Pain Management in a Time of Transition

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Date & Location
Friday, November 10, 2017, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Volney Richmond Auditorium, Seattle, WA

Target Audience
Adolescent Medicine, Anesthesiology, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Practice, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Hepatology, Hospitalist, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing, Pain Management, Palliative Care, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Registered Nurse, Surgery - General


Online preregistration is closed. Limited space is available and on site registration opens at 7:00 a.m. For questions contact the Virginia Mason CME department at (206) 341-0142.

Pain is an unavoidable, multifaceted human experience and essential part of life. For approximately 100 million Americans, functionally impairing pain is part of that daily experience. During the 1990s, the American Pain Society and other regulatory bodies advocated including pain as “the fifth vital sign”. This movement coincided with developments in opioid therapy and its application in patients suffering from persistent non-malignant pain.

Today, we face a crisis. Developed out of a well-intentioned effort, it has resulted in significant overuse of opioids as a stand-alone treatment for persistent non-malignant pain syndromes.

This course will expand understanding of treatment options for non-malignant pain beyond chronic opioid therapy. We will enhance knowledge of appropriate use of chronic opioid therapy and review statutory requirements to provide that treatment. Our faculty will elaborate on comprehensive assessment and treatment of patients with painful conditions. Participants will engage in discussion of emerging data on strategies to enhance collaboration within treatment teams and create interdisciplinary environment for treatment.

Washington State MQAC: This activity will provide up to 7.0 hours of continuing education on chronic pain management.


At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  1. Summarize the rationale and methods for opioid tapering or dose stabilization and how to make the change sustainable
  2. Consider our obligations to patients with chronic pain concerning pain relief, opioid prescription and abandonment
  3. Indicate the key guidelines for management of chronic opioid therapy and how to use them
  4. Summarize current Washington State law regarding opioid prescribing
  5. Specify the most effective alternatives to manage chronic pain
  6. Discuss the most important steps to take to reverse the opioid epidemic
  7. Apply the principles of safety, effectiveness and more harm than good to the kinds of conversations providers have with patients about pain medications
  8. Review and discuss non-pharmacological evidenced-based interventions for patients experiencing persistent pain
  9. Identify opportunities and barriers healthcare teams face when providing care to patients with pain
  10. Describe options for comprehensive pain management in the hospital
  11. Identify components of care needed to do collaborative care


Accredited with Commendation

The Virginia Mason Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Virginia Mason Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAFP: This Live activity, Pain Management in a Time of Transition, with a beginning date of 11/10/2017, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  7.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 7.00 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Washington State MQAC: This activity will provide up to 7.0 hours of continuing education on chronic pain management.

Parking: Parking is not included with registration. Virginia Mason's downtown parking facilities are limited and reserved for patients, therefore we offer this map of public lots with walking routes to the Lindeman Pavilion.

Public transportation: Metro Bus routes serving the First Hill neighborhood include 2, 10, 12, 60, 193, and 303. Please consult the Metro Trip Planner for route information and schedules.