September 26, 2020
7:45 a.m.–2:45 p.m.

Please Note: This event has already occurred.

September 26, 2020

Ethics. Suicide Prevention. Controlled Substances Prescribing.

2020 TriplePlay!

Knock Out Three Nevada CME Requirements in One Day!
2 hours Ethics.
2 hours Suicide Prevention.
2 hours Prescribing Controlled Substances.

Watch live stream online Saturday, September 26, 2020.

Presented by the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Reno Police Department, and Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN).

The purpose of this course is to provide healthcare professionals the opportunity to learn how to care for themselves and their patients during these interesting times as well as offer best practices, clinical knowledge and tools to provide optimal health care for their patients.

Learning Objectives

Following the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify key stressors that contribute to burnout and provider suicide
  • Recognize the importance of self-care and wellness
  • Describe the relationship between pain and suicidal thoughts and behavior
  • Identify risk factors that increase risk for suicide ideation
  • Identify standards of care for major health care settings
  • Recognize and respond to someone with thoughts of suicide
  • Rate the current relevance of clinical ethics
  • Apply models for ethical approaches to decision-making for pain patients
  • Discuss barriers to effectively managing ethical issues in colleagues
  • Describe the overlap of professionalism and self-care
  • Describe the legal bases for and effect of emergency orders by the Governor
  • Explain the legal effect of guidelines and best practices
  • Apply the pertinent emergency orders to the practice of medicine
  • Discuss the practical effects of the emergency orders, guidelines, and best practices as they apply to the practice of medicine
  • Identify the neurobiology of addiction
  • Discuss the risks of opioid medications
  • Define Opioid Use Disorder and options for treatment
  • Examine multimodal pain management strategies


The Clinical Educator
TimeSaturday, September 26, 2020
7:45 am - 8:00 am Welcome and Course Overview
Paul Snyder, MA, LADC, CPC-I, ADCR-MN
8:00 am - 9:00 am Depression and Burnout: Tools for Keeping Yourself Well
Paul Snyder, MA, LADC-S, CPC-I, ADCR-MN
9:00 am - 10:00 am Recognition, Intervention, and Prevention of Suicide
Misty Vaughan-Allen, MA
10:00 am - 10:15 am Break
10:15 am - 12:15 pm Ethics: Practical Models of Decision Making
Melissa Piasecki, MD
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Break
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Tired of COVID-19 Yet?  The Law and Practical Considerations Regarding COVID-19
Louis Ling, JD
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Opioids: Neurobiology of Addiction and Opioid Use Disorder
Reka Danko, MD
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Course Wrap-Up


Early Bird Registration through September 4 - $195

Registration after September 4 - $225

Registration deadline, September 18, 2020. For questions or assistance with registration please contact (775) 784-4791 or

Featured Presenters

Reka Danko, MD earned her medical degree at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in Internal Medicine. Following board certification, Dr. Danko joined a hospitalist practice in Northern Nevada and continues to work as a hospitalist in the community. In 2013, she also began working at Northern Nevada HOPES, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Reno, where she served as the Chief Medical Officer from 2014 to early 2017 and focused on building an integrated care model and developing an outpatient addiction treatment program to help those with substance use disorders. Dr. Danko became board certified in Addiction Medicine in 2018 and works with community programs to increase education, prevention, and treatment options. Dr. Danko is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

Louis Ling, JD is the Board Counsel to the Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine and has represented Nevada's administrative agencies since 1991. During that time, he has represented twenty-one different occupational licensing boards and has prosecuted over 1,000 administrative cases, several of which have been taken to the Nevada Supreme Court and were upheld in reported opinions. Mr. Ling presently represents the boards that regulate architecture, interior design, residential design, veterinary medicine, chiropractic medicine, osteopathic medicine, accountancy, and contractors. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law cum laude in 1987. He lives in Reno, and in his real-life, he is a musician, songwriter, and composer.

Melissa Piasecki, MD is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nevada Reno, School of Medicine, where she has been on the teaching faculty for over twenty years. She is a practicing forensic psychiatrist and consults for courts, attorneys and state licensing boards. Melissa teaches medical students, residents, physicians in practice and legal professionals on topics related to substance abuse, psychiatric diagnosis, communication skills, and forensic psychiatry.

Paul Snyder, MA, LADC, CPC-I, ADCR, MN is the Course Director, has a Master of Arts degree in Addiction Counseling from the Hazelden Betty Ford School of Addiction Studies. Paul is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, a licensed supervisor of alcohol and drug counselor interns and is licensed as a clinical professional counselor intern. Paul has worked in the Hazelden-Betty Ford Health Care Professional Track as well as Residential, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Treatment. Paul created and supervised a woman's treatment program in Nevada, writes a monthly health care column with a readership of 65,000, is the co-lead for the ECHO Pain Management Clinic for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, is a speaker/educator throughout the state of Nevada, and has a private practice in Reno, Nevada

Misty Vaughan-Allen, MA is the Suicide Prevention Coordinator in Nevada. She provides oversight to launch new suicide prevention programs in communities across Nevada such as the Zero Suicide Initiative to Nevada's healthcare organizations. As the Suicide Prevention Coordinator, she facilitates the development of Nevada's Suicide Prevention plan consistent with the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Ms. Allen graduated with her Master's Degree in counseling from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has experience as the coordinator for the Suicide Prevention Hotline of Nevada, a program of the Crisis Call Center in Reno. Ms. Allen advocates for suicide prevention resources to help create change for Nevadans.

Continuing Education Credit

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine approves this program for 6.00 hours of nursing continuing education credit.

This program meets the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners' requirement for 2 hours of training related to ethics, pain management, or addiction care during each licensure period.

This program meets the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners' requirement for 2 hours of training related to the misuse and abuse of controlled substances, the prescribing of opioids, or addiction during each licensure period.

This program meets the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners' requirement for 2 hours of training related to suicide prevention, intervention, and detection every 4 years.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received in writing to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education before September 18, 2020, will receive a full refund less a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations on or after September 18, 2020, are non-refundable.