In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Western States Regional Conference on Physicians' Well-Being will be postponed to Fall 2020. Paid registrations will be transferred to the fall event or a full refund may be requested.

Earn up to 6.75 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

Endorsed by California Medical Association, California Public Protection
& Physician Health, California Society of Addition Medicine


Mickey Trockel, M.D.
Mickey Trockel, M.D.
Stanford Medicine WellMD Center

Chris Searles, M.D.
Chris Searles, M.D.

Thomas Marcotte, PhD
Thomas Marcotte, PhD
UCSD Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research

Gregory Skipper, M.D.
Gregory Skipper, M.D.
Center for Professional Recovery

Shelly Carder, Esq.
Shelley Carder, Esq.
Law Office of
Shelley A. Carder

Bruce Holmblad, M.D.
Bruce Holmblad, M.D.
President, RCMA

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of the activity, learners will be able to:

  • Explain organizational and individual strategies to effectively address physician wellness.
  • Recognize risk factors, warning signs and symptoms of physicians experiencing severe professional burnout
  • Develop a proactive process to address physicians with disruptive behavior from initial response to proactive continuum.
  • Describe the impact of cannabis use on short term cognitive functions
  • Summarize the legal requirements of PWBCs and key PWBC activities.


8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
8:20 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Welcome, Bruce Holmblad, M.D.
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Attending to the Most Important Instrument in the Practice of Medicine: Organizational and Individual Strategies to Address Physician Wellness, Mickey Trockel, M.D.
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Interview with a Physician Suicide Survivor: Identifying the Hidden Warning Signs (Case Study), Mickey Trockel, M.D.
10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
- Break -
10:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Managing Disruptive Behavior From the Inside Out: The Responsive to Proactive Continuum, Chris Searles, M.D.
12:10 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.
- Hosted Lunch-
12:40 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Understanding Cannabis: “An Update,” Thomas Marcotte, PhD
1:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Break -
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions



Cannabis as Medicine: Beyond the Smoke, Thomas Marcotte, PhD
This breakout will review the latest data on the impact of the medicinal use of cannabis

Drug Testing & Monitoring Update, Greg Skipper, M.D.
This breakout will cover the latest update in drug testing and best practices to implement an effective drug monitoring program.

Leadership Communication Strategies When Addressing Disruptive Colleagues, Chris Searles, M.D.
This practical, interactive, case-based breakout will incorporate the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct quick, effective and sensitive interventions at points in the remediation process.

PWBC 101, Shelley Carder, Esq.
This breakout is for newcomers to Physician Well-Being Committees and will cover the legal guidelines for the establishment of the committee along with the key information you need to know.

PWBC 201 Beyond the Basics, Shelley Carder, Esq.
This breakout is for the seasoned PWBC member and will cover advanced PWBC practices, legal/legislative update along with time for your legal questions.


Note: Link to Conference Syllabus will be emailed to all attendees 1 week prior to conference. Please download or print materials prior to conference.


Register Online

Registration Form

Early Bird Conference Rates:
Before April 15, 2020

  • $675 Per Hospital Team of 3 ($210 each additional registration)*
  • $290 Individual Registration
  • $50 Medical Students & Resident Physicians

Conference Rates:
After April 15, 2020

  • $895 Per Hospital Team of 3 ($290 each additional registration)*
  • $395 Individual Registration ($445 at the door)
  • $50 Medical Students & Resident Physicians

*Group Registrations: Please Contact Mar'kettia Hull at or call (800) 472-6204

Register Online

Registration Form

*Group Registrations:
Please Contact Mar'kettia Hull at or call (800) 472-6204

All refunds will be processed in full amount up to 14 days prior to event. $100 cancellation fee will be charged after May 6, 2020


Hotels & Lodging

UCR Riverside Extension Residence Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507
PWB Rate: $65 - Reservations contact please email Reka Toyoda at

Courtyard Marriott
510 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 276-1200
Please email Nathaly Rodriguez at

The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa
3649 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 784-0300



Accreditation Seal


Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the California Medical Association (CMA) through the joint providership of Fresno Madera Medical Society and Riverside County Medical Association, Fresno Madera Medical Society is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 


Credit Designation Statement: Fresno Madera Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.