Program Description: 

The CE activity will help physicians overcome the traditional expectations held by patients that a drug is the automatic response to any symptom or disease. The education is designed to help learners overcome the blinders associated with biopharmacologic model to expand their horizons to understand new possibly more effective strategies for the management of chronic pain. The CE activity will help learners overcome the reluctance to involve PT and Psychology as a team in the management of their patients.

The current frustration and associated heart sink response doctors have with pain management will be motivation to apply new learned skill sets. Practitioners will be able to take advantage of the ‘bio’ skill set that they have already developed to compliment the new skill sets introduced in this education. Chronic pain education ranges from zero to six hours in most medical schools and is biased towards a biopharmacologic approach. The opioid crisis is an unintended consequence of this rote reliance on drugs. The biopharmacologic model targets the pain signal with drugs but does not address the deeper factors that sustain the chronic pain syndrome.

Target audience: 
  • Primary Care Practitioners
  • Physical Therapists
  • Patients with chronic pain
Learning objectives: 
  • Explain how you would approach the patient differently using biobehavioral vs biopharmacologic model, as explained by the 4PCP modules.
  • Utalize their own Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) until they see a satisfactory decrement in opioid prescribing.
  • Identify, explore, and recount the patients status in the following domains as explained by the 4PCP Modules:

Pain beliefs

Faculty & credentials: 

Faculty & credentials: 

In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Standard 3, all in control of content must disclose any relevant financial relationships. The following in control of content had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Activity Director:
Thomas Chelimsky, MD
Gisela Chelimsky, MD

Additional Planners: 
Pippa Simpson, PhD (stats)
Jeff Janata, PhD – UH Cleveland
Ted Parran, MD – Case Western

(List those with no financial relationships to disclose)

The following persons in control of content disclosed the following financial relationships which were reviewed via the MCW conflict of interest resolution process and resolved.


Giesla ChelimskyPainstakersCo-owner
Thomas ChelimskyPainstakersCo-owner


Liz Heimerl-Rolland
Phone number: 
+1 (414) 955-4895
Series date: 
06/01/2023 - 12:00am CDT to 12/31/2023 - 11:59pm CST

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

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this enduring material for a maximum of 22.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Designation of Credit Statement

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 22.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Professionals

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 22.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Group description: 


Session Date
23097 Session Template 05/24/2023 - 8:59am CDT