Best Practices for Opioid Minimization for Head and Neck Surgeon

Best Practices for Opioid Minimization for Head and Neck Surgeon

(Course dates March 2021 to March 2024) 

Presented by Gregory W. Randolph MD, FEBS (Endocrine), FACS, FACE; Tiffany V. Wang, MD; Jenny X. Chen, MD

This course will highlight:

  • The upcoming AHNS Endocrine Section Postoperative Opioid Consensus Statement 
  • Patient screening and pain management planning
  • And best practices for reducing postoperative opioid needs following otolaryngology surgical procedures

Target Audience

  • Practicing Surgeons
  • Physicians, Nurses or medical professionals 

Learning Objectives

  • State the evidence supporting minimizing postoperative opioid usage after head and neck endocrine surgery 
  • Describe methods that the head and neck endocrine surgeon can use to safely and effectively adjust post-operative opioid prescribing practices 
  • Utilize the AHNS Pain 8 Step Checklist to guide the conversation of preoperative pain expectations



Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as “ineligible companies”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.

Ineligible company

The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

Financial Relationships

Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.  ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of an ineligible company with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation. 

Faculty Disclosures

Tiffany V. Wang, MD - Nothing to Disclose
Resident, PGY4
Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Otolaryngology Program

Jenny X. Chen, MD  - Nothing to Disclose
Chief resident, PGY5
Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Otolaryngology Program

Gregory W. Randolph MD, FEBS (Endocrine), FACS, FACE  - Nothing to Disclose
Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery,
Claire and John Bertucci Endowed Chair in Thyroid Surgical Oncology, Harvard Medical School
Director Thyroid/Parathyroid Endocrine Surgical Division, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Member Endocrine Surgical Service, Massachusetts General Hospital
President American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 2016-17
American Head and Neck Society, Endocrine Section Chair


Planning Committee Disclosures

Tiffany V. Wang, MD - Nothing to Disclose

Jenny X. Chen, MD - Nothing to Disclose

Gregory W. Randolph MD, FEBS (Endocrine), FACS, FACE  - Nothing to Disclose

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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CME Credit Claiming Information

ALL ATTENDEES MUST COMPLETE THE COURSE EVALUATION in order to claim a CME Certificate or a Certificate of Completion. The course evaluation will appear once you take and complete this course. The following requirements will need to be completed:

  • Review all course materials and videos
  • Completion of post-test (75% passing rate)
  • Course evaluation

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
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Course Fee

You may enroll in the online learning course free of charge. You will be asked to register first to complete the registration process.