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Pain Management CME series

The American Medical Association (AMA) developed a Pain Management Continuing Medical Education (CME) resource in 2003, revised in 2007 and again in 2010. To date, approximately 155,000 CME certificates have been issued for the online version of this program, and 65,000 for the print version, with an additional 26,000 certificates issued to non-physicians, primarily physician assistants.

The 2013 revision of the online training, totaling14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, is now available.  The course materials acknowledge the growing controversy surrounding the appropriate prescribing of opioids for patients with chronic noncancer pain. Each year more than 16,000 Americans die from overdoses in which opioids are implicated, and the medicines are involved in about 400,000 emergency department visits annually, according to federal government estimates.

Access to the course materials is free. Physicians can complete the modules that address the specific needs of their practices and patients. Those who are interested in obtaining CME credit must register, and a $6.00 fee will be charged per module.

The 2013 revision of this series was made possible by the Prescribers’ Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O), a three-year grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

The PCSS-O is a collaborative project led by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry with the AMA, the American Dental Association, the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Society for Pain Management Nursing, and the International Nurses Society on Addictions. These organizations are providing training and education on safe and effective prescribing of opioid medications in the treatment of pain and/or opioid addiction.