CME Resource Suggestions during COVID-19


learning-on-computer-250It may be difficult to navigate the best resources to continue to provide medical education to our medical students and residents during the current pandemic. The Association of American Medical Colleges has some valuable resources that may aid in continuing to provide education during this time. Check out their library of many different types of learning resources, including information specific to pain and opioids, a difficult patient scenario, and spinal cord anatomy.


Opioid Risk Mitigation Strategies and Overdose Resuscitation

Medication-Seeking Patient Scenario

Spinal Cord Anatomy


Module 1: Pain Pathways is now available. 



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Review Articles & Guides on Acute and Chronic Pain Topics


Acute Pain

Basic Anatomy and Physiology of Pain Pathways (login/cost to view entire article)
Sarah Bourne, MD; Andre G. Machado, MD, PhD; Sean J. Nagel, MD

Clinical Application of Opioid Equianalgesic Data (login/cost to view entire article)
Arnold R Gammaitoni, PharmD; Perry Fine, MD; Nancy Alvarez, PharmD; Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD; Suzette Bergmark 

Monitoring for Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression
Rajnish K. Gupta, MD; David A. Edwards, MD, PhD

Multimodal Analgesia and Alternatives to Opioids for Postoperative Analgesia
Veena Graff, MD; Taras Grosh, MD

Perioperative Surgical Home and the Integral Role of Pain Medicine 
Tessa L. Walters, MD;  Edward R. Mariano, MD, MAS; J. David Clark, MD, PhD 

Persistent Postsurgical Pain: Pathophysiology and Preventative Pharmacologic Considerations
Philippe RichebĂ©, MD, PhD; Xavier Capdevila, MD, PhD; Cyril Rivat, PhD

Chronic Pain 

Advanced Innovations for Pain 
Tim J. Lamer, MD; Timothy R. Deer, MD; Salim M. Hayek, MD, PhD   

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain—United States, 2016 
Deborah Dowell, MD, MPH; Tamara M. Haegerich, PhD; Roger Chou, MD 

Pain and Opioids in Cancer Care: Benefits, Risks, and Alternatives 
Mike Bennett, MD, FRCP, FFPMRCA; Judith A. Paice, PhD, RN; Mark Wallace, MD 

Landmark Research Studies in Acute and Chronic Pain


Acute Pain 

New Persistent Opioid Use After Minor and Major Surgical Procedures in US Adults
Chad M. Brummett, MD; Jennifer F. Waljee, MD, MPH, MS; Jenna Goesling, PhD; Stephanie Moser, PhD; Paul Lin, MS; Michael J. Englesbe, MD; Amy S. B. Bohnert, PhD, MHS; Sachin Kheterpal, MD, MBA; Brahmajee K. Nallamothu, MD, MPH

Risks of Developing Persistent Opioid Use After Major Surgery
Neilesh Soneji, MD; Hance A. Clarke, MD, PhD, FRCPC; Dennis T. Ko, MD, MSc; Duminda N. Wijeysundera, MD, PhD

Regional Anesthesia 

The Risk of Falls After Total Knee Arthroplasty with the Use of a Femoral Nerve Block Versus an Adductor Canal Block: A Double-Blinded Randomized Controlled Study 
Elkassabany, Nabil M. MD, MSCE; Antosh, Sean MD; Ahmed, Moustafa MD; Nelson, Charles MD; Israelite, Craig MD; Badiola, Ignacio MD; Cai, Lu F. MD; Williams, Rebekah BS; Hughes, Christopher MPT; Mariano, Edward R. MD, MAS; Liu, Jiabin MD, PhD 

Chronic Pain 

Effect of Opioid vs Nonopioid Medications on Pain-Related Function in Patients With Chronic Back Pain or Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis Pain
Erin E. Krebs, MD, MPH; Amy Gravely, MA; Sean Nugent, BA; Agnes C. Jensen, MPH; Beth DeRonne, PharmD; Elizabeth S. Goldsmith, MD, MS; Kurt Kroenke, MD; Matthew J. Bair; Siamak Noorbaloochi, PhD

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