March 2024 Florida Mandatory CME Topics

Navigating Florida’s Medical Landscape CME is a livestream that will help you maintain your Florida license & address key issues that affect FL-licensed physicians.

Registrants will have access to the recording and ability to claim CME credit via your FMA profile until midnight, Monday, March 25. Access to the recording includes the ability to interact with presenters of the course by emailing your questions to

Member Type Prices
Physician/PA Members Complimentary
Physician/PA Non-Members $450.00

FMA members save $450 on 7 hours and get immediate access to our online CME catalog with 100-plus free and discounted courses.

When: March 15, 2024, 9:00 AM ET - 5:00 PM ET
Where: Livestream from FMA Headquarters in Tallahassee, FL

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Domestic Violence (2 credits)

This session fulfills the renewal requirement (two credits every six years) for allopathic and osteopathic physicians licensed in Florida. The content is intended to remind physicians that sometimes the little things they do in everyday practice, like detailed documentation and simple screenings, can make a huge difference in the lives of patients.


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Suzanne Harrison, MD
Professor Emeritus
Florida State University College of Medicine

Dr. Harrison is Professor Emeritus at Florida State University College of Medicine. Prior to her retirement in 2022, Dr. Harrison served as Professor of Family Medicine & Rural Health and Director of Clinical Programs. She has been a frequent lecturer for the Florida Medical Association. Advocacy and research interests center on violence and abuse, women’s health, women in medicine and medical education. Dr. Harrison has published manuscripts on intimate partner violence, human trafficking and child abuse.

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Robin Hassler Thompson, MA, JD
Executive Director
Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC)

Robin Hassler Thompson, MA, JD, is the Executive Director of the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC), non-profit agency she co-founded in 2015 to assist survivors of human trafficking. Also a consultant, Robin works with a wide range of clients including healthcare entities, public policy and human rights advocacy groups, and other non-governmental organizations. Her work focuses on how survivors of sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner violence and human trafficking can more effectively achieve support and justice in their lives. Robin’s work includes policy development and analysis, meeting planning and organization, training and education, public speaking, strategic planning, and program evaluation.

Robin has served on and held leadership positions on local, state and national boards and committees. In 2014, she was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to serve on Florida’s first Commission on Access to Civil Justice until June 2020. She served on the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, from 2011-2014 and chaired that body from 2012-14.

Robin led Florida’s first Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence from 1993-1998 as its Executive Director. At the request of the U.S. Department of Justice, she served on the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women. Robin holds both a Juris Doctorate and master’s degree from Florida State University and a B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Florida Laws, Rules & Ethics (1 credit)

This session, required for osteopathic physicians licensed in Florida, is intended to demystify Florida's physician licensure and regulatory process and to highlight the top legal and ethical issues currently affecting Florida-licensed physicians. Allopathic physicians who complete this course can earn general CME credit.


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Mary Thomas, JD
Assistant General Counsel
Florida Medical Association

A graduate of Florida State University College of Law, Ms. Thomas concentrated on health law, was the President of the Health Law Society, and clerked at the Department of Health in the Office of the General Counsel. As Assistant General Counsel for the FMA, she represents the association at various regulatory and administrative agency board meetings, conferences, and commissions for rulemaking, adjudication, and enforcement of regulatory agendas. Ms. Thomas concentrates on lobbying the Florida Legislature and executive agencies with a focus on legislation as well as rule promulgation of the Board of Medicine. She regularly presents to physicians, learners and medical staff various medical education programs including Laws and Rules, Controlled Substance Prescribing, and other relevant topics. She also consults FMA members on various legal and legislative matters.

12:15 - 12:45 p.m. | Lunch Break

This session features a break from our quest for knowledge to embark on a well-deserved gastronomic journey, a lunchtime fiesta. Replenish both mind and body, recharge, and prepare for an afternoon of enlightening sessions! Please note this session is not approved for CME credit.

12:45 - 2:45 p.m. | Prevention of Medical Errors (2 credits)

This session features the mandatory content required by the Florida Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine for prevention of medical errors, including root cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, patient safety, and the most commonly mis-diagnosed conditions identified by the two Boards.


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Arnold Mackles, MD, MBA
Industry Leading Patient Safety Expert

Dr. Arnold Mackles practiced hospital based neonatal medicine in Florida for over twenty-two years after completing a Pediatric Residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, and a Fellowship in Neonatology at The Cornell University Medical Center. In addition to receiving an MBA from Nova Southeastern University, he obtained his license as a Healthcare Risk Manager through studies at the University of South Florida. He was elected to the Board of Directors of The Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety for a two-year term from 2006-2008, and again for a one-year term from 2014-2015. He has served as an instructor with the University of Florida Distance Education Risk Management and Patient Safety Program, and also participated as a faculty member of the University of South Florida Risk Management Licensure Program. In addition, he is the author of multiple on-line continuing education courses on patient safety topics for The Sullivan Group. He now devotes full time to risk management and patient safety issues.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Controlled Substance Prescribing (2 credits)

This session fulfills the 2 hour CME requirement for Florida-licensed MDs and DOs who are registered with the DEA and authorized to prescribe controlled substances. The course will highlight updated and new prescribing laws and rules; emphasize the current standards for prescribing controlled substances, particularly opiates; review alternatives to opiates, including nonpharmacological options; and address the risks of opioid addiction following all stages of treatment in the management of acute pain.


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Joshua Lenchus, DO, Rph
Former President
Florida Medical Association

Dr. Lenchus holds a pharmacy degree from the University of Florida, and graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

He is a notable expert in several medical fields. He has presented on opioids and controlled substances locally, regionally, and nationally for several years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, and other public health issues, he has been a frequent presence in the media, having been interviewed by the major local new stations in the Southeast Florida market, for local and national print, and on radio, including NPR.

Outside of his clinical practice, Dr. Lenchus is incredibly involved, serving as a leader in organized medicine at multiple levels, including as past Regent and current Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and Senior Fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine. As the 146th President of the Florida Medical Association, he is the first in Florida’s history to have also served as the President of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. He is the first pharmacist and the first hospitalist to serve in this capacity, as well.

CME Credit

The Florida Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Florida Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of seven (7.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure: Neither the planners nor the speakers for this event have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

Member Benefit

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How Does The Event Process Work?


Two Ways To Access Event:

  1. Event reminder emails will be sent from Florida Medical Association (, which will include a JOIN WEBINAR link, one week, one day, and one hour before the event begins.


  1. Go to At the top of the page, click on Profile. Sign in with your username (email) and password.
  2. Under the Profile Menu header, locate the blue section containing profile options. Click the orange Event Access/Claim CME tab. (example shown above)
  3. Click the Access Webinar link listed next to the webinar title.
  4. Slides and/or supporting documents will be provided in the handouts section of the webinar, if available.


  1. Go to At the top of the page, click on Profile. Sign in with your username (email) and password.
  2. Under the Profile Menu header, locate the blue section containing profile options. Click the orange Event Access/Claim CME tab. (example shown above)
  3. Access to the recording will be available within 24 hours of the event conclusion until March 25.
  4. Course Handouts link for slides and/or supporting documents will be listed next to the event, if available.

Claiming CME Credit:

  1. Log in to your FMA account profile and click the Event Access/Claim CME tab in the blue menu (example shown above)
  2. Click the event's Claim CME Credit hyperlink
  3. All CME credits will be reported on your behalf to CE Broker by March 26, after the March 25 deadline.
  4. NEW FEATURE - CME Certificates will be available to print in your FMA Profile after credits have been reported. Certificates will no longer be mailed.
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