Pain Symposium: Pain, Opioids, and the Path Forward

The UT Southwestern Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management's 2018 Pain Symposium is designed to serve the healthcare community by introducing participants to the best evidence-based practice in the cost effective treatment of pain management.  The course is intended to be multidisciplinary and address the current state of the opioid epidemic, an interdisciplinary approach to pain management, the most current evidence-based practice for back pain, the management of cancer pain, as well as addictionology and medication assisted treatment options. 

Developing knowledge in these areas of pain management will help providers implement their own strategies for providing pain management care at their individual institution and/or clinic. The creation and implementation of such strategies will foster patient-centered care, accelerate functional recovery, and improve overall patient outcomes.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify best evidence-based practice for and against opioid treatment for pain
  • Recognize the physiology & pathophysiology of opioid addiction and detoxification 
  • Review the results and effects of an interdisciplinary treatment approach to opioid usage
  • Review best practices for the treatment of back pain and cancer pain
  • Recognize & navigate potential barriers when deciding upon an appropriate medication assisted treatment plan 

Audience: Physicians

Available Credit: Physicians AMA PRA Category 1™

Accreditation Statement
:  The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.