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Physician Dispensing in Maryland: An Educational Series

The Physician Dispensing Educational Series is a collaboration between MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

The state of Maryland has mandated that physicians, upon application or renewal of their permit to dispense medications, must attest that they have completed a prescribed number of continuing medical education credits, specific to the practice of dispensing. Beginning in 2018, all physicians must complete ten Continuing Medical Education units (CMEs) on dispensing within the five years prior to their renewal or application. 

To address this educational need, MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society, and the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions (CIPS) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy agreed to work collaboratively to begin with four educational modules with the intention to continue the development of online modules on mutually determined topics.  The first four modules, noted below, represent 8.25 CME hours.  All have been approved by MedChi for CME and one is pending approval by the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

These modules will be available and accessible on the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions (CIPS) Knowledge Enterprise.  The portal and the management system has been successful in offering over 200 hours of ACPE programming resulting in over 8,500 hours of accessible evidence-based training to health professionals over the last year.  Paid enrollments in the program will ensure the sustainability and expansion of this Educational Series.  Because of the online nature of the modules, it can reach an unlimited number of physician prescribers. The target population will be identified and reached by MedChi, the CME provider, with supplemental outreach efforts to reach prescribing podiatrists and dentists in Maryland. 

For more information, click here to view the program flyer or here to view a brief video about the series. 

To register for one of the modules below, please click on the title of the module:

Note: When registering, please select the price appropriate to your status as a member or non-member. If you participate in any activity via a link that is not reflective of your status as a member, we will not be able to issue you a CME certificate when you complete the module.

Not sure of your member status?  Contact us via email.


Non-Member Prices

Physician Dispensing: Optimizing Patient Use of Inhalers and Other Respiratory Devices
Mona Tsoukleris, PharmD, MS

Module description (2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™)

At the time of dispensing, health professionals are exposed to patients who are struggling with uncontrolled asthma or poorly controlled COPD.  Caregivers are also seeking better ways to management this chronic condition.  The online module entitled Optimizing Patient Use of Inhalers and Other Respiratory Devices will equip learners with a practical understanding of devices to deliver drug to the lungs.  Video demonstrations help learners become familiar with how to identify poor inhaler technique and how to coach patients to improve their use of respiratory delivery devices.  Visual displays of numerous devices add to the learner's understanding of the mechanisms and patient use of each type of device.  This program is offered asynchronously through the CIPS Knowledge Enterprise at www.pharmacists4knowledge.org.

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this activity the physician learner will be able to

1. Distinguish between different devices to deliver inhaled medications to patients with obstructive lung disease;
2. Demonstrate for a given device, the steps required for device priming, proper use, and care;
3. Explain key points to cover while counseling patients regarding device use.

Frank Palumbo, JD, PhD, Instructor

Module Description (1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™):

This module will address the laws relating to a physician’s legal right to dispense prescription drugs, which the physician prescribes to his or her patients.  The requirements and process for obtaining permission from the appropriate state board will be covered.  Through learning exercises and online course presentations, the module will emphasize requirements for labeling, filing, inspections and other laws that previously had been primarily directed toward pharmacies.  Situations where a prescriber can dispense a prescription drug without the necessity of obtaining special permission from his or her state board will be detailed.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, the physician participant should be able to:

1. Know the basic content of the physician dispensing statute and identify where to find related regulations online;
2. Understand the conditions under which physicians can legally dispense prescription drugs to their patients; and
3. Know the specific requirements for physicians to dispense starter doses, samples, and in certain medical facilities or clinics.

Deanna Tran, PharmD, BCACP, Instructor

Course Description (1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™):

This interactive, web-based module details the step-by-step processes for dispensing, labeling, and documentation as required by Maryland law.  Good dispensing practices are illustrated. The module aids the learner to track workflow from medication preparation before dispensing, through dispensing, and post-dispensing recordkeeping.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, the physician participant should be able to:

1. Correctly sequence 6 steps of the dispensing workflow;
2. Accurately describe 3 good dispensing practices; and
3. Correctly identify the 5 components that are required on the label of any prescription being dispensed.

Joey Mattingly, PharmD, MBA, Instructor

Course Description (1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™):

The practice of dispensing any medication faces a certain amount of control and regulation, but when that medication is considered a “Controlled Substance” by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the control and regulation is more rigorous.  This module focuses on the complexities of controlled substance laws and regulations as well as other practice nuances that will benefit any clinic considering dispensing these medications.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, the physician prescriber will be able to:

1. Navigate online resources to find specific laws and regulations regarding controlled substances;
2. Differentiate between the schedule classes of controlled substances as defined by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and match the dispensing, security, recordkeeping and DEA forms requirements for each; and
3. Utilize best practices for inventory and maintaining records for inspection.

Deanna Tran, PharmD, BCACP Instructor

Course Description: (1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™):

Counseling for Medicare and dual-eligible Medicaid patients is required at the time of dispensing under certain conditions and with certain medications. This one hour module will acquaint learners with specific requirements for counseling, will define and sequence the steps in patient medication counseling, and will share best practices. This session will provide audiovisual case examples to illustrate the practice of counseling.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, the physician prescriber will be able to:

1. Identify the state and federal requirements for patient counseling during the in-office dispensing process;
2. Correctly identify the components and sequences the steps in delivery of medication counseling; 
3. When viewing an audiovisual interaction with the patient, determine key counseling points to be provided to a patient; and 
4. Recall at minimum two best practices in the medication counseling process.

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For more information contact:

Roxanne Ward Zaghab, DM, CKM
Director, CIPS Knowledge Enterprise
Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
20 N. Pine Street, PHN427
Baltimore, MD 21201

Frank C. Berry, BS, CCMEP
Director, Division of Continuing Professional Development
MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society
1211 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-539-0872, Ext. 3307