UCSD and CMA Release Unique Educational DVD on Pain Management Fulfills New State Mandate for Physician Education About Terminal Care 


September 26, 2005 

SAN DIEGO AND SACRAMENTO – The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine (UCSD) and the California Medical Association (CMA) have teamed up to release UCSD & CMA Pain Management: A Case-Based Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program for Physicians on DVD. This multi-topic, in-office-study program satisfies the requirements of the new California law, AB 487, which mandates that physicians complete 12 hours of CME in pain management and the treatment of terminally ill patients. The program is designed to broaden and update the knowledge base of all physicians related to the appropriate care and treatment of patients suffering from pain and to improve physician knowledge and awareness regarding appropriate pain management treatments.

“We assembled a faculty comprised of some of America’s top pain management experts who review cases seen in general and specialty medicine situations,” says Terence Davidson, M.D., UCSD’s associate dean for Continuing Medical Education. “Our overall objective was to produce a professional education program that stressed the importance of integrated pain management therapies and at the same time was engaging, informative, and as entertaining as possible within the limits of the subjects.”

Jack Lewin, M.D., chief executive officer of CMA, called the DVD a unique, high-end product. “We are offering a comprehensive program that answers a real physician need,” says Lewin. “We wanted to provide convenience and a top-grade educational experience to physicians so they can satisfy the law’s requirement of 12 CME hours for license renewal.”

The series includes 14 separate case conferences in topic areas ranging from fibromyalgia to headache to palliative care. Panelists, including Scott Fishman, M.D. of UC Davis, discuss assessment, anatomy, etiology, prevalence, patient education procedures, treatment options and patient monitoring in each topic area.

Physicians seeking CME credit can choose to study from one to twelve hours. Participants register for credit through UCSD and take a post-test on each case to measure their knowledge of subject matter.

Besides being available as a DVD set, the program is also shown every Wednesday at Noon on University of California Television (UCTV). It is also available for online viewing in UCTV's video on-demand library. Information regarding the program and enrollment is available at

News Media Contact UC San Diego, Health Sciences Communications, Jeffree Itrich, 619-543-6163

California Medical Association Peter Warren, Karen Nikos, 916-444-5532

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