Experts Share Ways Physician Assistants Can Improve Clinical Approaches to Opioid Use in New CME Outfitters Webcast

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New CME Snack features expert faculty discussing best ways PAs can approach opioid use and the importance of various patient-centered components in treating patients with pain.

CME Outfitters (CMEO), a leading accredited provider of continuing medical education, is excited to announce a new CME Snack, How PAs Are Improving Skill Sets to Approach Opioid Use, featuring expert faculty members Mark S. Gold, MD, and Catherine Judd, MS, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, DFAAPA. This 20-minute online activity is part of a CME Outfitters and USF Health nationwide educational initiative to combat inappropriate use of opioids in the management of acute and chronic pain. The project, Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: A Call to Action to Save Our Communities, is supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson.

A 2017 survey of physician assistants (PAs), data showed PAs are prescribing opioids and managing patients with pain in their practice; they’ve also expressed a need for education on both prescribing opioids and managing their patients with opioid use disorders – particularly in underserved populations.

In this free CME Snack, Dr. Gold and Ms. Catherine Judd share insights on best ways to approach opioid use while discussing the importance of gathering comprehensive patient histories – including substance use, integration of motivational interviewing, listening to patient stories, and the wellness aspect of treating patients with pain. It is imperative that clinicians set aside time to communicate thoroughly with patients about the medications they are being prescribed to avoid misuse and establish a positive patient-provider relationship.

For more information on this activity, credit available, or to participate for free, click here.

To learn more about CME Outfitters & USF Health’s initiative, Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: A Call to Action to Save Our Communities, click here.

For a complete list of upcoming and available activities from CME Outfitters, visit

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CME Outfitters develops and distributes live, recorded and web-based, outcomes- and evidence-based educational activities to thousands of clinicians each year and offers expert accreditation and outcome services for non-accredited organizations. CME Outfitters focuses on delivering education to specialty audiences, with strong expertise in neuroscience, inflammatory, infectious, and autoimmune diseases, and cardiovascular disease. For a complete list of certified activities and more information, visit or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

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