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The Managing Pain in the Primary Care Setting Symposium is jointly provided by Tulane University and CrescentHealth Consulting.

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Who Should Attend?

Primary Care • Internists • Nurses • Mental Health Professionals • Physical Therapists

This course has been approved by the LSBME to meet the CDS CME credit requirement.

About the Symposium

Statement of Need

In light of the federal government’s recognition of the national opioid epidemic and the release of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, providers need to recognize and understand the importance of a multi-disciplinary and multi-modal approach to treating chronic pain.


The purpose of this activity is to increase physician knowledge regarding treating chronic pain patients. In order to provide the highest quality of patient care, physicians must know the tools and resources available in treating this complex patient population. Providers should understand the mechanisms and types of pain as well as become familiar with the classes of medications, physical modalities, and interventions utilized to treat chronic pain.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this educational activity, the participants should be better able to effectively:

  • Discuss the essential neurophysiology and neuropharmacology as a basis for the selection of methods to medically manage chronic pain
  • Discuss the use of complementary and alternative medicine for the management of multiple chronic pain conditions
  • Distinguish between migraine and other types of headache to guide treatments with the appropriate pharmacotherapuetic intervention
  • Discuss the burden of managing adults with low back pain in the United States within the context of the healthcare delivery system, economy and workforce
  • Describe the contemporary issues regarding the role of select therapeutic interventions within the scope of physical therapy practice, including patient education, thermal modalities, electrotherapy, mechanical spinal traction, manual therapy, and exercise therapy in the management of adults with chronic low back pain complaints
  • Define the components of monitoring practices in the use of controlled therapies for chronic pain including written consent, urine toxicology, and pharmacology monitoring as guided by new opioid prescribing laws and rules.
  • Describe common methods of diversion and recognize red flags.
  • Identify signs of addiction and appropriate treatment options utilizing community resources.
Predicted Outcomes

Predicted changes in practice as a result of participating in this activity may include the improved ability to:

  • Utilize new legislation and safe prescribing practices to shape office policies for the treatment of chronic pain in primary care setting.
  • Develop treatment plans incorporating multi-modal practices including physical therapy and complimentary medicine for the management of chronic pain states.
  • Manage and treat painful states with medications based on neurophysiology and neuropharmacology principles previously discussed.

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 Tulane University Health Sciences Center and CrescentHealth Consulting. Tulane University Health Sciences Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Tulane University Health Sciences Center designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Tulane University Health Sciences Center and CrescentHealth Consulting present this activity for educational purposes only and do not endorse any product, content of presentation or exhibit. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected because of their recognized expertise.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the ACCME® Accreditation Requirements and the IACET 1-2018 Standard to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor.  All individuals responsible for content, regardless of role(s), are required to document financial relationships or the absence of relationships with commercial interests, and all potential conflicts of interest must be resolved prior to the activity.  Disclosure of off-label, experimental or investigational use of drugs or devices must also be made known to the audience.

Physician Competencies

This conference is designed to address the issues of competence in the following areas:

ACGME/ABMS Competencies

Patient Care and Procedural Skills, Medical Knowledge, Practice Based Learning Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism and Systems- based Practice.

Institute of Medicine Competencies

Provide Patient Centered Care, Work in Interdisciplinary Teams, Employ Evidence-based Practice.

Interprofessional Education Collaborative Competencies

Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice, Roles/Responsibilities, Interprofessional Communication and Teams and Teamwork.

CEU Credits

Tulane University, Center for Continuing Education has been accredited as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  Tulane University, Center for Continuing Education is authorized by IACET to offer 1 CEU for this program.

Nursing Credit

This activity for 10 contact hours is provided by the Education Resource Center of Tulane University Hospital, New Orleans, LA.  The Education Resource Center is approved by the LSBN C.E. Provider #5.

Nurses wishing to receive credit must attend the training in its entirety. Signing in and out at the registration desk is required. Partial credit cannot be awarded. Certificates will be disseminated electronically upon receipt of activity evaluation.

Physical Therapy

The following course was reviewed by the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board and awarded 10 contact hours for 2019 in the clinical category.






