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SCOPE of Pain: Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education

New! SCOPE of Pain modules

A Patient-Centered Approach to Opioid Tapering | Safer Post-Operative Prescribing of Opioids

What is the SCOPE of Pain?

SCOPE of Pain is a series of continuing medical education/continuing nursing education activities designed to help you safely and effectively manage patients with chronic pain, when appropriate, with opioid analgesics. Our program consists of:

Training Resources

Train your Organization. Offer SCOPE of Pain online to your healthcare system, hospital, or large practice. Get real-time completion data.

Access the Trainer's Toolkit. Ensure safe opioid prescribing among your staff — use our training resources in your grand rounds or pre-clinic conferences.

Additional opioid prescription education

After you have attended one of the SCOPE of Pain live meetings or completed the SCOPE of Pain online program, we suggest that you visit This online program provides in-depth training that focuses on effective communication skills as well as the potential risks and benefits of opioids and when and how to initiate, maintain, modify, continue or discontinue opioid therapy.


New modules available

We've added brand new modules to

Massachusetts Prescribing Laws Implementing Systems for Safe Opioid Prescribing

National Recognition for the SCOPE of Pain Program

2015 AMERSA Best Workshop Award

The SCOPE of Pain Toolkit was presented at 2015 Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) National Meeting and was named the "2015 Best Workshop" by the 2015-2016 AMERSA Board of Directors and the Workshop Review Committee.

2014 National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Award

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli has awarded Boston University School of Medicine's Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program a 2014 National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) award for Outstanding Prevention Effort. Read More!

Published 2016 in the journal Pain Medicine

Educating clinicians on how to safely prescribe opioids can help decrease opioid misuse among chronic pain sufferers.

These findings, which appear in the journal Pain Medicine, confirm that education can empower clinicians to make more informed clinical decisions about initiating, continuing, changing or discontinuing opioids for patients suffering from chronic pain based on a careful benefit versus risk/harm assessment.

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Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 2 MOC points and patient safety MOC credit in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory, SCOPE of Pain has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) and/or an MOC Part II Self-Assessment Activity for the following ABMS Member Boards:

MOC Part II CME Activity

MOC Part II Self-Assessment Activity

Note: If a Member Board has not deemed this activity for MOC approval as an accredited CME activity, this activity may count toward an ABMS Member Board's general CME requirement (only). Please refer directly to your Member Boards' MOC Part II Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment Program Requirements.