Chronic Pain and Opioids

This ECHO meets on Tuesdays, noon-1 p.m.


This 16 session ECHO series is designed to help clinicians and their teams provide enhanced pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment for chronic pain in a primary care setting. Topics will include:

  • The biopsychosocial approach to managing pain
  • Understanding and assessing different types of pain
  • Appropriate and ethical treatment plans for patients with opioid use disorder
  • Evidence-based behavioral interventions for chronic pain
  • Managing opioid tapers
  • Identifying patients who may benefit from buprenorphine products
  • Distinguishing between opioid dependence and opioid use disorder

We will select up to 25 Oregon clinicians (MD, DO, ND, PA, and NP) to participate based on their interest in the program, geographic distribution, and ability to commit to attend the sessions.

Clinicians are encouraged to invite one other staff member such as behavioral health specialists, nurses, medical assistants, or practice managers to participate in the sessions with them. 

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Credit: OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Credit: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Continuing Certification Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory, Chronic Pain and Opioids has met the requirements as a MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards: Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine.

This program is registered for MOC through the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)


Session/Title Date
0 - Zoom Open House - Attendance Optional 1/7/2020
1 - Neurobiology of pain and biopsychosocial model 1/14/2020
2 - Quick assessment of patient’s pain 1/21/2020
3 - Screening for opioid failure 1/28/2020
4 - Complex persistent dependency, withdrawal, and use disorder 2/4/2020
5 - Diagnose and treat OUD in patients on chronic opioids 2/11/2020
6 - Active modalities for treating pain 2/18/2020
7 - Mood disorders and pain 2/25/2020
8 - Mood disorders and pain, Part II 3/3/2020
9 - Humane tapering & “current affairs” update 3/10/2020
10 - Difficult conversations 3/17/2020
11 - Buprenorphine for pain and OUD 3/31/2020
12 - Non-opioid pharmacology for pain 4/7/2020
13 - Fibromyalgia 4/14/2020
14 - Cannabis for chronic pain 4/21/2020
15 - Difficult conversations, part 2 4/28/2020
16 - Expanded session on sleep/nutrition for pain 5/5/2020
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