16th Annual Safar Symposium Tackles Opioid Epidemic

The theme for the 16th Annual Safar Symposium is "The Opioid Epidemic: Implications for Resuscitation Medicine." The symposium will be led by this year's Peter & Eva Safar Lecturer, Lewis S. Nelson, MD, whose talk will be "The Newest Opium War: Insights into the Current Opioid Crisis." Dr. Nelson is professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

The event will also feature six local and national leaders with resuscitation expertise and experience relevant to the opioid epidemic as well as a trainee research poster session in the afternoon. The Safar Symposium will be held at The University Club on Thursday, May 31 from 8 am to 5 pm. Please register online.

"With the Pittsburgh region at the center of the opioid epidemic it made sense for our annual Safar Symposium to focus on this very pertinent issue," said Professor Patrick Kochanek, MD, MCCM, who is director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research. "I am thrilled to present to the Pittsburgh community experts on toxicology, emergency medicine, cardiac arrest, critical care medicine and opioid epidemic guidelines."

The day two program topic is "Advancing Your Nursing Career Through Simulation" and will be held on June 1 at the Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research located at 230 McKee Place in Oakland. <h4>Safar Symposium Program Overview

7:30 am - Registration
8:00 am - Welcome and Introduction
8:15 am - Expert presentations
12:00 pm - Peter & Eva Safar Lecturer
2:00 pm - Trainees' research poster session
5:15 pm - Awards presentation