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Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Membership Benefits
Online Course

Optimizing Perioperative Pain Management

An Evidence-Based Approach

Optimizing Perioperative Pain Management

Nuances of patient characteristics demand a sophisticated approach to pain management.

Master the complexities of perioperative pain management with the real-life strategies highlighted in this new online program. Challenging patient scenarios across preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative periods are used to demonstrate the array of pain management approaches essential for effective surgical care. The Optimizing Perioperative Pain Management course includes eight interactive, case-based modules:

  1. Understanding Pain Mechanisms
  2. Risks of Perioperative Opioids
  3. Expectation Setting
  4. Multimodal Pain Therapy
  5. Outpatient Postoperative Opioid Prescribing
  6. Pre-Existing Opioid Use
  7. Substance Misuse History
  8. Pain Management at the End of Life: Final Hours to Days

Under the leadership of John A. Weigelt, MD, FACS, a group of prominent surgeon and nonsurgeon experts in pain management collaborated to create this invaluable, concise resource.

Perioperative pain management remains the domain of surgeons. Expert use of available resources and a multidisciplinary approach will help take your surgical care to the next level.

Learning Objectives

After completing Optimizing Pain Management: An Evidence-Based Approach, learners will be able to:

  • Outline the array of pain management approaches essential for effective surgical care, including multimodal therapies and pain management with and without the use of opioids.
  • Describe differences in appropriate pain management approaches for straightforward and complex patient profiles across preoperative, intraoperative, postoperative, and end-of-life periods.
  • Discuss the implications of opioid use in perioperative patients and the strategies to manage patients with profiles ranging from opioid naïve, to opioid use for chronic pain or opioid dependency.


Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 8 credits meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 8 hours meets the requirements for Pain Management.*

*The content of this activity may meet certain mandates of regulatory bodies. Please note that ACS has not and does not verify the content for such mandates with any regulatory body. Individual physicians are responsible for verifying the content satisfies such requirements. 


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Requirements to Earn CME

Each case-based module includes three to six multiple-choice questions. To earn continuing medical education credit, 75 percent of the questions must be answered correctly within three attempts.

State Mandates

Many of the state licensing boards have established specific content requirements for CME Credit for Management/Opioid Prescribing. Find out more about your state requirements.

Please note: individuals must check with their state or local medical board, hospital, or organization to verify that the content does meet the specific requirements.


Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Accreditation

Through an agreement between the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, MOC Program participants may record completed self-assessment programs or simulation activities developed and accredited by the American College of Surgeons in Section 3 of the Royal College's MOC Program.


Registration and Pricing

Fellows: $125
Resident Members: $60
Resident Nonmembers*: $85
Affiliates DO/MD: $125
Other: $175

*Resident Nonmembers in a surgical residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education cannot order online. A letter of verification from the program director or administrator must be submitted, and the order must be placed by phone or mail.


For questions about the course, please email optimizingpainmanagement@facs.org 

Program Faculty

Chair – John A. Weigelt, MD, FACS

Dr. Weigelt is currently a professor of surgery at the University of South Dakota and Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls. While he has retired from clinical practice, he participates in resident and student education in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, SD. He also serves as the medical director for SESAP and is Chair of the Steering Committee for the Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course and the General Surgery Resident Review Course.

Bridget N. Fahy, MD, FACS

Dr. Fahy is a professor of surgery in the division of surgical oncology and professor of medicine in the division of palliative medicine at the University of New Mexico. She has been a member of the ACS Committee on Surgical Palliative Care since 2013 and currently serves as Vice-Chair of this committee.

David J. Herrmann, PharmD, BCCCP

Dr. Herrmann is a board-certified critical care pharmacist who over the past 26 years has led clinical pharmacy practice in the surgical intensive care unit within Milwaukee's level one trauma center at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin. His primary areas of academic and research interest include post-traumatic and postoperative pain management, critical care pharmacotherapy, drug treatment of medical emergencies, and medication use in continuous renal replacement therapy. Dr. Herrmann serves as lead clinical instructor for all pharmacy students and pharmacy residents in the surgical intensive care unit and has been providing formal and informal pain management education to physician residents, advanced practice practitioners, nurses, and other pharmacists for more than 20 years.

Paul E. Hilliard, MS, MD

Dr. Hilliard is the associate professor of anesthesiology and pain management at the University of Michigan Medical School. He serves as the medical director of Institutional Opioid and Pain Management Strategy and as the Hospital Pain Committee Chair. His academic interests include developing effective opioid tapering programs prior to surgery and management of patients on medication-assisted treatment in the perioperative area. He has been involved with implementation of State of Michigan opioid legislation and policy for large health systems. He practices both acute and chronic pain management.

David A. Kooby, MD, FACS

Dr. Kooby is surgical oncologist and professor of surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine. He serves as chief of surgery at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital and as chief of Emory Surgery, Northern Arc. His practice focuses on surgical therapy of neoplasms of the foregut, and his research focus pertains to minimally invasive surgical approaches in this field.

Carolyn Lefkowits, MD, MPH, MS

Dr. Lefkowits completed her undergraduate work in life sciences and physical and health education at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, then spent a year as a Jesuit volunteer before completing medical school and a Master's of Public Health at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. She went on to residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California San Francisco and then became the first gynecologic oncologist nationally to be fellowship trained in both palliative care and gynecologic oncology by completing dual fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Since 2015, she has been on faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine with a joint appointment in gynecologic oncology and palliative medicine. Her research and education work focus on the intersection between palliative care and gynecologic oncology.

Lena M. Napolitano, MD, FACS, FCCP, MCCM

Dr. Napolitano is the Massey Foundation Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, founding division chief of acute care surgery (trauma, burns, critical care, and emergency surgery) in 2005, and director of surgical critical care for the department of surgery. She is a senior director of the American Board of Surgery, a member of the ACS Board of Regents, and master of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Napolitano holds leadership positions in numerous professional organizations in surgery, trauma, and surgical critical care.

Richard W. Rosenquist, MD

Dr. Rosenquist is an anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician and serves as the chairman of the department of pain management at Cleveland Clinic. He is a past-president of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA), a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committees on Economics and Pain Medicine, and a member of the American Board of Anesthesiology Pain Medicine Examination Committee. He has received Distinguished Service Awards from ASRA and the American Pain Society and was recognized for lifetime achievement with the Bonica Award from ASRA.

Travis P. Webb, MD, MHPE, FACS

Dr. Webb is an acute care surgeon and associate dean for curriculum at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He received his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, completed his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, his surgical critical care fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin, and joined the Medical College of Wisconsin as faculty in August 2005. He is board-certified in surgery and surgical critical care. Dr. Webb also received a masters of health professions education from the University of Illinois in Chicago in 2012. Dr. Webb’s research interests include technical skills assessment, curriculum development and evaluation, injury research, and acute care surgery in the geriatric population.

Consultant – Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FSACME

Dr. Sachdeva is the founding Director of the ACS Division of Education, and is adjunct professor of surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He is a past president of the Society for Academic CME, Association for Surgical Education, American Association for Cancer Education, Alliance for Clinical Education, and Council of Medical Specialty Societies. Dr. Sachdeva has served on the boards of the ACCME and ACGME. His leadership efforts to enhance quality of surgical care through education have spanned three decades.