Meds Ed


Our Pharmacy team is pleased to host MEDS Ed, an ongoing education series for health care professionals who are involved in direct patient care at community clinics.

These 3-hour sessions examine disease states that highly impact patient quality of life, require complex management, and may lead to increased emergency department visits and inpatient stays.

Leonard Bertheau, DO., diabetologist and family practitioner, Adventist Health

At MEDS Ed, clinicians:

  • Gain valuable insights and practical care strategies.
  • Explore different elements of patient medication risk.
  • Improve the ability to contribute to a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Get answers to questions.

Guest speakers include physicians, specialists, pharmacists and other health care experts from the community and CareOregon.

Subjects addressed in past MEDS Ed seminars include diabetes, COPD, hypertension and depression.

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MEDS Ed participants tell us:

‘Amazing opportunity’
Your team has done an excellent job, and we have re-referenced the information from these classes over and over again. Yesterday I came back to the clinic with a newly diagnosed patient with severe COPD, and I felt so prepared for delivering the help she needed. Thanks again for this amazing opportunity. —Tonia White, RN, RN care manager, OHSU Gabriel Park

‘Extremely practical tools’
It is extremely rare to find a meeting that is so practical you can take it back to work and start using it that afternoon…I keep pinching myself after every meeting. I'm a nurse of 30+ years doing medical home care management, and this gives me extremely practical tools I can use regularly with my patients to help them improve their health status. One time, I used my vacation time to come...they are THAT valuable!!—MEDS Ed attendee

Our next session is coming soon!

Join our next session!

March 1st - 7:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

COPD: Clinician's Update

This FREE session of CareOregon Pharmacy’s MEDS Ed seminars for clinicians will focus on COPD, featuring new simplified medication guidelines for treatment, hands-on demonstrations of inhalers and DME supplies, as well as insight into the role of the specialist and pulmonology referral in coordinating treatment. CME credit will be available!

Register today!


Effective Substance Use Treatment

Effective Substance Use treatment slide deck coverThis session of CareOregon Pharmacy’s MEDS Ed program focuses on the science and use of medications as best-practice for the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders; Distinguishing the barriers and myths about recovery treatment from evidence and effective treatment; Understanding the guidelines for effectively navigating high-risk patient referrals with a special focus on coordination between behavioral health and primary care; planning next steps to support further implementation and improved access of MAT in our network.

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Featured speakers

  • Paul Lewis, MD, MPH – Multnomah County Health Officer
  • Andrew Mendenhall, MD, DABAM, DABFM – Senior Medical Director, Substance Use Disorder Services – Central City Concern
  • Alison Noice, MA, CADC III – Deputy Director, CODA
  • Amy Jo Cook, Community Paramedic – Clackamas Fire District #1
  • Dan Hall, Community Paramedic – AMR
  • Anthony Cheng, MD – OHSU South Waterfront
  • Stacie Andoniadis, Primary Care Innovations Specialist – CareOregon
  • Tanya Kapka, MD, MPH – Metro Medical Director; Network and Clinical Support – CareOregon

Liver Disease

MedsEd-Liver Disease Slide CoverThis session of CareOregon Pharmacy’s MEDS Ed program features interactive discussions on diagnosis, assessment, and management of chronic liver disease from the physician and nurse perspectives, as well as a review of medications used to treat hepatitis C and manage complications of cirrhosis.

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Featured speakers

  • Atif Zaman, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine – Oregon Health & Science University
  • Karista Peabody RN, BS CMSRN, Hepatology Patient Care Coordinator – OHSU Hepatology
  • Maddie Fry, PharmD, Post-Graduate Year 2 Pharmacist Resident – CareOregon

Care of Transgender And Gender Diverse Communities

Care of Transgender And Gender Diverse Communities Slide Deck CoverThis session of CareOregon Pharmacy’s MEDS Ed program focuses on empowering learners with tools to apply in clinical environments to improve the experience of the Transgender patient and medical management of gender transition.

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Featured speakers

  • Amy Penkin, LCSW – Program Supervisor, OHSU Transgender Health Program (she/her)
  • Jess Guerriero, MSW, MA – Social Worker, OHSU Transgender Health Program (they/them)
  • Christina Milano, MD – OHSU Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Cofounder of the OHSU Transgender Health Program (she/her)

Transitions of Care: Successes and Discoveries

Transitions of Care Presentation Cover ImageThis session of CareOregon Pharmacy’s MEDS Ed program focuses on recent discoveries and lessons learned across transitional care environments, including hospital discharge, Skilled Nursing, and Meds-to-Beds. 

