Towards a Non-Opioid Pain Control Pathway - Best Practices for the Head, Neck and Thyroid Patient

Towards a Non-Opioid Pain Control Pathway and Best Practices for the Head, Neck, and Thyroid Patient

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
  • 1.00 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

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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.

Speaker and Moderator 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

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 1.0 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 1.0 credits meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.

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Available Credit

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