Accreditation Information


Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

1.00 hour meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine's for risk management study. This program meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for 1.00 hour of opioid education.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills

Needs Statement

The goal of this CME activity is to share best practices in post-operative opioid prescribing to reduce the number of excess opioids left over following a surgery or acute pain episode of care.  Leftover opioids increase the risk of misuse for patients, family members, friends, and guests.  Right-sizing an opioid prescription is important for recovery from surgery and for reducing the risk of misuse in the community.


At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to

  • Describe the risks associated with leftover opioid medications
  • Adopt strategies to reduce the number of opioid pilss needed for post-operative pain management, including written pain management care plans
  • Encourage patients to appropriately dispose of any unused opioids to reduce their risk of misuse

Target Audience

Surgical specialists, Dentists, Emergency Department providers, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, RNs

Faculty Disclosure

All planners, speakers, authors, and reviewers involved with content development for continuing education activities provided by Boston University are expected to disclose any real or perceived conflict of interest related to the content of the activity. Detailed disclosures will be included in participant materials or given prior to the start of the activity.