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Featured speakers

  • Jane Duck, RN, BSN – High Risk Populations Program Manager, CareOregon
  • Mariah Alford, PharmD, BCPS – Pharmacy Clinical Supervisor, CareOregon 
  • Mai Tran, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP – CareOregon
  • Anthony Neises, PharmD, – Legacy Health
  • Nate Semm, CSWA, – Legacy Health
  • Elizabeth Decker, RN Case Manager – Legacy Health
  • Carlo De Gregorio, Health Assistant – Pioneers Care Team – Central City Concern
  • Meryl Manley, RN, PCCN – Post-Acute Care Manager – Prestige Care
  • Elizabeth Whitworth, MPH – PreManage Project Manager – CareOregon 

New Perspectives on Pain and Trauma

New Perspectives on Pain and Trauma MEDS Ed PresentationThis session of CareOregon Pharmacy’s MEDS Ed program on pain management for healthcare professionals, goes beyond pharmacological guidelines to examine the neurophysiology and language of pain, as well as trauma-informed perspectives on challenging patient conversations.

Content from Pharmacy Resident Cassandra Miller from CareOregon, explains current trends in opioid utilization, benefit criteria, and non-opioid alternatives.

Content from Nora Stern, from the Providence Persistent Pain Project, focuses on the relationship between pain and trauma, how pain changes the nervous system, and how education can act as a treatment intervention.

Content from Lydia Anne M Bartholow, from Old Town Clinic, Central City Concern, reviews trauma-informed care, care plans, patient and provider challenges when discussing pain, as well as techniques to improve these difficult conversations.

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Featured speakers

  • Lydia Anne M Bartholow, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP Old Town Clinic, Central City Concern
  • Nora Stern, MSPT Providence Persistent Pain Project
  • Cassandra Miller, PharmD, MS PGY-1 Managed Care Pharmacy Residents CareOregon


MEDS ed Continuing Medical Education on HypertensionThis session of CareOregon Pharmacy’s MEDS Ed program for healthcare professionals focuses on treating hypertension, providing a multidisciplinary approach to effectively treating this complex disease state.
Content from Jose Rueda, from OHSU's Comprehensive Hypertension Center, reviews hypertension treatment trials and evidence-based guidelines, as well as causes of secondary hypertension.
Content from Pharmacist Christopher Blem from Legacy Health Systems, focuses on medications and how they work, as well as ways to improve adherence.
Content from Dietician Julia Hanfling from 3 Peaches Nutrition and Diabetes Coaching, explores who is at risk for hypertension, the role of sodium in high blood pressure, three main dietary recommendations, as well as the importance of lifestyle factors.

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Featured speakers

Jose Rueda, MD
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Director Comprehensive Hypertension Clinic at OHSU

Chris Blem, PharmD., BCACP
Legacy Medical Group Emanuel

Julia Hanfling, RD, CDE
3 Peaches Nutrition & Diabetes Coaching


Diabetes: Pathways to Treatment

Diabetes Pathways To Treatment Meds Ed Seminar Slide Deck CoverThis session of CareOregon Pharmacy’s MEDS Ed program for healthcare professionals introduces the new Diabetes Treatment Pathway, a more effective approach to diabetes management, created in partnership with area diabetes experts.

Content from Dr. Andrew Ahmann focuses on advancing therapy in Type 2 Diabetes to reduce A1C and Improve Complications. Use of GLP-1 Agonists is featured in this segment.

Content from Dr. Leonard Bertheau examines managing complicated patient cases using new, impactful guidelines for this challenging disease states.

Content from Pharmacy Resident Sierra Fung dives into practical tips for navigating diabetic supplies and prescription coverage.

Diabetes: Pathways to Treatment - A MEDS Ed seminar
Recorded on September 20, 2017 at CareOregon, Portland, Ore.

