The crisis of overdose deaths related to opioids has changed the face of medicine in the United States; no longer are opioids prescribed nearly as freely by primary care physicians or pain medicine physicians. In fact, many pain clinics (especially multiple in the academic sector) have opted to become interventional-only and/or not prescribe any opioids at all. This has presented a significant problem to graduating pain fellows who often leave one year of fellowship training with little to no experience in opioid prescribing yet are expected to do this work regularly in the private sector and to be experts in the safe use of these medications and consequences.

To fill this major educational gap, the APPD and Dr. Sudheer Potru present a series of challenging patient simulations related to opioid prescribing, addiction, violence and the pain clinic, and other issues. This series will include six one-hour webinars, each with a didactic session, a simulation, and a question and answer portion.

Program Overview

September 14: Opioid Education Introduction and Pro-Con Debate – Sudheer Potru, DO

September 28: Violence Against Healthcare Practitioners and in the Pain Clinic – Mercy Udoji, MD

October 12: UDS Interpretation, Management, and Discussion (Dealing With a Bad UDS) – Jarna Shah, MD

October 26: Diagnosing and Explaining Addiction – Rebecca Donald, MD

November 9: How to Prescribe Opioids From Start to Finish – Heejung Choi, MD

November 30: Tapering/Discontinuing Opioids – Ariana Nelson, MD


Heejung Choi, MD; Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, IL

Rebecca Donald, MD; Vanderbilt Health, Nashville, TN

Ariana Nelson, MD; University of California Irvine Health, Irvine, CA

Sudheer Potru, DO; Emory University, AtlantaGA

Jarna Shah, MD; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR

Mercy Udoji, MD; Emory University, AtlantaGA