Pain Management Series

Addressing the Unmet Challenges of Chronic Pain Management

An overview of interdisciplinary pain management education designed to give physicians the competence in recognizing and understanding the unique needs of pain patients as well as further their ability to refer and treat patient in an interdisciplinary, multimodal manner.  Pain management is an area often missed in medical education, and needs to highlight multidisciplinary management have become evident with the expanding opioid crisis in the United States.

This CME activity is designed to increase physician knowledge and competence in recognizing and understanding the unique needs of pain patients as well as further their ability to refer and treat patients in an interdisciplinary, multimodal manner.

This series will:

  • Review anatomy and taxonomy of pain and its relation to treatment and referral to pain management provider
  • Review common pain conditions and the latest treatment options
  • Introduce pharmacological management by reviewing non-opioid medications for pain management
  • Discuss the importance of interdisciplinary pain management, including pain psychology and pain physical therapy
  • Discuss special patient populations, including end of life and cancer care and its correlation to pain management

CME Accreditation

In support of improving patient care, Stanford Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

To view the credit designation, disclosure summary and claim credit, please view the individual activity page by selecting the Claim CME button.


Senate Bill 1109
Physicians and surgeons licensed on or after January 1, 2019, the mandatory continuing education course to also include the subject of the risks of addiction associated with the use of Schedule II drugs.

California AB 487
Signed into law on October 4, 2001, requires most California-licensed physicians to take, as a one-time requirement, 12 units of continuing medical education (CME) on "pain management" and "the appropriate care and treatment of the terminally ill." All physicians licensed on and after January 1, 2002, shall complete this requirement within four years of their initial license or by their second renewal date, whichever occurs first.

Welcome & Introduction

Meet the Faculty

Lecture Series

Interventions in Pain Medicine

Review of the interventions pain physicians offer; their indications; a brief description of how they are done; and their potential risks.

Presented by: Vafi Salmasi, MD, MSCR
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Cancer Pain

Review the incidence and prevelance of cancer pain, some unique challenges we face in treating cancer pain, and both common and less-frequently-used medications and interventions used to treat this subset of the pain population.

Presented by: Pete Schmidt, MD
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Pain Physical Therapy 101

Review of the role of physical therapy plays in the Pain Management setting that will help you identify pain PT interventions and discuss common obstacles patients in chronic pain face when initiating an activity program.

Presented by: Corinne Cooley, DPT, OCS, TPS and
Matt Wright, DPT, OCS
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Interventional Low Back Pain

A basic to advanced review of interventional spine treatments for back pain.

Presented by: Einar Ottestad, MD, FIPP, CIPS
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Acute Pain Management

Review the advantages and disadvantages of different pain treatment modalities in the treatment of acute pain and understand how to minimize the side effects of acute pain treatments.

Presented by: Jen Hah, MD, MS
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Non-Opioid Medications

Review of non-opioid pharmacological therapies for chronic pain management and how to pursue medication trials in individuals with chronic pain.

Presented by: Anuj Aggarwal, MD
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The Role of Pain Psychology

This introductory course will describe the biopsychosocial model of treatment for chronic pain, the role of pain psychology and evidence based treatments. Psychosocial risk and protective factors and self-management resources are also discussed.

Presented by: Heather King-Poupore, PhD
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A Concise Discussion of Migraine: Diagnosis, Psychophysiology and Management

Review and discuss the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of migraine.

Presented by: Meredith Barad, MD
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Antidepressants and Anticonvulsants for the Management of Neuropathic Pain

Discuss the mechanisms and effects of Gabapentinoids, anticonvulsant and antidepressant drugs in neuropathic pain and help identify different types of medication treatments.

Presented by: Natacha Telusca, MD
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