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  • Join Dr. Mark Garofoli on the front lines of pain management in the opioid crisis via the Pain Management Specialty Pharmacist (PMSP) Certification Curriculum!

    Pharmacists are on the “front lines” of the opioid crisis. Pharmacists, as the stereotyped “drug experts” can improve patient care and save lives by practicing and providing high quality pain management education more directly than any other healthcare profession. We, as pharmacists, are the keystone to combating the opioid crisis, while also compassionately and clinically taking care of our numerous patients in pain. In a 2009 study of US School of Medicine, it was found that schools teach only an average of a mere 9 hours of pain management education, whereas this Pain Management Specialty Pharmacist (PMSP) certificate training provides a dynamic 21.5 hours of continuing education on pain management. Many pharmacists faced with patient satisfaction scores, countless prescriptions to verify, and just not enough hours in a given day have cried out for more education and training in pain management, one of the pillars of healthcare across the globe today.  On average in our country, a person dies every 8 minutes from a drug overdose, over the course of 21.5 hours of continuing education, more than 160 people will die. Please take this opportunity to save that many lives, and improve countless others’ lives in the same amount of time. Our patients simply deserve more, and our careers can grow exponentially with additional training, so please join us in a series of discussions on all aspects of pain management, including an expert review of pharmacological treatment options, but also well beyond medications, diving deeper into the relatively large tool box of options in pain management.

    About Mark Garofoli, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, CPE. Mark, a.k.a. “pain guy”, works tirelessly to improve patient care in pain management, whether one-on-one with a patient, or in educating masses of healthcare professionals across the country as a certified pain educator (CPE). He began his career with a decade of community pharmacy practice with CVS Health while also “climbing the corporate ladder”. Eventually he made the decision to switch gears and focus more on clinical aspects by joining Humana Healthcare to perform medication therapy management (MTM) for 6 years. In 2015, Mark accepted a position with the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Pharmacy to develop an MTM program focusing on pain management, which then evolved into a managed care program performing reviews of patient’s pain management treatment plans. He is the coordinator of the West Virginia Expert Pain Management Panel, which developed the state pain management guidelines (www.sempguidelines.org). Currently, he is a clinical assistant professor and Director of Experiential Learning for the WVU School of Pharmacy, while also practicing as a clinical pain management pharmacist at the WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Managment. Mark has been a consultant in the field of pain management on many different avenues such as being a grant reviewer for the CDC, an expert witness in multiple criminal and civil court cases, numerous interviews and articles locally and nationally, and recently was the recipient of the West Virginia GenerationRx Award. He enjoys the many blessings in his life with his beautiful and beyond intelligent wife, Dr. Gretchen Garofoli, and his son Luke in Morgantown, West Virginia. 
    About PMSP. This 21.5 hour specialty certification, consisting of 13 activities, will be an in-depth exploration of pain management including aspects of all healthcare professions with a keen eye on all pain management treatment options arranged by therapeutic category. One may ask, “Just how did we get this far in the Opioid Crisis?”, or “Just what pain management treatment options do my patients have besides opioid medications?”, or even, “How do I help my patients that I have simply inherited from other pharmacies?”. Dr. Garofoli implores healthcare professionals, especially fellow pharmacists, to want their cake and eat it too when it comes to practicing with the intentions of wanting not only safe, but also actually effective pain management for patients. Pharmacological treatment options are a mainstay in pain management, however, sometimes even merely understanding the other options available can facilitate a strong patient-pharmacist relationship. A pharmacist may not always be able to provide the best treatment option (i.e. medication) every time, but will certainly know whom within an interprofessional team or community can.  When you enroll in this course, you will feel as if you are practicing in the midst of an interprofessional team while carrying the responsibility for knowing the intricate details of each and every pain management treatment option while you sharpen your pain management clinical skills.

    To qualify as a Pain Management Specialty Pharmacist, one must enroll in the one (1) live PMSP webinar given throughout the year (or PMSP home study webcast) and successfully complete the twelve (12) additional webcasts. Once all requirements have been completed, the participant must pass a final comprehensive exam (70% of better) to earn their Pain Management Specialty Pharmacist (PMSP) Certificate of Completion. Upon passing the final certification exam, your official Certificate of Completion will be mailed to the address in your FreeCE profile within 7-14 business days.

    Some important notes to remember regarding the Pain Management Specialty Pharmacist (PMSP) Specialty Certification:
    • Registration costs $198 for members, $608 for non-members
    • The final certification exam consists of 100 unique multiple choice questions
    • A minimum score of 70% is required to obtain your Certificate of Completion
    • You have only three (3) attempts to pass the final certification exam
    • You may not leave the final certification exam in the middle and return at a later time
    • The final certification exam has no time limit; however, we recommend that you write the answers down in case you lose your Internet connection of get interrupted while taking the exam
    • You will earn continuing education credit as you complete each activity, totaling 21.5 credits upon final completion of all activities
    • You will have 12 months to complete the specialty certification before it expires from your account
    • This series certification is not accredited for pharmacy technicians and nurses
     

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    Pain Management Specialty Pharmacist Series