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Comprehensive Review of Pain Medicine 2020

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Improve Performance in Pain Management

This online CME program covers all aspects of comprehensive and ongoing assessment and effective management, helping you achieve improved clinical outcomes for your patients with pain. Be prepared to take preventative action, diagnose underlying problems, recognize warning signs, and manage treatment. With an emphasis on the challenging aspects of opioid therapy, Comprehensive Review of Pain Medicine will help you to better:

  • Identify underlying biologic and psychosocial causes of the opioid crisis and apply CDC guidelines for opioid use in your practice
  • Evaluate therapies and management strategies for patients with back and spine pain or postoperative pain
  • Discuss pain management for older adults, including those at the end of life, as well as addicts and other complicated patients
  • Summarize relevant and current non-narcotic and non-pharmacologic interventions

* Date of Original Release: September 15, 2020

* Date Expire: September 15, 2023

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of and the advances in spinal cord stimulation.
  • Name emerging treatment modalities for chronic back pain.
  • Explain the challenges in prescribing opioids for chronic pain.
  • Summarize the pain management issues with patient with substance use disorders.
  • Discuss current and evidence-based postoperative pain management.
  • Identify effective nonpharmacological pain management modalities.
  • Discuss the complexities of cancer pain management.
  • Compare religious perspectives on pain and the end of life care.
  • Explain the germane issues of pain and palliative care.
  • Summarize legal problems related to prescribing opioids.


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2. The Opioid Epidemic and the Payor – Thomas Kowalski, RPh

3. Chronic Opioid Therapy and the DEA – Edgar L. Ross, MD

4. Moving Beyond Opioids for Pain Management – Paul F. White, PhD, MD, FANZCA

5. Opioids, Toxicology and Use Patterns – Mohammed Issa, MD

6. Opioids and Pediatric Pain Medicine – Pradeep Dinakar, MD, MS, FAAP

7. Chronic Opioid Therapy and Physician Decision Making – David Seaver, RPh, JD

8. Organizing Institutional Support for Opioid Prescribers and Rational Decision Making – Scott G. Weiner, MD, MPH

9. Restorative Electrical Stimulation for Back Pain – Christopher J. Gilligan, MD, MBA

10. Restorative Electrical Stimulation for the Post Stroke Shoulder – Marc A. Huntoon, MD

11. Spinal Cord Stimulation – New Advances and Devices – R. Jason Yong, MD, MBA

12. Electrical Stimulation for Pain – Beyond the Epidural Space – Assia T. Valovska, MD

13. Intrathecal Pharmacology – New Insights and Understanding – Tony L. Yaksh, PhD

14. Suicide and Chronic Pain – View from the Front Lines – Mary Esther Rohman, PhD

15. Pain Management for House Staff – Jason D. Ross, MD

16. Palliative Care for Clinicians – Moving Beyond Hospice – Kate Brizzi, MD

17. Interventional Procedure Considerations at the End of Life – Sanjeet Narang, MB, BS

18. Pain Medicine – A Primer for Mid-levels – Michael Ferrick, RN, NP

19. Interventional Management of Spasticity – Chloe S. Slocum, MD, MPH

20. Ultrasound for Musculoskeletal Procedures – Cheri A. Blauwet, MD

21. Neuroanatomy for Ultrasound-Guided Pain Procedures – Kamen V. Vlassakov, MD

22. Percutaneous Spinal Procedures – Beyond the Needle – Bohdan W. Chopko, PhD, MD

23. Pain and the Brain – The Future of fMRI and PET in Pain Medicine – Vitaly J. Napadow, PhD, LAc

24. Applying the Principles of Patient Engagement in Pain Medicine: Improving Pain Management and Reducing Opioid Use – Robert N. Jamison, PhD

25. Are Cannabinoids the New Frontier in Pain Management? – Mellar P. Davis, MD, FCCP, FAAHPM

26. Opioids and the Injured Worker – Edgar L. Ross, MD

27. Treating Pain in the Addict – Mohammed Issa, MD

28. Opioid Risk Management for Clinicians – Jayne Pawasauskas, PharmD, BCPS

29. Can NGF Inhibitors Replace Opioids? – Edgar L. Ross, MD

30. Explaining the CDC Guidelines – Michele L. Matthews, PharmD, CPE, BCACP, FASHP

31. Buprenorphine and its Role in Pain Medicine – Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH

32. Do Epidural Steroid Injections Work? – Srdjan S. Nedeljkovic, MD

33. Radiofrequency Lesioning for Back and Neck Pain – Why the Controversy? – Srdjan S. Nedeljkovic, MD

34. Endocrinology and Pain – Robert R. Edwards, PhD, MSPH

35. Pain and Dementia – Mohammed Issa, MD

36. Pain Medicine and Psychiatry – Ajay D. Wasan, MD

37. Patient Care and the Use of Placebos: Nonspecific Treatment Effects in Pain Medicine – Robert N. Jamison, PhD

38. Measuring Outcomes – Beyond VAS – Robert R. Edwards, PhD, MSPH

39. Neonatal Pain Medicine – Pradeep Dinakar, MD, MS, FAAP

40. Telemedicine and the Future of Healthcare – Edgar L. Ross, MD

41. Postoperative Pain Medicine Without Opioids – Are We There Yet? – Jose Luis Zeballos, MD

42. Postoperative Pain Management in High-Risk Patients – Darin J. Correll, MD

43. Opioids for Pain – Where is the Pendulum Now? – David A. Thomas, PhD

44. Vertebral Augmentation – Joshua A. Hirsch, MD, FACR, FSIR, FSNIS

45. Psychopathology and the Treatment of Pain – Ryan T. Peterson, MD

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