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October 20, 2012 | 7:30am -1:30pm | Manchester, VT

Boston University School of Medicine

Vermont Department of Health
Board of Medical Practice
Vermont Medical Society  

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to offer the 2nd collaboration between the Vermont Board of Medical Practice and Boston University School of Medicine: an educational conference entitled Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain. It will be a half-day program the morning of October 20th in Manchester, Vermont.

Our first meeting, in March, was filled to capacity. We are delighted to be able to accommodate more participants from around the state with this meeting.

Opiates and opioids are important tools that allow medical professionals to treat pain and improve the quality of life for many patients. However, it is an inescapable fact that abuse, diversion, and questionable prescribing are large and growing problems. More and more of the cases reviewed by the Board of Medical Practice involve prescription pain medications in one way or another. News media are filled with stories about the crime and devastation of lives that can be tied to these substances. Both nationally and in Vermont, the problems associated with pain medications are now often referred to as an epidemic. The Governor and Legislators have identified prescription drug abuse as a problem that must be addressed. Educational opportunities for prescribers are part of the solution to reverse this troubling trend.

We hope that this course will help providers to better cope with the challenges that surround prescribing these medications. The faculty from BU has presented a similar course on several occasions in Massachusetts and it has been very well received. The course will explore clinical issues surrounding treatment of pain and drug dependence, as well as covering proper assessment, monitoring, and documentation techniques to assist providers. A practical framework for making decisions about treating with opioids will also be presented, and case studies will be used to help keep the program focused on answering and anticipating your real-world questions. In addition to covering universal concepts that apply to the topic, the course will cover some Vermont-specific issues and will include a panel discussion with both Vermont and federal regulators and law enforcement officials. The Medical Practice Board, Vermont State Police, and Drug Enforcement Agency will all be represented.

For full details and online registration, click here.

We look forward to seeing you on October 20th!

Patricia King, MD, PhD
Vermont Board of Medical Practice
Harry Chen, MD
Vermont Department of Health
Barry M. Manuel, MD
Associate Dean and Professor of Surgery
Boston University School of Medicine

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Boston University School of Medicine and the Vermont Board of Medical Practice. Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity was planned in collaboration with the Vermont Medical Society.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maxiumum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

This program meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for opioid education and pain management training.

Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 5.25

Nurses will receive contact hours for those sessions attended, after completion of an evaluation and claim for credit form.


The University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Attendance and completion program evaluations are required for issuance of a statement of credit.
UAN: 0060-9999-12-038-L01-P 5.25
Contact Hours (0.525 CEUs)

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