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Arizona Opioid Prescriber Education: Understanding the Opioid Prescribing Laws and Regulations is a Course

Arizona Opioid Prescriber Education: Understanding the Opioid Prescribing Laws and Regulations

Started Jul 1, 2020


Full course description




1.5 Hours






Program Description:

The Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association in collaboration (AOMA) with the Arizona State University College of Health Solutions (CHS) has developed online continuing medical education (CME) modules for healthcare professionals to address the opioid epidemic in Arizona and educate prescribers and dispensers of opioids on state laws and regulations.

The program consists of three separate modules and is provided through an interactive learning environment. Each module is accredited for CME and completion of all three modules is applicable for the mandated three hours of continuing medical education as stipulated in Arizona Revised Statutes 32-3248.02.

Learning Objectives for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and AOA Category 1-B Credit:

  1. Integrate into practice Arizona laws and regulations for opioid prescribing
  2. Integrate into practice Arizona laws and regulations for use of the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)
  3. Integrate into practice Arizona laws and regulations for pain management
  4. Integrate into practice opioid-related prevention and treatment activities

Learning Objectives ACPE continuing pharmacy education credit

  1. Describe Arizona laws and regulations for opioid prescribing
  2. Recognize Arizona laws and regulations for safe prescribing and dispensing practices
  3. Review new requirements in using the Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)
  4. Review opioid-related prevention and treatment resources
  5. Describe Arizona laws and regulations for pain management clinics

What you'll do:

Upon completion of each module, participants must complete the end-of-module assessment with 80% accuracy or greater. A digital continuing education certificate will be issued to the participant after successful completion

Who this course is for:

The program is intended for healthcare professionals who prescribe and/or dispense opioids and/or controlled substances.

What you'll receive:

A digital continuing education certificate will be issued to the participant after successful completion.

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Meet the instructors:

Elias Villarreal Jr., ADE, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Program Director, Department Chair, and Associate Professor Northern Arizona University

Elias Villarreal, Jr. currently serves as the Program Director, Department Chair, and Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University. He additionally serves as a Fellow for the Arizona Society of Physician Assistants; as the President for Rio Grande Valley Pride Rides, Inc.; a Member of the International Alliance of Teacher Scholars; Member, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Physician Assistants of America; Organizer, Rio Grande Valley Physician Assistant Society, Member, Physician Assistant Education Association, Fellow, American Academy of Physician Assistants, Member, Physician Assistants of Latino Heritage; as well as a Fellow, Texas Academy of Physician Assistants.

Kari Williams, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC

Instructor of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic Hospital

Kari Williams is an instructor of medicine and Nurse Practitioner at Mayo Clinic hospital in Arizona. Prior to obtaining her Nurse Practitioner degree, Kari worked as an ICU/Telemetry RN for four years. After completion of her Masters of Science and NP certification, she worked with a pulmonary medicine practice for a year and a half. This sparked her interest in pulmonary medicine. Kari subsequently took a position in Hospital Internal Medicine in January 2007 at Mayo Clinic Hospital. Since her career at Mayo, she has successfully implemented a nurse practitioner internship program for NP students- the first ever in the Division of Hospital Internal Medicine. As a licensed Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in the state of Arizona, Kari continues to assist in educating the future acute care NPs of tomorrow. Moreover, she has spent countless hours educating physician assistant students as part of the Hospital Internal Medicine PA fellowship faculty. Aside from education, Kari prides herself on the thorough, compassionate care that she provides to all patients- especially in the setting of the medical complexity she encounters daily with our patient population.

Kelly Fine, RPh, FAZPA

Chief Executive Officer Arizona Pharmacy Association

Kelly Fine is the Chief Executive Officer of Arizona Pharmacy Association and joined the Association in 2011. A graduate of the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy, she came to Arizona in 2001. Prior to her position with AzPA, Kelly was a Clinical Pharmacy Manager and Residency Program Director for a major grocery chain where she was responsible for patient care programs including immunizations, medication therapy management, community health fairs, summer internships, and in-store screening services. Kelly served as the 2010-2011 President of AzPA and has served on the Board of Directors in various capacities since 2006. In 2013 she was named an AzPA Fellow. Kelly is also a preceptor and adjunct faculty at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy Glendale and the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy.

David Sklar, MD

Senior Advisor, Office of University Provost, Arizona State University

Dr. David Sklar is a Professor in the College of Health Solutions and Advisor to the Provost at Arizona State University and Editor in Chief of Academic Medicine. He is also Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean Emeritus at University of New Mexico where he was a Chair of Emergency Medicine, Associate Dean and DIO for Graduate Medical Education and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. Dr. Sklar received his medical degree at Stanford University and did an internal medicine residency at the University of New Mexico and an emergency medicine Fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco. He was on the faculty of the school of medicine at the University of New Mexico for 37 years teaching, providing patient care and doing research.

Anthony Michael Will, D.O.

Clinical Associate Professor, Department Chairman of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Will is a graduate of Midwestern University - Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed the 1st Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Fellowship. Dr. Will completed his Family Medicine residency through the Midwestern University Graduate Medical Education Consortium and is dual board certified in both Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/OMM & Family Medicine. Dr. Will has served as the Department Chairman of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University since 2010 and he is the Vice Chair of the Education Council on Osteopathic Principles and Practice for the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.


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