Hybrid Meeting: In-Person and Online Video Streaming

National Mid-Year Conference Co-Sponsored by the ACLM and ABLM


             Up to 6 Hours CME (2 hours ethics); Up to 7 Hours CLE Total (2.5 hours legal ethics)

7 hours of MJCLE will be available for judges who attend this program

Friday, October 22, 2021  First Come First Served

Judicial Conference Center, Oklahoma Supreme Court,  Oklahoma City, OK

Course Fee $195.00    -    (Judges complimentary)

$20.00 Discount ($175.00) for Early Bird Seminar Registration before September 22, 2021
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Need Information, Please Contact:

ABLM Program Chair:  S. Sandy Sanbar, MD, PhD, JD, FCLM,       Phone: (405) 229-7295, Email: sandysanbar@gmail.com

ACLM Program Chair:  Joseph D. Piorkowski, Jr., DO, JD, FCLM,  Phone: (202) 257-7662, Email: piorkowski@lawdoc1.com 


OKLAHOMA MEDICAL BOARD: Meets the Requirement by

The Oklahoma Medical Board for Continuing Medical Education in

pain management annually. [MDs, DOs, PAs, Optometrists and

Veterinarians, one (1) hour; Podiatrists and Advanced Practice

Registered Nurses, two (2) hours.]






7:30 a.m.                       Registration Desk opens and Microsoft TEAMS

7:50 a.m.                       Welcome and Introduction, Faculty introduction,

                                       Financial disclosure, Seminar objectives and goals


8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Session #1 - Ethics in The Digital Age, Post-COVID-19 Pandemic

Moderator:                    The Honorable Noma Gurich, Justice, Supreme Court of Oklahoma, Program Co-Chair  
Co-Moderator:              Cyril Wecht, MD, JD, FCLM, Past President, ACLM, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
                                       Peter Rheinstein, MD, JD, MS, Chairman, American Board of Legal Medicine


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.           Ethics: Technological Advances in the Courts Post-COVID-19
Speaker: The Honorable Noma Gurich, Oklahoma City, OK

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.           Ethics: Interactions between Legal and Medical Professionals                                        

                                            Speaker: The Honorable Dustin Rowe, Justice, Supreme Court of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.           Ethics: Evaluating Cognitive Soundness of Aging Doctors, Judges and Lawyers                                                                                                Speaker: The Honorable David Wecht, Justice, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.         High Profile Forensic Science Cases: John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Elvis                                                   Presly, John Benet Ramsey, Lacy Peterson and current cases such as George Floyd and Jeffrey Epstein

                                            Speaker: Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD, FCLM, Forensic Pathologist, Pittsburg, PA

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.        BREAK


10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. - Session #2 – Telemedicine, Artificial Intelligence, Professional Ethics and Well-Being


Moderator:                      The Honorable Noma Gurich, Justice, Supreme Court of Oklahoma
Co-Moderator:                Ghazi Rayan, MD, Professor, Hand-Orthopedic Surgery, NTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City 

                                         Tony Quang, MD, JD, FCLM, President-Elect, ACLM, Seattle, Washington

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.         Drug Court Update on Opioid Crisis and Telesercices

                                              Speaker: The Honorable Russell C. Vaclaw, Associate District Judge, Bartlesville, OK 

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.         Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Patients, Providers and Telehealth/Telemedicine

                                              Speaker: Mary Wall, MD, JD, FCLM, Past President, Ohio State Medical Association, Belleview, Ohio

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.         Artificial Intelligence for Judges, Lawyers, Doctors and other Providers                                       

                                              Speaker: Joseph P. McMenamin, MD, JD, FCLM, McMenamin Law Offices, Richmond, Virginia          

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.   Panel - Questions & Answers: Moderators and ALL Previous Speakers


11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. BREAK for Lunch


12:45 – 2:45 p.m. – Section #3 - Drug Courts, Teleservices, Controlled Substances and Pain Management

Moderator:                      The Honorable Noma Gurich
Lyle R. Kelsey, MBA, CMBE, Executive Director, Oklahoma Medical Board, Oklahoma City, OK

