The Use of Opioids to Treat Chronic Pain (CME)

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2016

A five-part series on best practices in opioid prescribing

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • prescribe opioids according to the opioid prescribing guidelines and in cases where they deviate from the guidelines, they will document the reasons for doing so.
  • consider including other modalities to relieve pain as well as other medications that are not responsible for addiction and dependence.
  • utilize the new PDMP and alter workflows to best accommodate the required database review
  • appropriately monitor patients during ongoing care

Instructions for completing the course:

  1. Review all 5 sessions below
  2. Complete the CME Quiz/evaluation
  3. Print out your CME certificate
  1. Session 1: Interdisciplinary Pain Care: Where Do Opioids Fit In?

  2. Session 2: Opioid Therapy: Does it Work and at What Cost?

  3. Session 3: Patient Monitoring During Care

  4. Session 4: Treatment Failure: What to do when things don’t go well

  5. Session 5: Putting it all Together: Managing Pain in High Risk Patients

Take the Assessment:

Click here to take the CME

Some functionality and features with this CME program will not work in Internet Explorer. Unfortunately, we will not be resolving any bugs or issues for Internet Explorer, as Microsoft announced in 2016 that they are no longer updating IE. For the best user experience and the highest level of security, please use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. 

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Accreditation and designation information

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

The Pennsylvania Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity.

The members of the Activity Development Team have no relevant relationships to disclose.

Activity Team Members:

Name/Title (MD, DO, PhD, etc.) Role in the activity – planner/faculty /author
Michael Ashburn, MD, MPH, MBA Planner and presenter
Martin Cheatle, PhD Planner and presenter
Leslie Howell Planner
Marcia Lammando, RN Planner

Enduring material expires
: Dec. 31. 2020

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  1. Allan Segal | Nov 14, 2018

    The video portion did not work, neither with Chrome nor the Firefox browsers. I got an error message each time. I was able to pass both portions despite missing some material which was later tested. (Yes, I allowed adobe flash), but it was annoying to have to fill in the blanks. I took and passed sessions I and II to comply with licensure renewal. 

    I am in the retired active category on the licence. I found the audio dialog to be distracting. A simple readable version would be faster and easier. Just present the facts.

  2. PAMED Staff | Jun 22, 2018

    Dr Rudolph

    Thank you for your question.  Yes, beginning the 2017/2018 licensure cycle, a physician with an active retired license who maintains an active DEA license must fulfill the 2 CME opioid training licensure renewal requirement.  The requirement is based on the licenses actively maintained.   


  3. Robert I. Rudolph | Jun 21, 2018

    I have an active DEA license, but do not have a practice any longer nor see any patients nor write any scripts, other than occasional refills of my or my wife's meds.


    In the face of the above do I need to take this course for re-licensing?

  4. Mario Sangillo | Jun 04, 2018

    Helpful information. I still do not feel comfortable prescribing. However, I now know more about why I should not prescribe. Need to have good organized follow up. Like anything, it is best done by someone or some system that does it regularly.

    Similar thinking as wanting a surgeon who has done the procedure several times before. 

    Thank you.

  5. PAMED Staff | Jun 01, 2018
    Dr. Costello, thank you for reviewing this course.  In order to claim Category 1 CME credit, you do need to enter your Pennsylvania medical license number as part of the registration process.  If you are not currently licensed, I invite you to revisit the CME assessment once you’ve received your training license number. If you need training on opioids to receive your initial license, please consider taking our other opioids series found at
  6. James Costello | Jun 01, 2018
    Is there an assessment link for residents to receive CME credit for these sessions?
  7. Karalyn Hillebrecht | May 07, 2018
    Is there an assessment link for residents to receive CME credit for these sessions? I have completed the "Addressing PA’s Opioid Crisis: What the Health Care Team Needs to Know" modules which had specific assessments for those without a license number, but this does not seem to be available for this section. Thank you very much.
  8. Jeff Wirick | Apr 23, 2018
    Thanks Dr. Islam for your feedback - PAMED staff.
  9. Kazi M. Islam | Apr 22, 2018
    Good learning materials for the use of opioids to treat chronic pain.
  10. Amrit Paul Riarh | Feb 06, 2018

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