Learn more about our available professional development courses offered throughout the year.

Master Tobacco Treatment Specialist

March 26th through March 30th, 2018

Description: Integration of Tobacco Use Treatment into Healthcare is a 5-day, highly interactive training program for working healthcare professionals, designed to help providers develop directorship-level skills in tobacco dependence treatment. Participants deepen their expertise through concentrated examination of accepted standards of care, analysis of current research findings, and hands-on application of tobacco treatment principles. Successful participants receive a Certificate of Professional Development from the Perelman School of Medicine, and will qualify for designation as Master Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS-M) after fulfilling additional clinical requirements.

The Course is organized into 5 uniquely themed, day-long seminars. Each day’s seminar is designed to be self-contained, with feasible mastery of the learning objectives independent of attendance at prior seminars. This unique structure allows for flexible scheduling, with participants able to attend seminars on dates that minimize conflict with their work schedule. At least once annually, the Course is offered in its entirety on 5 consecutive days for trainees who prefer a concentrated experience.

The course is appropriate for healthcare providers from disciplines with both direct and indirect patient care responsibility. The syllabus is designed to be applicable to the needs of most professionals involved in the treatment of tobacco dependence, including but not limited to:

  • Physicians
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Community Educators
  • Health System Administrators
  • Insurance Industry Executives
  • Public Health Officials

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Credit Hours: Up to 37.5 Category I hours.

Contact us at Pennstop@uphs.upenn.edu for more information or click here for registration information for the upcoming training seminars.

Webinar Series: Finding A Way to Help Every Smoker at Every Visit

Available On Demand

Description: A series of 30-60 minute discussions focused on practical tips and techniques for implementing tobacco dependence treatment in a variety of healthcare settings.  Appropriate for providers of all disciplines interfacing with the ill-effects of tobacco dependence.

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Managing Reluctance to Quit in Your Smoking Patients (40 Min): A practical review of the genesis of reluctance in addiction, followed by a straight-forward model for managing its impact.  A short introduction to counseling techniques, appropriate for any discipline that involves direct patient contact.

The Basics of Tobacco Dependence Pharmacotherapy (45 min): Pharmacotherapy is an integral adjunct to counseling when managing a patient's compulsion to smoke.  Learn tips for maximizing the effectiveness of core pharmacotherapeutic strategies discussed in the US Public Health Service Guidelines.  Discusses several prescription medications, but appropriate for providers of any discipline faced with answering question about pharmacotherapy supports.

The Pharmacist’s Role in Controlling the Tobacco Epidemic (60 min): Geared toward PA pharmacists interested in gaining membership to PA's pre-approved Tobacco Cessation Registry, but chock full of practical advice on "5-A" guideline implementation within busy practice settings.

Contact us at Pennstop@uphs.upenn.edu for more information.

Advances in the Pharmacologic Treatment of Tobacco Dependence


Description: This Continuing Education activity focuses on evidence-based strategies for maximizing the efficacy of pharmacologic interventions.  Appropriate for care providers of any discipline, who have a primary mission that is compromised by tobacco smoke exposure.

Schedule: Didactic and interactive sessions run from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

Registration Fee: $250

Credit Hours: Up to 7.5 Category I / Pharmacology hours.

Contact us at Pennstop@uphs.upenn.edu for more information or click here for registration information for the upcoming training seminars.

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