Boston University School of Medicine

Core curriculum

Online training


This online activity is meant to be taken sequentially, see the steps below.

  1. Register
    Create an account or log in to your existing account.
  2. Online module
    After registering you can then participate in the online activity: Safer/Competent Opioid Prescribing Education. This activity consists of a patient case presentation, is two hours long and is set up as two separate one-hour modules.

    Important note for clinicians who practice in New York
    In order to fulfill educational requirements for the State of New York, after completing this core activity, you must also take an additional module: "Managing Pain and Opioid Use: An Educational Program on Compliance with New York State Prescribing Laws."

    In order to begin the New York-specific module, you'll need to submit a $20 payment.

  3. Post-assessment survey
    There is a post-test after each module. You will be able to receive your continuing education certificate after you complete both modules and receive a cumulative score of 70% or better on the post-tests. BOTH one-hour modules must be completed in order to earn your online certificate of credit.
  4. Follow-up online survey
    There will also be an online follow-up survey distributed two months after completion of the program in order to further measure participant's changes in knowledge and behavior.

What is this online training about?

SCOPE of Pain is a series of continuing medical education/continuing nursing education activities designed to help you safely and effectively manage patients with acute and/or chronic pain, when appropriate, with opioid analgesics. Our program consists of a free 2-module, case-based online activity and live conferences held around the US. Through the case of Kathy James, a 32-year-old who has a displaced right femoral neck fracture due to a motor vehicle crash, you'll learn how to:

  1. Optimize safety when prescribing opioids for acute pain
  2. Determine when opioid analgesics are indicated for chronic pain
  3. Assess pain and prescription opioid misuse risk
  4. Educate patients about opioid risks and realistic benefits
  5. Monitor patients on opioid therapy for benefits and harms
  6. Assess and manage worrisome opioid-taking behaviors
  7. Safely taper long-term opioid therapy
  8. Identify and manage patients with an opioid use disorder

Who is this for?

Physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physician assistants, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and allied health professionals whose practices manage acute and chronic pain.


These activities were planned in collaboration with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), Med-IQ Inc., and the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Disclosure of support

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see for a listing of REMS Program Companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the Opioid Analgesic REMS education requirements issued by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Date of release: 3/1/19
Date of expiration: 9/30/21
Date of most recent review: 2/26/21

Boston University Council of Medical Specialty Societies Federation of State Medican Boards