The Doctor’s Advocate | Second Quarter 2013
Johns Hopkins Launches Online Pain Certificate for Primary Care Physicians in 2013
Pain treatment is an essential component of primary care practice. Almost 40 percent of office visits involve a pain complaint, but studies find that primary care physicians (PCPs) feel unprepared to manage pain due to insufficient training, and they experience low patient satisfaction when providing pain care. Add to this the risk management practices required of prescribers of controlled substances, and many PCPs feel overwhelmed.
To address this problem, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is launching an online CME course titled Johns Hopkins Certificate in Pain Management for Primary Care Physicians. The course will utilize a flexible modular approach to deliver more than 40 hours of CME. Completion of 32 hours within one year is required to achieve a certificate of completion.
The Johns Hopkins faculty will deliver live and enduring activities, and PCPs can also interact with faculty one-on-one. The goals are to optimize pain outcomes and patient safety by providing the knowledge and skills to manage multiple types of pain in diverse patient populations, utilize risk management principles, and make well-informed referrals for treatments.
Members of The Doctors Company can obtain a 30 percent discount on the $1,500 registration fee by accessing the code at www.thedoctors.com/JHUPainCertificate to use once enrollment for the first class opens.