                                         Joseph D. Piorkowski, Jr., DO, JD, FCLM, President, ACLM, Washington, DC

12:45 – 1:15 p.m.          Impact of Machine and Deep Learning on Malpractice

                                         Junying (June) Zhao, PhD, PhD, MPH, MBBS, Assistant Professor, Health Administration and Policy, OUHSC
1:15 – 1:45 p.m.             Professional Conduct: Handling of Complaints by Medical Licensing Board                               

                                              Speaker:   Reji Varghese, Deputy Director, Medical Board of California, Sacramento, California

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.             Ethics and Law: Overprescribing Controlled Substances

                                              Speaker: Joseph D. Piorkowski, Jr., DO, JD, FCLM, President, ACLM

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.             Ethics: Physical and Mental Well-Being of Medical and Legal Professionals                                                                                                        Speaker: Sandy Sanbar, MD, PhD, JD, Past President, ACLM, Past Chairman, ABLM, Oklahoma City, OK

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.              Panel - Questions & Answers: Both Moderators, Three Speakers,

                                         Wes Ginsmann, CAE, Executive Director, OSMA, and

                                         Richard Kelly, MD, JD, MPH, FCLM, Professor, Irvine Medical Center, Irvine, CA


Pacific 2:45 pm – ADJOURN



CME Accreditation


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American College

of Legal Medicine and the American Board of Legal Medicine.


The American College of Legal Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The American College of Legal Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation

in the activity.

The American College of Legal Medicine, CME Office has reviewed this activity’s speaker and planner disclosures

and resolved all identified conflicts of interest, if applicable.


This will be a one-day course for a maximum of 6 hours of CME



By the conclusion of the 2021t Mid-Year Conference of the American Board of Legal Medicine and the American College of Legal Medicine meeting, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public health, including an understanding of different international approaches to disease prevention and treatment.

  2. Describe recent impact of Covid-19 on legislative and court opinions affecting health care providers.

  3. Describe the impact of Covid-19 on the legal aspects of telemedicine and artificial intelligence.

  4. Integrate professional medical and legal ethics into daily practice.

  5. Explain legal and ethical challenges when dealing with patients with chronic pain, use of controlled substances, and the opioid crisis.

  6. Describe the medical and legal pros and cons of mandatory screening of older physicians for physical and mental disorders as a condition for recredentialing.

  7. Explain the implications of substance abuse among health care providers including the balancing the need for effective treatment and privacy with protection of the public health.

Gap in Knowledge of the Target Audience 

  1. Novel evidence-based medicine and sundry legal issues are developing rapidly about the long-term effects of COVID-19 and its coronavirus variants.  Physician and other providers lack sufficient medical-legal knowledge about the impact of COVID-19 on the judicial system, delayed or missed diagnoses, vaccination adverse actions, telemedicine, artificial intelligence and professional liability issues during the pandemic.

    • This activity will help close the medical and legal gaps in physician knowledge and guidelines about the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. Physicians and other health care providers are struggling with professional licensing boards because of allegations of boundary violations and unprofessional conduct. 

    • This activity will seek to close gaps in physician understanding of the ethical and legal principles that govern physician conduct and how the medical licensing board handles complaints about physicians. 

  3. Some U.S. hospitals are requiring physicians age 70 and above to be screened for competency and for physical and mental problems as a condition for reaccreditation of hospital privileges. 

    • This activity addresses the medical and legal aspects of the age-discrimination surrounding mandatory screening of elderly physicians for cognitive impairment as a condition for reaccreditation of hospital privileges.

  4. The opioid crisis and abuse of other controlled substances has worsened during the past year. More and more people are dying of drug overdose.  Physicians lack adequate knowledge about treatment (drug) courts, and how to control drug abuse and over-prescription of controlled substances. 
    This activity enhances physician knowledge about the medical and legal aspects of overprescribing medications for pain management and the treatment (drug) courts that handle drug abuser in court rather than in prison. 



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