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Continuing Medical Education

Continuing Medical Education

War on Pain Updated

Pain Management and the Appropriate Care & Treatment of the Terminally Ill

This is an online recorded CME enduring material activity


The University of California, Davis Health System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

California Assembly Bill 487

California Assembly Bill 487 - California state law requires California physicians to obtain a minimum one-time requirement of 12 hours of Category 1 continuing medical education credit in pain management. The following pain management and end-of-life courses meet the mandated one-time 12 hour requirement. The Medical Board will accept courses or programs from an approved provider that address one or both topics. The 12 hours may be divided in any way that is relevant to the physician's specialty and practice setting. Acceptable courses may address either topic individually or both topics together. It is not necessary to send and/or fax your completed pain management and end-of-life certificates unless you are being audited.

California Assembly Bill 487 and the Medical Board of California, Business and Professions Code Section 2190.5
(a) All physicians and surgeons shall complete a mandatory continuing education course in the subjects of pain management and the treatment of terminally ill and dying patients. For the purposes of this section, this course shall be a one-time requirement of 12 credit hours within the required minimum established by regulation, to be completed by December 31, 2006. All physicians and surgeons licensed on and after January 1, 2002, shall complete this requirement within four years of their initial license or by their second renewal date, whichever occurs first. The board may verify completion of this requirement on the renewal application form.
(b) By regulatory action, the board may exempt physicians and surgeons by practice status category from the requirement in subdivision (a) if the physician and surgeon does not engage in direct patient care, does not provide patient consultations, or does not reside in the State of California. (c) This section shall not apply to physicians and surgeons practicing in pathology or radiology specialty areas

To meet the requirement for AB 487 California state law that required California physicians to obtain a minimum of 12 hours of Category 1 continuing medical education credit in pain management and end-of-life. The "War on Pain" course was created to meet this requirement. It will expire July 1, 2013.

CME Credit

Physician Credit:
The University of California, Davis Health System designates these enduring material modules for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians must complete each module to qualify for the 12 hours of credit; there is no "partial credit" allowed. A maximum total of 12 hours credit available for "War on Pain Update" series.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™  acceptable for multidisciplinary team members
 Nurse:  For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.  For the purpose of relicensure, the California Board of Registered Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (report hours of credit and fill in “CME Category 1” for the provider number).
 Physician Assistant: The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states that AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are acceptable for continuing medical education requirements for recertification.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

As a provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the University of California, Davis Health System Office of Continuing Medical Education must ensure balance, independence and objectivity in all CME activities to promote improvements in health care and not proprietary interests of a commercial interest. The provider controls all decisions related to identification of CME needs, determination of educational objectives, selection and presentation of content, selection of all persons and organizations that will be in a position to control the content, selection of educational methods and evaluation of the activity. Course directors, planning committee members, presenters, authors, moderators, panel members and others in a position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose relevant financial relationships with commercial interests related to the subject matter of this educational activity. Learners are able to assess the potential for commercial bias in information when complete disclosure, resolution of conflicts of interest, and acknowledgment of commercial support are provided prior to the activity. Informed learners are the final safeguards in assuring that a CME activity is independent from commercial support. We believe this mechanism contributes to the transparency and accountability of CME.

The following have indicated financial interest or affiliation:

 Speaker name  Nature of Relationship - Commercial Interest
Jeffrey A. Applebaum, MD, FAAFP Speakers’ Bureau: Forest Laboratories and Astra Zeneca              
Paul G. Kreis, MD Speakers’ Bureau - Pfizer/King Pharm/Advanced Bionics

They will support their lecture and clinical recommendations with the “best available evidence” from the medical literature.

The following have indicated no financial interest/affiliation that may affect presentations

Scott M. Fishman, M.D.  John F. MacMillan Jr., M.D
Kenneth T. Furukawa, M.D. Ben A. Rich, JD, PhD
Gagan Mahajan, M.D.  Ingela C. Symreng, PsyD 

Information can be obtained by calling
Gwenn Welsch at (916) 734-5773 or CME at (916) 734-5390
Fax number (916) 734-0776
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