Integrative Pain Management Series I: Foundations

Pain is a multifaceted issue involving nutritional, psychosocial, biochemical, neurological and physical components. The conventional medical model typically addresses pain in a unidimensional mode — with medications. With the growing awareness of the opioid epidemic, clinicians and patients are seeking to decrease pharmaceutical use and are turning to alternative therapies. The Foundations course offers a review of the physiology of pain, factors affecting the transition from acute to chronic, current pharmaceutical strategies, and opioid deprescribing.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss strategies for de-prescribing opiate medications.
  • Recognize the current state of affairs for the management for chronic pain in the United States.
  • Discuss the role of Integrative Medicine in the management of pain.
  • Review the pathophysiology of acute pain and chronic pain.
  • Identify the risk factors that contribute to acute pain converting into chronic pain and discuss strategies for modification of these risk factors.
  • Review the current risks and benefits of pharmaceuticals for the management of pain.


  • Introduction to Pain Management
  • Current Pharmacological Management
  • Post Surgical Pain
  • Central Sensitization / Autonomic Pain Syndromes
  • Topicals in Pain Management
  • Deprescribing Opioids

Completion Requirements

  • Complete all the course work, course evaluation, and the final test with a score of 70% or better. Upon successful completion you will be able to print your certificate of completion.

Target Audience

  • This online enduring material educational program is designed for physicians, advanced nurse practitioners, and physician assistants and other health care providers who have an interest in chronic pain treatment.


  • You can register and start immediately. If you register for the course and pay with a credit card you will have immediate access to the course. Once your registration is complete, logout and log back in and your course will be listed on the campus page. If you cannot remember your account information, click the Forgot Password link on the login page and it will be emailed to you.

Integrative Pain Management
Disclosure & Education Credit Info


ACCME/AMA PRA Accreditation and CME Designation Statement

The University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course includes an assessment of 6 questions that you must answer 70% correctly or above in order to receive credit for participation. You are allowed unlimited re-attempts.

Current CME Approval Period: 2/28/2022 to 2/27/2024

Most Recent Review by Author: 2/20/2022

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Information

Dr. Robert Bonakdar has disclosed that he is a consultant for Standard Process. His presentation was reviewed to ensure that the content is fair, balanced, and non-promotional.

All other Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

Commercial Support

There is no commercial support for this activity.

Faculty / Authors

Robert Bonakdar, MD, Director of Pain Management at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and is the immediate past president of the American Academy of Pain Management.

Diana Bottari, DO

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD, Co-Director of the Fellowship, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson.

Mari Ricker, MD