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 to use once enrollment for the first class opens.

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The guidelines suggested in this newsletter are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. They attempt to define principles of practice for providing appropriate care. The principles are not inclusive of all proper methods of care nor exclusive of other methods reasonably directed at obtaining the same results.

The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider in light of all circumstances prevailing in the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.

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Second Quarter 2013

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