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Featured speakers

  • Andrew Ahmann, MD, Director of OHSU's Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center
  • Leonard Bertheau, DO, Diabetes and Endocrine Center, Adventist Health
  • Sierra Fung, PharmD, Pharmacy Managed Care Resident, CareOregon


Heart Failure

heart-failure-meds-ed-coverThis session of CareOregon Pharmacy’s MEDS Ed program for healthcare professionals focuses on Heart Failure

This session of CareOregon Pharmacy’s MEDS Ed program for healthcare professionals focuses on Heart Failure – a disease of epidemic proportions. Approximately 5.7 million Americans are currently living with heart failure, with approximately 1 million hospitalized each year.

Content from Jayne Mitchell include types of heart failure, signs & symptoms, self-care and disease progression.

Recorded on April 20, 2017 at CareOregon, Portland, Ore.

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Featured speakers:

  • Jayne Mitchell, ANP-BC, CHFN, OHSU Heart Failure Program
  • Pamela Chukwuleta, PharmD Pharmacy Resident, CareOregon
  • Kelly Hayes, AIC RN, CareOregon
  • Laura Macias, RN – CHPN, Clinical Manager OPPC, Adventist Health Homecare Services


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder

COPD Meds Ed SeminarThis session of CareOregon Pharmacy’s MEDS Ed program for healthcare professionals focuses on COPD – the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.

Part 1, featuring Pharmacist Andrew Hibbard includes an overview of the causes of COPD, epidemiology, complications, medication management, updated GOLD Guidelines, and smoking cessation/lifestyle modification.

Part 2, featuring Respiratory Therapist Heather Stoecklin includes inhaler usage and the importance of spacers, front-line therapy options, and treatment strategies for this high-risk disease state, including pulmonary rehabilitation, as well as BIPAP and CPAP therapy.

Recorded on February 16, 2017 at CareOregon, Portland, Ore.

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Featured speakers:

  • Andrew Hibbard, PharmD, Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident, CareOregon
  • Heather Stoecklin, Health Resilience Respiratory Therapist, Population Health Partnership, CareOregon


Motivational Interviewing: Introduction to MI

Motivational Interviewing - A Meds Ed SeminarAn Inter-professional speaker panel including CareOregon Training & Development Specialist Paul Carson and Adventist Health Nurse Care Manager Erin Lemon lead an interactive workshop on the fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing. Attendees learned how to effectively incorporate MI techniques into a nurse’s busy workflow, while gaining an understanding of MI’s effectiveness in eliciting behavior change and improving communication with patients who experience a background of trauma.

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Featured speakers:

  • Paul Carson, BA, Training & Development Specialist, CareOregon
  • Erin Lemon, BSN, RN, CCDS, Adventist Health


Pain Management

Pain Management - A Meds Ed SeminarClinicians discuss treating chronic pain and ways to talk with patients about their pain management regimens. They describe how to screen, recognize and triage high-risk symptoms associated with pain medications.

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Featured speakers:

  • Dr. Rachel Solotaroff, Medical Director, Central City Concern Chair, CareOregon Metro Chronic Pain/Chemical Dependency Task Force
  • Tara Berkson, PharmD, MEDS Ed Coordinator, CareOregon
  • Nadejda Razi-Robertson, LCSW, Behavioral Health Consultant



Psychiatrist John K. Bischof, MD discusses the disease and therapy options for patients coping with depression. We get the patient perspective from David Lee Greenlee and Bridget Bradley from Pacific University School of Pharmacy gives a medication review.

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Featured speakers:

  • John K. Bischof, MD, Psychiatric Medical Director - Old Town Recovery Center, Central City Concern
  • David Lee Greenlee
  • Bridget Bradley, PharmD, BCPP - Pacific University School of Pharmacy, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center



Diabetes - A Meds Ed SeminarAn interprofessional speaker panel including Adventist Health Diabetologist Dr. Leonard Bertheau and Tara Berkson, PharmD will lead interactive discussions on navigating the latest best practices when caring for complex and high-risk patients with diabetes. Certified Diabetes Educator and RN, Cheryl Ortner, will share her insights on educating patients about lifestyle modifications and medication use.

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Featured speakers:

  • Leonard Bertheau, DO Diabetes and Endocrine Center Adventist Health
  • Tara Berkson, PharmD, MEDS Ed Coordinator, CareOregon
  • Cheryl Ortner, RN, MSN, CDE Diabetes & Endocrine Center Adventist Health


Handouts from past sessions: 

Formulary Antihypertensives

Within 20 Minutes of Quitting” 

"COPD Nurse MEDS Ed"