Wise Prescribing and Deprescribing: Opioid Skills for the Frontline Clinician (Online Modules)



The Wise Prescribing and Deprescribing: Opioid Skills for the Frontline Clinician Course provides opportunities for you to review the principles and guidelines for opioid tapering, reflect on your own practices, and discuss enablers and barriers with the facilitator and peers. There are offerings of self-learning as well as small online group learning activities in this course. Here you are accessing the self-learning activity – the online modules. Upon completion of the online modules, you may contact Sylvia Vespa (Sylvia.Vespa@albertahealthservices.ca) for information on the paired online workshops. The workshops will help you gain tapering experiences through case practice and discussion.

There are patient and health care provider interview video clips in these modules. For your active thinking, there are reflective notes inserted in the videos. Please respect the interviewees’ contribution to this education program. They have consented to sharing their interviews for your personal learning use, and this information must not be shared beyond participants in this course.


Tools & Resources


It is not recommended to access the online modules on smartphones at this point as your learning experience might be compromised.

“MARK COMPLETE”: When you go through the course modules and topics the first time, you will notice the “MARK COMPLETE” button in the pages. Make sure clicking on it when you reach the bottom of the page. Please note it won’t allow you to move to the next module before you complete all the topics in a module. After you complete the whole course, the “MARK COMPLETE” will not be there anymore when you revisit the content.

‘TAKE NOTES’: To make notes for your own use, click on ‘TAKE NOTES’ at the upper right corner of your screen to open the notes field. All the course notes you have made can be found in a full list in the page of ‘My Courses’.

‘RESUME LEARNING”: Please be aware that it will take you several hours to complete the modules. For the convenience of self-paced learning, you may exit from the middle of the course and come back later. When you log into the e-learning portal again, click on ‘RESUME LEARNING’, and you will be redirected to where you left last time.


After participating in this course, participants will be equipped to:

  • identify whether opioid tapering is an appropriate plan for a given patient
  • plan a tapering discussion that is evidence-based and responsive to the patient’s readiness for change
  • execute an opioid taper with a motivated patient
  • troubleshoot challenges that occur during an opioid taper


This one-credit-per-hour Self-Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development for up to 7.0 Mainpro+ credits.

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. You may claim a maximum of 7.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

You may also perform Linking Learning exercises around a question you ask yourself as a result of learning from this course at: http://www.cfpc.ca/Linking_Learning_exercises/. Each completed Linking Learning exercise earns five Mainpro+ certified credits.

Accredited Royal College MOC Section 1 and Section 3 credits are eligible for certified Mainpro+ credits, up to a maximum of 50 credits per five-year cycle; any additional credits are eligible as non-certified Mainpro+ credits. MOC Section 3 accredited activities can be claimed at 3 credits per hour up to the cycle maximum.

There is also offering of small group workshops certified/accredited at Mainpro+ 18.0 three-credit-per-hour / MOC 6.0 Section 3 in this course. Workshop participants will reflect on their own practices and discuss enablers and barriers with the facilitator and peers. You must complete the online modules before you can register for the workshops. (Read More)

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  • This course has received no commercial sponsorship support.
  • This course was provided by Calgary Pain Program and the University of Calgary CME&PD, and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.
  • Faculty disclosure
Faculty Credentials Disclosure Affiliation
Lori Montgomery MD CCFP Nothing to declare

Medical Leader, AHS Calgary Pain Program; Clinical Associate Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, University of Calgary

Joyce Cote BSc Pharm ACPR Nothing to declare Pharmacist, Chronic Pain Centre, Alberta Health Services
Arlene Cox PhD RPsych Nothing to declare Clinical Psychologist, Chronic Pain Centre, Alberta Health Services
Rajdeep Kandola MD CCFP Nothing to declare Physician Lead, East Calgary Family Care Clinic, Alberta Health Services
Patrick Quail MBBChBAO CCFP Nothing to declare Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary; Medical Lead, Supportive Living, Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone
Saifee Rashiq MB BS FRCPC Nothing to declare Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine; Director, Division of Pain Medicine, University of Alberta
Marie-Eve Turcotte MD MSc FRCPC Nothing to declare Anesthetist, Chronic Pain Centre, Alberta Health Services
Monica Wickland-Weller MD Nothing to declare Senior Medical Advisor, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
Chloe Burnett MSc MEd Nothing to declare Education Consultant, Continuing Medical Education and
Professional Development, University of Calgary



Lori Montgomery MD CCFP (Chair)
Joyce Cote BSc Pharm ACPR
Arlene Cox PhD RPsych
Rajdeep Kandola MD CCFP
Patrick Quail MBBChBAO CCFP
Marie-Eve Turcotte MD MSc FRCPC
Monica Wickland-Weller MD
Chloe Burnett MSc MEd (CME Representative)


This program has received educational grants from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta and the Alberta Physician Learning Program.



Thank the external experts reviewing the curriculum:

Peter MacDougall PhD MD FRCPC
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Management and Peri-operative Medicine, Dalhousie University
Director, Atlantic Mentorship Network – Pain and Addiction

Christy Sutherland MD CCFP dABAM
Medical Director, PHS Community Services Society
Physician Education Lead, British Columbia Centre on Substance Use
Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Family Medicine