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Continuing Medical Education (CME) Information

To receive CME credits, participants will be asked quarterly to evaluate the UW TelePain sessions they attended. CME credits are awarded annually.


The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 73.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. (Each session is 1.5 credits)

Note: Viewing video of didactic lectures outside of the TelePain session does not satisfy CME accredited attendance.

OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this activity, attendees should be able to:

  1. Describe the different major types of chronic, non-cancer pain and their corresponding treatment modalities.
  2. Optimize pharmacologic treatment of chronic non-cancer pain to improve function and safety, as measured by ability to measure morphine equivalent doses in patient prescriptions.
  3. Detect unsafe combination therapies such as opioids and benzodiazepines.
  4. Identify non-pharmacologic treatment modalities available for patients.
  5. State the legal requirements applicable to treatment of pain and addicted patients in their setting.
  6. Be able to describe the screening tools useful for management of chronic pain in primary care setting including those measuring pain intensity, function, and addiction risk.
  7. Identify elements of safe opioid prescribing and be able to assess patients for treatment.
  8. Model effective communication skills to improve provider-patient interaction and build trust as well as demonstrate ways to manage requests for opioid therapy from patients for whom this type of therapy is appropriate, and those for whom it is not appropriate.
  9. Describe the risks of serious adverse outcomes from opioid use, according to characteristics of opioid regimens and patients, and apply this knowledgein their patient assessment and ongoing treatment plans for improved patient safety.
  10. Successfully document treatment and patient action plans, and know how to counsel patients on how to safely use, store and dispose of opioid medications.
  11. Discuss general and product-specific drug information concerning extended-release and long-acting opioids.