The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) has heard from physicians, practices, and health care systems looking for immersive, in-depth education to address opioid and controlled substance prescribing. And now, there's a new CME course that can help.
Lifeguard, a program of the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, offers a Controlled Substance and Opioid Prescribing Educational Program led by Penn Medicine faculty.
The course takes a hands-on, active educational approach. "We combine case-based education with real-world training using standardized patients, so that physicians who have taken this course are comfortable moving forward in their practice," says Michael Ashburn, MD, MPH, MBA, one of the program's faculty leaders.
Another highlight of the course is that participants will receive an assessment of personal prescribing habits through chart review.
This innovative education can help participants:
- Select patients who are appropriate candidates for opioid management of chronic pain.
- Recognize the importance of consistent screening for risk prior to prescribing and outline a time-efficient method for conducting risk screening.
- Understand the role that opioid agreements play in chronic opioid therapy.
- Follow an evidence-based method for monitoring patients' responses to therapy, including both the efficacy and safety of opioid therapy.
- Recognize the usefulness of the PDMP when prescribing and dealing with patient issues surrounding opioid/controlled substances utilization and patterns.
- Outline a time-efficient approach to dealing appropriately with aberrant drug-taking behaviors.
- And, much more: Download course syllabus.
Penn Med Clinical Simulation Center
The next scheduled event is Dec. 8-9, 2016. Registration deadline is Nov. 25.
Who can attend?
The course is open to all physicians interested in learning more about opioids and controlled substance prescribing. When applicable or requested (e.g. when prescribing practices are called into question), ongoing practice monitoring and sessions for remediation are also available.
$3,200 (Includes course materials and meals; Discounts available for PAMED members)
A course syllabus, course schedule, and instructor bios are available online. Learn More and Register
Have questions about the program? Contact Lifeguard online here or call 717-909-2590.