Course Overview

Understanding Pain is About Understanding Connections: Scientific Updates

The session reviews updated research in the field of integrative pain management.
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2022 Annual Conference

October 28-30, 2022

Required Lessons

1 lesson with video, quiz, and evaluation

Time to Complete

52 minutes

CME Eligible*

.75 credit(s)

Detailed Course Info

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 Course Description

What is this course about?

To understand the necessity for comprehensive pain care this talk will review abundant clinical, translational and basic science research that chronicles the failed promises of opioids for chronic pain. This talk will present a review of new scientific literature that expands our understanding of chronic pain mechanisms and the comprehensive strategies needed for treatment.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 
The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All other healthcare professionals completing this activity will be issued a certificate of participation. 
To successfully earn credit, participants must review the content, complete a quiz with a score of 75% or higher, and submit an evaluation. This course is CME-eligible ending on October 31, 2024. After this date, you will continue to have access to your purchased content, however you will no longer be able to claim CME credits for your participation in the course.

California Assembly Bill 1195 and 241

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 and 241, which require CME activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency & implicit bias. It is the intent of AB 1195 and AB 241 to encourage physicians and surgeons, CME providers in the State of California, and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to meet the cultural and linguistic concerns of a diverse patient population and reduce health disparities through appropriate professional development. Please see the CME website,, for AB 1195 and AB 241 resources.
For questions about CME credit, please contact us at The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and/or the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.
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 Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, learners will be able to...

  • Identify 2 function soft connective tissue and fascia.
  • List 2 reasons why opioids should not be the mainstay for the treatment of acute and chronic non-cancer pain.
  • Identify the most prevalent cause of pain in the world and discuss why this situation persists.

What's included in this course?

This course includes the following:
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  • Video Recording
  • Downloadable Audio
  • Speaker Handout(s)
  • Quiz
  • Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Outline

Meet Your Faculty

Heather Tick, MD

Heather Tick, MD has been an active member of the pain field for nearly thirty years. She co-founded and directed one of the first inter-disciplinary pain centers, in Toronto from 1991 to 2008. Here she worked with physicians from different specialties, working alongside naturopaths, psychologists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and other integrative practitioners. She was subsequently recruited by the University of Arizona Health Plan to design and implement an integrative medicine pain clinic for Medicaid patients. This program successfully redirected patients from surgical, interventional and pharmacologic pain treatments to integrative nonpharmacologic strategies. The program was expanded to include the other insurance packages offered by the University of Arizona. In 2012 the University of Washington, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine recruited her. She is the first Gunn-Loke Endowed Professor of Integrative Pain Medicine at UW.


No financial relationships with any ineligible companies to disclose.

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity. All required course activities must be completed to earn any eligible continuing education credit(s) and obtain a certificate of completion for this course.