Physician Connection CME Dinner, and

Physician and Nursing Awards Ceremony A Grand Success


The El Paso County Medical Society Physician Connection featuring the Outstanding Physician Awards and the Ted T. Lewis, M.D., Excellence in Professional Nursing Awards were held at the Colorado Springs Marriott on Wednesday, January 24th.  137 attendees were there to honor the award recipients who came from both hospitals and several local medical practices.  


Read more about the awards and the winners here.


The evening featured a CME presentation by Joshua Blum, M.D., called "The Opioid Crisis: The Pain that Won't Go Away".  


The presentation examined the scope of the opioid problem and uses the guidance of the CDC, FDA, medical boards, and other best practices to describe practical approaches to practice more safely with opioids.
The learning objectives for this presentation are:
  • State the difference between tolerance, physical dependence, and addiction.
  • Describe the current opioid epidemic, state and national data, and the various contributions to it.
  • Distinguish the specific liability risks in the medical treatment of pain, including misdiagnosis, over prescribing or under prescribing, overdose, abandonment, diversion, and vicarious liability.
  • Review materials related to recently adopted guidelines such as the CDC and the Colorado Medical Board for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain.
  • Apply tools to use in prescribing in the setting of chronic pain, including risk assessment, clinical and functional diagnoses, PDMP, opioid agreements, MED calculations, indications for pain specialist consultation, and appropriate documentation.

Speaker Information:  

Joshua Blum, MD is a board-certified internist and addiction medicine physician. He serves as the Program Manager of the Denver Health HIV Primary Care Clinic, an FQHC-based, Ryan White-funded clinic serving low income clients living with HIV/AIDS. Additionally, he provides HIV and general primary care to patients in the Denver City and County jails, and medication-assisted treatment to patients with opioid use disorders in Denver Health's outpatient behavioral health services department. He established and served as the first physician manager of the Intensive Outpatient Clinic, a high intensity primary care clinic aimed at caring for Denver Health's sickest and highest-utilizing patients.

He is an institutional quality officer and leads quality initiatives on pain and opioid management at Denver Health, including inpatient and outpatient guidelines and order sets. He currently oversees a federal grant for expanding medication-assisted treatment in several of the Denver Health primary care clinics, and works on projects to expand access to the opioid reversal agent Naloxone. He is the current co-chair of the Provider Education Workgroup at the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. As a general internist caring for high-risk populations, his interests include the diagnosis and treatment of HIV and Hepatitis C, chronic pain syndromes, opioid management, and substance abuse. He lectures locally and regionally on pain management, opioids, and substance abuse.




This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of COPIC and El Paso Medical Society. COPIC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. COPIC designates this LIVE activity for a maximum of AMA PRA Category Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION.