Palliative Care 2021

Palliative Care is a module within the 2021 Virtual Opioid Rounds. You will be able to claim credit for all modules you complete at the end of the course.

This module contains:

  • A presentation you must watch in order to claim credit for this module. Please note that there is audio in the presentation. 
  • Supplementation materials
  • Evaluation
  • Credit claiming (1.0 credit)


Once you complete this module, you can navigate back to the Parent Course, Virtual Opioid Rounds: A Multidisciplinary Approach, and select another module from the Take Course Tab.

After you have completed your selected modules, select the Virtual Opioid Rounds Evaluation & Summary Module to complete the overall evaluation and access your CME certificate.

Target Audience

This module is designed for members of the MCW community - MCW Faculty, MCP, CSG, CMG, CP and Zablocki VA physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants with a current DEA certificate and who prescribe opioids for pain management.

Learning Objectives

Learners who engage in the educational content will be able to:

  • Describe starting doses for two oral and two parenteral opioids in palliative care.
  • List three opioid equi-analgesic and dose escalation principles
  • Describe three principles of writing opioid prescription orders in the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Additional information


Office of Continuing Professional Development
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-4900
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Patients with serious illnesses such as advanced cancer, chronic organ failure, or dementia are at risk for poorly controlled pain and dyspnea.  Often these patients require opioid therapy in order to manage these symptoms, especially as their underlying advanced illness progresses.  In order to prescribe opioids in a safe and effective manner for these patients, clinicians need to have comprehensive clinical knowledge regarding various types of opioids, routes of opioid therapy, dosing of opioid therapy, and how to modify opioid therapy as their symptoms evolve with the underlying illness.  

In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Commercial Support Six, all in control of content must disclose any relevant financial relationships. The following in control of content had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Sean Marks, MD
Associate Professor
Medical College of Wisconsin
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Director
Editor-in-Chief Fast Facts and Concepts


Accreditation Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians
Designation of Credit Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 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 1.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Credits can be claimed once you have completed all the modules you have chosen. 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


Please login or register to take this course.

Click [START] below to begin the module.

A separate window will open with the presentation loading at the bottom left corner of your screen. There is audio with this presentation.

Required Hardware/software

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