142 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611.




Naman Ashraf, MD's Profile

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Psychiatry Residency Program Director and Wellness Subcommittee Chair

Ozark Center

Dr. Nauman Ashraf is the Program Director for Ozark Center Psychiatry Residency program in Joplin, Missouri.  He has worked at Ozark Center since July 2013 treating patients with mental illness and comorbid substance abuse issues.  He also serves as the Medical Director of Addiction Services at Ozark Center and started Ozark Center’s OBOT program in 2017.  He graduated from Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences in Pakistan.  He completed his psychiatry residency at New York University School of Medicine as well as a Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry. He is board certified in General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He is the recipient of the Harold I. Kaplan Memorial Award for outstanding contributions in the field of psychiatric teaching and education. He has co-authored book chapters and published peer reviewed articles. He serves as a Prescriber Consultant for the SAMSHA STR-TA Consortium to help fight opioid epidemic. He has been invited to multiple regional and media talks on the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder.  He has a passion toward improving resident wellness and completed a research project titled the Psychiatry Residency Yoga Training Experiment at Ozark Center. He also served as the PI for KCU- GME Consortium funded project for all residents in the consortium to improve their wellness - 5 Factor Wellness Model.

Nauman Ashraf, MD, discloses that he has no relevant financial relationships with any organization producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients relative to the content of this presentation.

Dr. Ashraf can be reached at or 417-347-7603.

Robert N. Cooley, DO's Profile

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Assistant Professor of Primary Care

Kansas City University - COM

Dr. Cooley received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Washburn University, his Doctor of Osteopathy from Kansas City University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and he is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Cooley has served as Program Director for the Addiction Related Services at the Menninger Clinic, Child Psychiatrist for the Wyandot Behavioral Health Center, Medical Director of the Opioid Dependency Treatment Program for the Samuel U Rodgers Health Center, and the supervising physician for the Pain Management Services for the Health Partnership Clinic. He is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Primary Care here at KCU and is the Consulting Psychiatrist for the Kansas University Counseling and Education Support Services.

Robert Cooley, DO, discloses that he has no relevant financial relationships with any organization producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients relative to the content of this presentation.

Dr. Cooley can be reached at

Karen Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, FACP, CS-F's Profile

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Chief Executive Officer

Nichols Leadershop

Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, FACP, CS-F, is the Chief Executive Officer for Nichols Leadership. She previously served as the Dean of Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU/CCOM) in Chicago from 2002-2018. She was appointed the first Chair of Internal Medicine at Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU/AZCOM) in Glendale, Arizona, in 1997, serving until 2002. Dr. Nichols practiced internal medicine and geriatrics in Mesa, Arizona, from 1985-2002 and is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine in both specialties.

Dr. Nichols graduated from the University of Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine, now Kansas City University - College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. She completed her internship and internal medicine residency at what is now Tulsa Regional Medical Center. Dr. Nichols holds a Master's degree in Management with a Specialty in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Dr. Nichols has received the highest awards bestowed by the AOA, AACOM, and the Arizona and Illinois state osteopathic societies. She holds nine honorary degrees. She has served as President of the AOA, ACOI, and the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association and was the first woman to hold all those positions. Dr. Nichols was one of the first four DO's elected to the ACGME board and was elected the Chair of the board, serving from 2020-2022.

Dr. Nichols teaches nationally and internationally on end-of-life care, physician leadership, and women leaders in medicine. Her book "Physician Leadership: The 11 Skills Every Doctor Needs to be an Effective Leader" was recently published. She lives in Mesa, Arizona, with her husband Jim, and when not on her busy speaking circuit, is an avid reader and dotes on their delightful and growing extended family.



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