Yearly Area of Focus


Each year the WAFP’s strategic plan identifies a clinical issue to feature and promote to the membership. For 2017, the clinical issue is opioid use. Throughout the year, we will be providing information, CME and other guidelines to help our members with this important clinical issue.


In partnership with the Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association (IPMA) the WAFP is excited to offer this exciting new opioids education program titled, Responsible Opioid Prescribing. This innovative new course, designed by Family Physicians for Family Physicians, has been approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) to meet the new 2017 Continuing Medical Education Requirement.

IPMA Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association


Under the new guidelines for physician continuing education provided by the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB), physicians holding a medical license in the state of Wisconsin will be required to take two of their 30 continuing medical education (CME) hours via board-approved course on responsible opioid prescription for the next two renewal cycles. Physicians who do not hold a US Drug Enforcement Administration number to prescribe controlled substances are exempted under the rules. For more information please consult the frequently asked questions about the new opioid CME requirement.


The Responsible Opioid Prescribing course will be offered as a series of live, real-time webinars, and registrants will have access to the recorded sessions. New for October, the series will be finished in 3 sessions of 45 minutes each.

Once you register for the course you will have the option to attend the three live sessions, view the recorded sessions, or mix and match attending the live sessions and viewing the recorded sessions as your schedule allows. Upon completion of the series, you will receive an evaluation survey which will be the mechanism for awarding CME. Learners must complete the evaluation survey to receive your CME certificate. 

Registration for the course (all sessions and CME certificate included) is $60 for WAFP members and $80 for non-members. 

Sessions will be presented by WAFP members Cheri Olson, MD and Karen Hulbert, MD.

The program will be offered four times, once each month in April, June, August, and October.

Responsible Opioids Prescribing

Presenters: Cheri Olson, MD and Karen Hulbert, MD

Wednesdays in October: October 11, 18, 25
12:15 - 1:00pm


$60 - WAFP Members
$80 - non-WAFP Members


The webinar series will be offered four times throughout the year. Learners only need to attend one series to meet the MEB requirement. 

Based on feedback from previous offerings, October will feature three sessions at 45 minutes each. October sessions are scheduled from 12:15 - 1:00pm.


Responsible Opioid Prescribing Learning Objectives

Responsible Opioid Prescribing
  • Order and interpret urine drug tests for monitoring appropriate opioid use
  • Define the role of a controlled substances agreement in opioid prescribing
  • Perform a risk assessment on a patient for whom opioids are being considered
  • Identify factors that increase and decrease mortality in patients being prescribed opioids for pain
  • Gain references and resources to further study best opioid prescribing practices

This Live activity, Responsible Opioid Prescribing, from 02/01/2017 - 02/01/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 2.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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