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Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) System User Training

The Pennsylvania Department of Health PDMP Office, in collaboration with Penn State College of Medicine, invites you to participate.


This training is designed to review the PDMP System User Training Modules 2, 3, 6 and 7. Modules 1, 4 and 5 are available through the Pennsylvania Department of Health PDMP resources page.


All prescribers and other interested health-care professionals are encouraged to attend.


These activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through partnership with the PDMP Office and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

All modules can be used to meet the Medical and/or Osteopathic Boards’ CME credit requirement of Patient Safety/Risk Management, and modules 3 to 7 can be used to meet the Act 124 of 2016 opioid education requirements. However, a provider cannot use the same module to meet both the Act 124 and Patient Safety/Risk Management requirements.

About the Modules

Module 2: Patient Safety/Risk Management

What is a PDMP, How to Use the PDMP to Make Clinical Decisions, How to Integrate the PDMP into the Clinical Workflow, and How to Access Pennsylvania’s PDMP

  • Detail Pennsylvania’s requirements and regulations regarding PDMP use;
  • Explore options and actions Pennsylvania prescribers and pharmacists can take to integrate the PDMP into clinical workflows; and
  • Discuss how to use the PDMP system to make clinical decisions.

Module 3: Pain Management

Using the PDMP to Optimize Pain Management

  • Learn how to use the PDMP to address pain management for various patient populations and pain types;
  • Understand the basic nature of pain for different patient populations and how to manage their pain using the PDMP as a clinical tool; and
  • Discuss different ways of treating patient pain that do not involve the immediate use of opioids.

Module 6: Identification of Addiction

Approaches to Addressing Substance Use Disorder with Patients Identified by the PDMP

  • Learn how to integrate the PDMP with other screening tools to help identify those who may require substance use disorder treatment or
    increased monitoring;
  • Define Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), its main goals, and its main components;
  • Learn how to screen a patient for a potential substance use disorder, conduct a brief intervention, and refer a patient to treatment;
  • Learn how to discuss a substance use disorder with a patient and handle patient resistance; and
  • Learn how to incorporate SBIRT into clinical practice.

Module 7: Prescribing Practices for Opioids

Effective Opioid Tapering Practices

  • Discuss how to use the PDMP to determine if a provider should consider tapering their patient;
  • Discuss several indicators that prescribers can look for when considering tapering opioids;
  • Inform prescribers on how to discuss tapering with patients using patient-centered techniques;
  • Present a general opioid tapering protocol and how to adapt this protocol to the needs of any patient; and
  • Present information on how to manage withdrawal and how to use tools to measure withdrawal symptoms in patients.


There is no charge for participation in the Department PDMP System User Training or for the CME credit, however, registration is required.


A completed evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate for attending this activity. Please complete and submit the evaluation within the specified time frame.


The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund any program registration fees paid but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Program registrants who are experiencing illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill should contact the Continuing Education office before attending any in-person activities.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.


On-campus educational activities provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education are required to follow healthcare facility guidelines. Off-campus events provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education follow the COVID-19 requirements of that venue. We ask that all participants respect that some attendees may still choose to wear masks for activities. Check the venue website for the latest requirements and recommendations. Please do not attend this activity if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. By attending the activity, you attest that you do not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, which may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste, loss of smell or any other sign of illness.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Participants who anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided should contact the Continuing Education office at least one week in advance of participation or visit.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and Educational Balance)

It is Penn State policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to mitigate any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

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