Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits (AOA CO*RE)
Sunday, September 13, 2020
9:00 - 11: 00 AM
Online, Interactive Course
Anticipated Credits: 2.0 AOA Category 1-A*
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Learn to manage the risks and benefits of prescribing opioids for pain management in this free, FDA-compliant two-hour CO*RE CME program. The overall goal of this program is to improve the quality of life for patients with chronic pain by educating multiple clinician disciplines on the pathophysiology of chronic pain, evidence-based pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment options, and emerging treatment modalities that should be considered in managing these conditions. The curriculum addresses the assessment of patients for treatment with ER/LA opioids; initiation, modification and discontinuation of treatment and management of ongoing therapy; counseling of patients and caregivers about the safe use of these medications, including proper storage and disposal; and general and product-specific drug information concerning ER/LA opioids.


  • Describe the pathophysiology of pain as it relates to the concepts of pain management.
  • Accurately assess patients in pain.
  • Develop a safe and effective pain treatment plan.
  • Identify evidence-based non-opioid options for the treatment of pain.
  • Identify the risks and benefits of
    opioid therapy.
  • Manage ongoing opioid therapy.
  • Recognize behaviors that may be associated with opioid use disorder.


Katherine E. Galluzzi, DO, CMD, FACOFP
Professor and Chair, PCOM Department of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine & Director of Comprehensive Care
Medical Director, VNA Hospice of Philadelphia





The New York State Osteopathic Medical Society is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. The New York State Osteopathic Medical Society anticipates this program to receive a maximum of 2.0 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

*Participants must be registered and present for the entire webinar and must complete the course outcome survey following the program in order to receive credit.