Improving Surgical Patient Outcomes and Minimizing Risks with Opioid-Sparing Pain Control

Modules within this online curriculum aim to prepare the surgeon and surgical team in screening opioid-naïve and high-risk patients for opioid misuse; utilizing pre-, intra-, and postoperative alternatives to opioids; and practicing and implementing best discharge practices, patient education, and system quality improvements and changes.

A skills component is forthcoming and complements the seven online modules for the didactic portion. Individuals, practice groups, or hospital systems are able to obtain credentialing upon successful completion of both components in their entirety.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Introduction to the Opioid Crisis and the Surgical Team’s Role
  • Module 2: An Overview of General and Local Anesthetics
  • Module 3: Best Practices for Regional Anesthesia
  • Module 4: Case Study - Trauma Protocols and Patient Transitions 
  • Module 5: Case Study - The Hernia Patient: Pre-, Intra-, and Postoperative Medications and Techniques to Minimize Opioid Use
  • Module 6: Case Study - The Breast Cancer Patient: Pre-, Intra-, and Postoperative Medications and Techniques to Minimize Opioid Use
  • Module 7: Transversus Abdominis Plane (TAP) Block

All modules must be completed in addition to the pre- and posttests and evaluation in order to receive CME credit.

Target Audience

This course can be taken by any member of the health care team or patient safety experts to support the didactic portion leading to the eventual credentialed training program on improving surgical patient outcomes and minimizing risks with opioid sparing pain control. Prime participants include:

  • Surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Physician assistants
  • Home care providers
  • Nurse aids
  • Patient safety experts


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.75 Certificate of Completion
  • 2.75 Self Assessment Credit
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 relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest (see below for definitions).

Commercial Interest

The ACCME defines a “commercial interest” 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 a commercial interest 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 and Disclosures

John Daly, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSG(Hon) - Nothing to disclose
Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple Health
Philadelphia, PA

Bridget Fahy, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Jessica Lynn Gross, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Winston-Salem, NC

Kathleen Heneghan, PhD, MSN, RN - Nothing to disclose
American College of Surgeons
Chicago, IL

Phillip Lirk, MD - Nothing to disclose
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Mark Lockett, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose 
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Katherine Meister, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Cincinnati, OH

Michael Reinhorn, MD, MBA, FACS - Nothing to disclose
Boston Hernai and Pilonidal Center
Wellesley, MA

Jonah Stulberg, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS - PI, Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Speaker, Intuitive Surgical
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago, IL 

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 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 2.75 credit meets the requirements for Self-Assessment.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 2.75 credits meets the requirements for Patient Safety.*

*The content of this activity may meet certain mandates of regulatory bodies. Please note that ACS has not and does not verify the content for such mandates with any regulatory body. Individual physicians are responsible for verifying the content satisfies such requirements.

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Available Credit

  • 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.75 Certificate of Completion
  • 2.75 Self Assessment Credit
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