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Welcome to the IDEAL® Virtual Learning Center:
Challenges in Managing Pain While Mitigating Risk

CME credit for this program has expired. It is available for educational purposes only.

The IDEAL® Virtual Learning Center is a certified CME expert-guided interactive learning experience that provides a scientific presentation consisting of relevant evidence-based disease management information coupled with virtual teaching rounds.

During the Virtual Gallery, you will be asked to answer questions regarding the scientific presentations. This curriculum is designed to provide physicians and nurse professionals an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in providing effective management to patients presenting with chronic pain.

There are 2 corresponding activities in this CME curriculum. To participate, you must register at this site. Registration and participation are both available at no charge. Once you are registered, log in using the link titled Login or Register on the right to enter and select the Curriculum page to begin the program.

Accreditation Statement

This activity is jointly sponsored by the University of Cincinnati and Educational Awareness Solutions. This activity is co-provided by Global Education Group and Educational Awareness Solutions.

Commercial Support Statement

This certified CME/CE activity was supported by educational grants provided by Purdue Pharma L.P., Endo Pharmaceuticals, and Cephalon, Inc.

Target Audience

The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of a multidisciplinary group of physicians and nurse professionals involved in the treatment of patients with chronic pain.

Program Overview

The IDEAL® Virtual Learning Center titled Challenges in Managing Pain While Mitigating Risk provides physicians and nurse professionals an opportunity to enhance their competence and performance in providing effective pain relief for patients while mitigating risk.

Virtual Education Gallery

The IDEAL® Virtual Education Gallery consists of a series of stylized scientific panels synchronized with audio commentary that addresses material to support the educational objectives of this CME activity. During the Virtual Education Gallery, participants will answer questions regarding the scientific presentation. The questions are designed to assess current practice skills. The Virtual Education Gallery will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

Virtual Teaching Rounds

The Virtual Teaching Rounds section features video of a simulated patient encounter. The Virtual Teaching Rounds begin with the participant being introduced to the patient and presented with relevant clinical information. The participant will review the patient's history and view highlights of the patient's exam, discussion of potential therapeutic options, patient compliance, and possible risk mitigation strategies. Throughout the video, the participant will be presented with various decision points through multiple choice answers and must make diagnostic and therapeutic decisions by selecting the options(s) he or she feels is "Recommended." Expert feedback is provided for each option, including the "Optional" and "Not Recommended" options. Following each Decision Point, the case presentation continues. During and after the patient encounter, the expert(s) provide a commentary that encapsulates the management methods used and provides the expert's treatment rationale.

At the conclusion of the Virtual Teaching Rounds, the learner will complete an activity evaluation and receive credit. The Virtual Teaching Rounds take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. You must complete the Virtual Gallery and Case Simulation in order to be eligible to receive CME credit for this program.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Differentiate between/among tolerance, physical dependence, addiction, and pseudoaddiction in various patient types
  • Formulate strategies to integrate validated tools that assess risk of drug misuse, abuse, and diversion
  • Distinguish motive from behavior when assessing patients demonstrating maladaptive or aberrant behavior
  • Employ procedures to maintain effective pain management while minimizing the risk of prescription opioid abuse
  • Identify appropriate federal and/or state prescribing regulations as they pertain to their own practice

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Cincinnati and Educational Awareness Solutions. The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation
The University of Cincinnati designates this on-demand educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is valid from the date of posting on July 15, 2011 and expires on July 15, 2012.

Nursing Continuing Medical Education

This educational activity for 1 contact hour is provided by Global Education Group.

Global Education Group is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact Global Education Group at 303-395-1782 or