Interprofessional Approach to Chronic Pain Management
Continuing Education at PCOM

December 7, 2019
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
PCOM Georgia
625 Old Peachtree Road, NW, Suwanee, GA 30024

Over the past decade, there are very few topics in the delivery of health care that have attracted more attention than the continuing dilemma of chronic pain management which spans all continents, socioeconomic standings and ethnicity.


Chronic pain affects an estimated 100 million adults in America and this population is greater than those affected by heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined. It permeates into each facet and vocation of healthcare delivery with the greatest burden placed on the shoulders of primary care providers. A new emphasis on patient-centered, holistic and team-based care requires preparation and skill development among providers and especially among learners in the health care system.

Hosted by PCOM Georgia located in Suwanee, Georgia, the “Interprofessional Approach to Chronic Pain Management” conference will explore the complex pathology of pain and the theories from interdisciplinary team practice. This program will demonstrate how to utilize current evidence-based pain assessment protocols, emphasize the importance of patient-centered care and demonstrate how to incorporate interprofessional collaboration strategies in the assessment, treatment and management of chronic pain.

Implementation of these strategies by interprofessional teams in a live clinical simulation scenario will culminate with a panel summary discussion about the management of these complex patients, emphasizing the critical importance of interpersonal communication skills, systems based practice and dedication to life-long learning using accepted evidenced-based standards of treatment.


Registration/breakfast begins at 7 a.m. The program runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A detailed scheduled will be posted at a later date.

Program Cost

Register by Sept. 7, 2019 for the early bird discounted fee of $250.

After Sept. 7, fees are as follows:

  • Physician Standard Fee: $300
  • Physician Assistant Fee: $300
  • Physical Therapist Fee: $300
  • Nurses Fee: $300

Target Audience

This program is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in the management and treatment of chronic pain.

Continuing Education Credit

PCOM Georgia is an AOA-CME Category 1-A sponsor accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Council on Continuing Medical Education (CCME) to present programs that qualify for AOA- Category 1-A credit. This program has been planned and implemented in accordance with accreditation requirements and policies of the AOA and osteopathic physicians can receive up to 8 AOA Category 1-A CME credit hours for their program participation.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the history and theory of the interdisciplinary team practice as it relates to chronic pain management.
  • Explain the importance of team-based care and coordination for the safe and effective treatment of pain.
  • Describe the complex multi-dimensional individual specific nature of pain (pathophysiology) including its emotional aspects and the cultural attitudes and beliefs about pain.
  • Develop a comprehensive patient history and assessment that includes short and long term treatment goals; develop and apply uniform pain assessment protocols in the clinical practice setting using current evidence-based tools for measuring pain.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of on one’s own scope of practice and the scope of practice of other healthcare professional involved in the management of chronic pain and be able to determine when it is appropriate to refer patients in a timely manner for additional care
  • Discuss the roles and expectations of each member of the healthcare team bridging the expectation divide that exists between patients and clinicians, and address the interprofessional partitions that restrict communication and imped patient experiences.
  • Develop an integrated, multimodal, interdisciplinary and evidence-based approach to chronic pain management that is tailored to individual patient needs and discuss strategies for collaboration across the healthcare team
  • Discuss and review strategies for integrating the current knowledge of non-opioid pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to pain management in a clinical setting.
  • Utilize case scenarios discussions to foster increased communication and collaboration skills it relates to treating chronic pain
  • Analyze a healthcare interaction for qualities of patient centered care.
  • As a multimodal team, use clinical data and decision making to integrate and apply current knowledge and practice of effective pain management in a realistic clinical practice setting while communicating effectively with each other and with a standardized patient.