Boston University School of Medicine

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Podcast series NEW


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

  1. Register
  2. Podcast series
    After registering you can then listen online or download the podcast series: Safer/Competent Opioid Prescribing Education. The six podcasts should be listened to sequentially, and together will take 2 hours and 15 minutes.
  3. Post-assessment survey and evaluation
    Once you've listened to all six episodes, you can take the post-test. You will be able to receive your continuing education certificate by earning score of 70% or better on the post-test, and completing the online evaluation.
  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 participants' changes in knowledge and behavior.

What is this podcast series 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) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).

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 original release: 4/20/2020
Date of most recent review: 9/30/2021
Date of expiration: 9/30/2022

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