Prescribers Course

Friday, September 28, 2018
Registration: 7:30 a.m.
Workshop: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
$440 ($419.05 course fee + $20.95 GST)
College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
300-669 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC, V6C 0B4

Family physicians consistently rate prescribing for chronic pain amongst the most difficult areas of their professional lives. In a discipline where communication is the core skill set, talking to patients in realistic terms about the risks and benefits that attend the use of opioids, benzodiazepines and other potentially habituating medications challenges even the most seasoned practitioners. Participants in this intensive course will learn new approaches, primarily through interview simulations in small groups, supported by sympathetic, experienced, clinical teachers. 

Program objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • identify common clinical pitfalls in the prescribing of drugs of potential abuse to patients
  • develop a tool kit and strategies to assist in the management of chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) with opioid medications
  • identity and begin to apply clinical interviewing strategies that assist in the managing of difficult problems in the office setting
  • develop and begin to apply strategies to detect and manage misuse and abuse of drugs of potential abuse in their practice
  • implement changes to their practice as a result of attending this course and reflecting on the implications of its content


The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians.  This Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 7.25 Mainpro+ credits. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.