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Grand Rounds: Substance Use Disorders: What to do when a healthcare professional needs help.


By Richard Hertle, MD, Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology; Dr. Boomer and Jill Burnstine Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology; Pediatric Ophthalmologist , and Richard Whitney, MD, FASAM, Medical Director, Ohio Physicians Health Program

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Identify and learn the symptoms of Substance Use Disorders (SUD); discuss best treatment practices and learn the factors of addiction as a disease. 2. Describe the One Bite Program and rules; information on OPHP services. 3. Illustrate resources available to healthcare professionals.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

Identified Gap:

Recognize signs and symptoms of substance use disorders and present available resources for treatment.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour(s)

Expiration Date for CE/CME Credit:


Method of Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CE/CME credit.


The speakers, Richard Hertle, MD and Richard Whitney, MD, have both indicated that there are no relevant financial or other relationships with any commercial interests and that this activity was developed independent of commercial interest.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The Ohio Physician Wellness Coalition (OPWC) was established in 2017 by Ohio's major physician associations. Led by their Physician Advisory Council (PAC), their goal is to address physician burnout by providing physician wellness initiatives. Visit for more resources!

In 2018, the Ohio General Assembly established a program that allows an eligible practitioner who is impaired due to a substance use disorder to avoid formal disciplinary action by the State Medical Board (SMBO) by utilizing established confidential monitoring and treatment conditions as defined in ORC 4731.251 and 4731.252. This is known as the One-Bite Program.

A listing of the State Medical Board of Ohio approved treatment providers can be found at

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