Introduction to Safe Prescribing of Opioids for Pain Management

Learning Objectives

As a result of completing this activity, the participant will be better able to:

  • Review epidemiological data on opioid-related morbidity and mortality
  • Identify key aspects of the medical assessment for patients suffering from pain syndromes
  • Use preferred modalities and medications for the treatment of acute and chronic non-terminal pain
  • When opioids are prescribed, describe appropriate risk assessment and risk reduction strategies

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 MOC II
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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About the Author

Randa Kutob, MD
Dr. Kutob is an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson and Director of the Office of Continuing Medical Education. She is a board-certified Family Medicine physician and Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine with extensive teaching, clinical work, and research in the arena of cross-cultural care and chronic disease prevention and treatment.

About the Reviewers/Editors

Daniel Derksen, MD
Dr. Derksen is the Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair and Director of the University of Arizona (UA) Center for Rural Health (AzCRH). He is also Professor in the Public Health Policy and Management Program at UA's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. As AzCRH Director, he oversees the State Office of Rural Health (AzSORH), the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (AzFlex), the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (AzSHIP), and the AzCRH Navigator Consortium.

Aram Mardian, MD
Dr. Mardian is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and Chief of the Chronic Pain Wellness Center at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. He is a board-certified family physician and holds additional certifications in pain medicine and medical acupuncture. He serves as Co-Chair for the Health Care Advisory Team for the Arizona Prescription Drug Misuse & Abuse Initiative.

Disclosure: Dr. Mardian states that he does not have any financial arrangements that could constitute a conflict of interest.

William C. Thompson IV, MD
Dr. Thompson is a Pain Medicine Specialist board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He is the Vice President of the Arizona Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and a board member of the Arizona Society of Anesthesiologists. He serves on the Arizona Department of Health Services Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative Health Care Advisory Team.

Disclosure: Dr. Thompson states that he does not have any financial arrangements that could constitute a conflict of interest.

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

1.00 Part II MOC points are available for these specialty board(s) (Optional):

American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Credit Type: Medical Knowledge
  • Practice Areas: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease


ACCME/AMA PRA Accreditation Statement

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Recognition Statement(s)

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.00 Medical Knowledge Part II 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.

If you elect to receive MOC credit for this course, you give permission for to share your information and activity completion data with the ACCME and the specialty board(s) chosen through the ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS).


CME Office Contact Information and CME Disclosure

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
Office of Continuing Medical Education
[email protected]

The following University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson CME Reviewers, Activity Directors, or Planning Committee Members have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that could constitute a conflict of interest with the proposed activity:

Robert Amend, M.Ed.
Randa Kutob, MD

Available Credit

  • 1.00 MOC II
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


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