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Specialized Learning

Aspire. Specialized Learning.

Our asynchronous online certificate courses provide specialized learning in critical and emerging areas for individuals, and are also available at a group rate for health systems and other health care institutions.

Completion of each of the courses listed below will earn the learner two (2) CEUs per course, which will be provided by Penn Medicine. Penn Medicine is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Approval #124-3-H-15.

One credit hour = one contact hour.

Telemedicine and Telehealth: An Introduction

This course is designed to provide an overview of telemedicine and telehealth. The spectrum of activity ranging from research into implications of system design for applications that bridge geographic distance to the development of practical applications is considered in both historical context and in case studies. The current status and future trends of this emerging domain are reviewed.

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Introduction to Opioids and Addiction

This course will briefly review the pharmacology of opioids, including the opioids that are used to treat opioid addiction, and learn a little more about the disease of addiction in general and to opioids specifically. Finally, the challenging situation of treating pain in patients with opioid addiction will be addressed, as we review the principles of good pain management for patients with a history of abusing this class of medication.

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Introduction to Pain Management

In this course, the latest evidence about the mechanisms underlying acute and chronic pain, and newer opioid-sparing multi-modal and non-pharmacologic approaches to pain management will be reviewed. Disparities in the receipt of effective pain treatment, opioid or otherwise, will be considered, and the strengths and limitations of the recent CDC guideline on the use of opioids to treat chronic pain will be presented.

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