1:00 PM
1:45 PM
Welcome & Introduction
2:00 PM
Low Back Pain in Primary Care —Lee Rielly, PT, PhD
2:45 PM
Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis: An Update for the Primary Care Provider —Mary “Katie” Walton, MD
3:30 PM
3:45 PM
The Role of Physical Therapy in the Management of Chronic Myofascial Pain —Johanna Lough, PT, Cert. DN
4:30 PM
Yoga and Chronic Pain —Lori Panu, MPH
5:00 PM
5:15 PM
Program Conclusion
7:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
7:45 AM
Welcome & Introduction
8:00 AM
Overview of Pain Pharmacology: Safe Prescribing Practices —Randall P. Brewer, MD
8:45 AM
Understanding the DEA and Medical Board’s Role in Healthcare —Warren Rivera
9:30 AM
Managing Migraines in Primary Care —Debra Davis, MD
10:15 AM
Break with Exhibitors
10:30 AM
Addiction and Substance Abuse: Considerations for diagnosis and treatment in the Primary Care Setting —Olufemi Ogundeji, MD
11:15 AM
The Role of Physical Therapy in Chronic Pain —Lee Rielly, PT PhD
12:00 PM
Lunch Lecture: Medical Marijuana: Where are we now?
1:00 PM
Break With Exhibitors
1:15 PM
Acupuncture —Roscoe Chan, MD, FRCPC, ACU
1:45 PM
When to Refer to a Pain Specialist for Advanced Pain Therapies —Randall Brewer, MD
2:30 PM
Case Study Discussion —Melanie Smith, PA-C
3:15 PM
Questions & Answers, Key Takeaways
3:45 PM
Program Completion















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Our Speakers

Randall P. Brewer, MD, CPI

Medical Director, River Cities Interventional Pain Specialists
Founder/Principal Investigator, River Cities Clinical Research Center
Adjunct Professor, Neurology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Shreveport, LA

    Roscoe Chan, MD, FRCPC, ACU

    Board Certified Radiation Oncologist (USA & Canada)
    Certified Medical Acupuncturist
    Medical Director, Radiation Oncology
    CHRISTUS Highland Cancer Center
    Shreveport, LA

      Debra Davis, MD

      Professor of Clinical Neurology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
      American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certification in Neurology
      United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties Certification in Headache Medicine
      Shreveport, LA

        Johanna Lough, PT, Cert. DN

        Physical Therapist
        On Point Physical Therapy and Wellness
        Shreveport, LA

          Olufemi Ogundeji, MD

          Brentwood Hospital
          Shreveport, LA

            Lori Panu, MPH

            Coach/Founder, Be the Light Fitness, LLC
            Shreveport, LA

              Lee Rielly, PT, PhD

              Program Director, Willis Knighton Spine Institute
              Team Leader/Supervisor, Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, Willis Knighton Rehabilitation Institute
              Adjunct Faculty, College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
              Shreveport, LA

                Warren Rivera

                Lead Investigator, Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
                DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge (Retired)
                New Orleans, LA

                  Melanie Smith, PAC, MS

                  Overton Brooks VA Medical Center
                  River Cities Clinical Research Center
                  Shreveport, LA

                    Matthew Sobesky, PsyD

                    Tulane Faculty Liaison
                    Psychologist, Student Health Center
                    Tulane University
                    New Orleans, LA

                      Mary Walton, MD

                      Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Specialists
                      Shreveport, LA

                        Meeting Location

                        The Petroleum Club

                        416 Travis St., 15th Floor
                        Shreveport, LA 71101



                        The Remington Suite Hotel & Spa

                        220 Travis St.
                        Shreveport, LA 71101


                        $165 Single or Double, plus applicable taxes.

                        Mention the CrescentHealth Group to receive the discounted rate. Reservation Cut-Off Date is March 26, 2019. After this date, rooms and rates are subject to availability. A written confirmation will be sent by the hotel upon request. If guest rooms at the Remington sell out, please call our office at 318-524-7163 for reservation assistance.

                        The Petroleum Club
                        • 416 Travis St., 15th Floor
                          Shreveport, LA 71101
                        • (318) 425-4251


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                        Health Professionals
                        • Physicians
                        • Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner/Nurses
                        • Allied Health
                        • On-Site Registration Price: $239
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                        • Students
                        • Residents
                        • Must email a letter of verification to [email protected]
                        • On-Site Registration Price: $139
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                        *One-day registration is available.  Please contact Tulane University Center for Continuing Education at 504-988-1779 for information.

                        The registration fee includes all educational sessions and materials, buffet breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks. Click here to register online then click on the Pain meeting, or complete the registration form and return it with payment to: Tulane Center for Continuing Education, 1430 Tulane Avenue #8451, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-2699. You may also fax your credit card registration to 504-988-1779.

                        Written notification of cancellation must be postmarked by April 14, 2019 to obtain a partial refund of the registration fee (a $35 administrative fee will be retained). After that time, no refunds will be issued. Tulane University Health Sciences Center reserves the right to cancel this program if there are insufficient registrations. Full refunds would be made in that event. However, CrescentHealth Consulting and Tulane University Health Sciences Center is not responsible for any related costs or expenses including change/cancellation charges assessed by airlines. If you do not receive confirmation in a timely manner, please call us at (504) 988-5466.


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