Clinical Training

PAEA Partners with NEJM Knowledge+ on Pain Management & Opioids Training

By Dave Keahey, MSPH, PA-CApril 15, 2020

This new partnership includes a valuable PA research opportunity.

PAEA is pleased to announce that we are partnering with NEJM Knowledge+ to provide up to 10 no-cost AMA PRA Category Credits™ and AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment CME credits on Pain Management and Opioids to our faculty and clinical preceptors.

This course is an effective means to review up-to-date, evidence-based, clinical information about the use of opioid analgesics that is in accordance with CDC prescribing guidelines. As a bonus, programs interested in strengthening their existing pain curriculums can assign the course to students. An additional unique attribute of this partnership is the opportunity for a PA education researcher to work with NEJM Knowledge+ researchers to investigate the effect of the CME course on clinical practice — with a modest funding stipend available from NEJM Knowledge+.

The NEJM Knowledge+ Pain Management and Opioids module consists of 62 in-depth, case-based questions developed by practicing clinicians with expertise in pain management and addiction. Each case includes detailed feedback, and many include high-yield learning resources such as podcasts, videos, and infographics. The material covers:

  • The latest practices for assessing and managing acute and chronic pain
  • Current guidelines on the appropriate use of opioids for pain management
  • Evidence-based strategies for recognizing and treating opioid use disorder

NEJM Group Education Editor Ole-Petter Riksfjord Hamnvik, MB BCh BAO, MMSc, notes that: “Unlike traditional training modules, the NEJM Knowledge+ Pain Management and Opioids CME course measures the participant’s accuracy in responding to questions and their level of confidence in their answers to inform the custom “adaptive learning” algorithm. The algorithm then tailors the content of the module to better suit the learner’s individualized needs, thus improving their overall mastery of the material.”

Clinical coordinators can share this document with preceptors so they can access the course.

Call for a PA Education Researcher with Survey Experience

PAEA’s participation in expanding the reach of the NEJM Knowledge+ Pain Management and Opioids CME course includes the opportunity for a PA education researcher with survey and analysis experience to partner on an outcomes project. The goal will be to see not only the number of PA faculty, students, and preceptors who have taken the course, but also to follow up with post-curriculum surveys to assess the effect on participants’ clinical practice.

Applicants must be a PA program faculty member with survey construction, data collection, and analysis experience along with a successful publishing track record. Interested candidates are invited to submit their CV and two copies of a Letter of Interest (LOI) — one original and one de-identified copy without letterhead — to cmajewski@PAEAonline.org. The LOI should address the applicant’s:

  • Reasons for applying and salient practice and teaching history
  • Evidence of scholarly work in the areas of surveys and education outcomes research
  • Ability to carry out outcomes research related to PA faculty, preceptor, and student impacts of the NEJM Knowledge+ Pain Management and Opioids course

Deidentified LOIs will undergo blinded review, after which applicants’ CVs will be reviewed. CVs and LOIs are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 29. Questions should be addressed to PAEA’s Chief Policy and Research Officer Dave Keahey at dkeahey@PAEAonline.org.

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 10.00 AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment CME credits. Approval is valid for one year from 3/31/2020. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

For NCCPA certification maintenance ONLY, NCCPA will now apply an additional 50 percent weighting when these self-assessment credits are logged for NCCPA certification maintenance purposes. PAs should log up to a maximum of 10.00 AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment CME credits, as the additional weighting will be automatically applied by NCCPA.

Dave Keahey, MSPH, PA-C

Dave spent 30 years precepting students and serving on the faculty of the University of Utah PA Program. After finishing up a year-long stint in Washington, DC, as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation fellow, he joined the PAEA staff as chief policy & research officer.