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First Do No Harm: Optimizing Pain Relief with Opioids while Minimizing Risks

Program available online until: October 31, 2021

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Royal College CPD Unit. You may claim a maximum of 1 hour (credits are automatically calculated).

Learn the key responsibilities of treating patients with opioids

Prescribers of opioids are often in the position of determining if the benefits of an opioid exceed the risk of prescribing. Developed in collaboration with Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, this program was designed to provide physicians with common patient scenarios, provide expert commentary on the specific issues and allow physicians to share how they would manage these patient cases.

This program was co-developed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and mdBriefCase Group, and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity, and balance.

Earn Section 3 Credits

This CPD program is accredited for three (3) Section 3 MOC credits.

Free for Royal College Fellows

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Planning Committee

  • Craig Campbell, MD, FRCPC
  • Suneel Upadhye, MD, MSc, FRCPC, DipCAPM
  • Peter Selby, MBBS, CCFP, FCFP, dip ABAM
  • Susan Brien, MD, MEd, CSPQ, FRCSC, CPE
  • Deborah Cumming, MSW

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Appraise the benefits and risks of opioid therapy for non-cancer pain
  • Discuss the responsibilities of physicians prescribing opioids
  • Initiate opioids based on current chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) guidelines
  • Construct treatment pathways for patients experiencing harms from opioids

What makes this program a valuable learning experience?

Hear from Dr. Craig Campbell, MD, FRCPC

For Royal College Fellows and MOC MAINPORT ePortfolio users, the self-assessment programs can also be found on the "eLearning" tab on Mainport.

Royal College Fellows receive exclusive membership benefits, including support for lifelong learning with access to new, expanding resources to make learning easier and help advance careers. Learn more about the value of Fellowship.

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