Course 1: Foundations of Pain: An Interprofessional Lens

Certificate in Pain Management

In commemoration of the University’s Bicentennial, we will offer the first course at no cost as an introductory special to this new certificate.

This foundational course will cover analgesic pharmacotherapy and nonpharmacologic treatments, across acute, chronic noncancer pain, cancer pain, palliative care, and hospice settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the biopsychosocial approach to the assessment and management of pain
  • Describe treatment categories used as part of an interprofessional and multimodal approach to pain management
  • Identify nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies for the management of pain
  • Select appropriate management strategies for pain using a team-based, patient-centered approach

In this course, earn 5.25 ACPE contact hours. Through a joint providership with UMass Chan Medical School, 5.25 CME credits (6.2 for nurses) are also available.

Registration is currently closed. Please fill out our request information form to be notified when registration opens.

Michele Matthews, PharmD, BCACP, FASHP, Vice Chair and Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, has extensive experience in pain management and for the past 12 years has served as an advanced practice pharmacist specializing in chronic non-cancer pain and substance use disorders within a collaborative care model at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is past president of the Society of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacists and has received multiple awards for her teaching and innovative clinical services.

Stephen Cina, DAIH, MAOM, Lic. Ac., ATC, NASM CES, Assistant Professor, New England School of Acupuncture at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, specializes in integrating East Asian and allopathic medical approaches for the treatment of orthopedic conditions and pain disorders. He is a member of the MCPHS Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (CIPE), Faculty advisor to the Interprofessional Healthcare Forum (IPHF), and Student Association of the New England School of Acupuncture (SANESA). Since 2001, Dr. Cina has treated numerous patients, from professional athletes to those with chronic and debilitating pain conditions and has taken an interprofessional approach working with healthcare providers.

Christopher Joyce, PT, DPT, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Physical Therapy at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, focuses his research on musculoskeletal pain and physical therapy care and utilization. Dr. Joyce co-chaired the formation of a Pain Special Interest Group in the American Physical Therapy Association Massachusetts chapter and is on the steering committee for the Massachusetts Pain Initiative. He teaches courses in evidence-based practice, pain science, therapeutic exercise, and modalities.

Ewan McNicol, PharmD, MSPREP, Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, is a clinical pharmacist at Atrius Health, focusing on pain management. Dr. McNicol also serves as the editor and author at the Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Review Group (PaPaS), and collaborates with Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks (ACTTION), a public-private partnership with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He conducts evidence-based reviews of analgesic interventions and outcomes for pain and related conditions.

Patricia Murray, DHS, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Associate Dean of Assessment and Accreditation, Associate Professor, FNP Track Coordinator, School of Nursing at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, has been a registered nurse for 30 years. Dr. Murray’s clinical experience as a family nurse practitioner includes palliative care, primary care, emergency medicine, occupational medicine, urgent care, and summer camp nursing.

Antje Barreveld, MD, is the Medical Director of Pain Management Services at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Barreveld’s clinical, leadership, and research interests are in pain management education, interventional pain management, chronic pelvic pain in men and women, acute and chronic postoperative pain, and safe practices in co-managing pain and addiction.

Benjamin Kematick, PharmD, BCACP, is a clinical pharmacy specialist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Kematick has helped develop national learning standards for hospice and palliative care pharmacists. In his health quality work, he focuses on the implementation of universal precautions and treatment of pain and substance use disorders in a palliative care population.

Samantha Meints, PhD, is a pain psychologist and clinical researcher in the Pain Management Center at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on understanding psychosocial mechanisms influencing the experience and treatment of pain as well as the use of nonpharmacologic interventions to prevent and treat chronic pain. Dr. Meints trains clinician-scientists at the pre- and post-doctoral level.

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

The University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Accreditation – This offering meets the requirements for 6.2 contact hours for nurses as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244-CMR 5.04). Each nurse should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

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Release Date: March 6, 2023
Expiration Date: March 6, 2025
Contact Hours: 5.25 (0.525 CEUs)
Universal Activity Number (UAN): 0026-0000-22-018-H08-P
ACPE Topic Designator: Pain Management, Knowledge-based activity


MCPHS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. MCPHS designates this educational activity for a total of 5.25 contact hours (0.525 CEUs).