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Virtual CME Short Courses in Tobacco Treatment

Skills-based and clinically relevant CME courses for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other medical professionals in a unique blended format of self-paced online video modules and live, interactive virtual sessions.

The science of treating tobacco dependence has progressed dramatically over the last decade. There are now highly effective treatments that most medical professionals do not yet use.

Our short courses offer advanced training for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and behavioral health providers who work with tobacco use treatment through a combination of online, self-paced video modules and interactive, virtual sessions with our interdisciplinary course faculty.

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AYA training
Tobacco Treatment in Adolescent and Young Adult Populations
May 17, 2023
11:00am-5:00pm ET
8.5 CME hours
$300 course fee

This course is designed for both healthcare and non-healthcare professionals who work with youth and young adults who would like a deeper and more practical understanding of the problem of tobacco use among young people, and opportunities to prevent and treat tobacco use and its sequelae. Grounded in a developmental framework, the course will explore the neurobiological and neurodevelopmental underpinnings of tobacco use and addiction among youth, the physiological and broader health impacts of use, the current prevalence of use and opportunities for community-based prevention, and essential clinical skills and resources involved in treating tobacco use disorders at the point of care, including behavioral and medication treatments.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the scope of tobacco use among adolescents and young adults, including the varied types of use and key trends over time 

  • Frame tobacco prevention and treatment within the neurodevelopmental context of adolescence 

  • Identify opportunities for primary prevention of tobacco use among children and youth 

  • Delineate practical strategies and evidence-based tools for screening for and assessing tobacco use among adolescents and young adults in busy clinical settings 

  • List key medication and behavioral treatment options for youth using tobacco 

  • Devise concrete approaches to addressing operational challenges in providing tobacco treatment to youth across a range of settings 


Course Faculty:

  • Richard Chung, MD, Adolescent Medicine Specialist, Professor of Pediatrics, Duke School of Medicine

  • Lucien Gonzalez, MD, MS, FAAP, Associate Professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Associate Program Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Adam O. Goldstein, MD, MPH, Professor, UNC Family Medicine

  • Deepa Camenga, MD, Associate Director of Pediatric Programs, Yale Program in Addiction Medicine

  • Sally Herndon, MPH, Head, Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch, NCDHHS

  • Joyce Swetlick, MPH, Director of Tobacco Cessation, Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch, NCDHHS

  • Jim Martin, MS, MPH, Director of Policy and Programs, NCDHHS

Tobacco Dependence Pharmacotherapy
December 5, 2023
12:00-5:00pm ET
8.0 CME hours
$300 course fee

Medication strategies for tobacco use continue to evolve, with the use of pre-quit treatment, extended treatment, low-dose varenicline, high-dose nicotine, and combination treatment. Most medical providers are unaware of how or when to use these effective approaches.


This training is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and tobacco treatment specialists who work with smoking cessation medications and would benefit from an understanding of the current research guiding smoking cessation pharmacotherapy. The course will provide an overview of the neurobiology that gives rise to nicotine dependence and how various medications impact that neurobiology. We will provide guidance on treatment that is relevant to most clinicians including:

  • approaches to varenicline use that maximize efficacy and minimize side effects;

  • use of combination medication treatment

  • evidence for the use of pre-quit smoking cessation medications

  • use of extended post-quit medications

  • and the use of adaptive treatment


We explore specific cases, such as use of tobacco treatment medications in hospitalized patients, surgical patients, acute cardiac care, renal failure, cancer treatment, e-cigarette use, oral tobacco use, and adolescent treatment, as well as treatment of light-intermittent smokers and high-dependence smokers. The course is designed to provide practical guidance for clinicians and lead to real change in clinical practice.​

Course Faculty:

  • Dr. James Davis, Director, Duke Smoking Cessation Program

  • Kelly Young, PA-C, Duke Smoking Cessation Program

Prerequisites: This is an advanced course designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists who work with smoking cessation medications. The course would also be ideal for individuals who have already received training as a tobacco treatment specialist and wish to deepen their knowledge about pharmacotherapy for tobacco use treatment.

BH Approaches
Intensive Behavioral Health Approaches to Tobacco Treatment
October 12, 2023
11:00am-5:00pm ET
9.5 CME hours
$300 course fee
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Health care professionals have received little training in current advanced techniques for intensive behavioral approaches to improved tobacco use treatment. This training will assist clinicians with acquiring improved skills in behavioral interventions for tobacco use treatment. Through experiential training methods, participants will be able to demonstrate how to use a variety of behavioral interventions, from motivational interviewing to cognitive behavior therapy to mindfulness practice. The training will also practice how understanding cultural differences can improve behavioral counseling outcomes.



  • Foundational Behavioral Interventions

  • Myths and misconceptions about counseling

  • Motivational interviewing for increasing cessation outcomes

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy in tobacco treatment

  • Mindfulness approaches to tobacco treatment

  • Implementing skills training in cessation treatment

  • Implementing social support strategies into cessation treatment

  • Practical approaches and cases

Course Faculty:

  • Adam O. Goldstein, MD, MPH, Professor, UNC Family Medicine

  • Michael Baca-Atlas, MD, Assistant Professor, UNC Family Medicine

  • Kim Schoenbill, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, UNC Family Medicine

  • Susan Trout, LCSW, MSPH, NCTTP, UNC Family Medicine

  • Eiman Newcomer, MCSW, LCAS, NCTTP, UNC Family Medicine

  • Sarah Sterling, LCSW, LCAS, NCTTP, Team Lead, UNC Weight Management Program

Prerequisites: This is an advanced course designed for behavioral health providers who already have experience providing tobacco use treatment. The course would also be ideal for those who wish to increase their knowledge about advanced behavioral health approaches for tobacco use treatment. It is not recommended for individuals who have no prior experience with behavioral health approaches treatment of tobacco use; those individuals would benefit from our full tobacco treatment specialist training program.

Contact us at 919-668-5042 or with any questions!
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