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


This course provides opportunities for you to review the principles of safe prescribing, explore opioid tapering, reflect on your own practice, and hear from experts in the field. 

The course includes recorded webinars, quizzes, panel discussions, brief clinical pearls, and tools and resources for your practice.

Tools & Resources


Upon completion of the online modules, learners will be able 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
  • It is not recommended to access the online modules on smartphones at this point as your learning experience might be compromised.
  • There are required learning activities in the course, such as reviewing video materials, viewing, and downloading PDF resources, responding to questions and responding to some course evaluation survey questions.
  • “MARK COMPLETE”: When you go through the course the first time, you will notice the “MARK COMPLETE” button in the pages. Make sure clicking on it when you reach the bottom of a page. After you complete the whole course, the “MARK COMPLETE” will not be there anymore when you revisit the content.
  • ‘RESUME LEARNING”: 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.
  • CME Certificate / Certificate of Completion for the Online Modules: Once you have completed the modules, you will find the ‘Download Certificate’ button available at the top of this page. You may choose to print it or download it as PDF document.

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 [hours TBD] 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 [hours TBD] (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 up to 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.

The learning material presented are in compliance with the University of Calgary Copyright Policy, Acceptable Use of Material Protected by Copyright.

The learning materials were created for those enrolled in this course and cannot be reproduced or redistributed.

  • 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
FacultyCredentialsDisclosure Affiliation
Lori MontgomeryMD, CCFP,
Clinical Trials: Hotchkiss Brain Institute – grant for clinical trial of medication for opioid withdrawal (not mentioned in the course);
Alberta Health Services – medical leadership role

Community Integration Medical Lead, AHS (Calgary) Community, Rural and Primary Care; Clinical Associate Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, University of Calgary

Arlene CoxPhD RPsychNothing to declareClinical Psychologist, Chronic Pain Centre, Alberta Health Services
Kari BlessingNP, MNNothing to declare 
Kelly ShinkarukMD, FRCPCHonorarium: Sabi Mind – clinical workProfessor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine; Director, Division of Pain Medicine, University of Alberta
Monica Wickland-WellerMDNothing to declareSenior Medical Advisor, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
Samuel ParmiterRPhHonorarium: National Pain Rounds – Guest speaker;
Clinical Trials: Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary – co-author on RCT
Pharmacist, Chronic Pain Centre; Pharmacist, Long Covid Clinic; Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone
Utkarsh Subnis  (CME Representative)PhD, MBBSHonoraria: Fresh Squeezed Ideas Inc., Digital Workplace Consultant; HAnalytics Solutions Inc, Former EmployeeEducation Consultant, Continuing Medical Education and
Professional Development, University of Calgary

Lori Montgomery MD CCFP (Chair)
Arlene Cox PhD RPsych
Emily Ardell
Heather Armson MD MCE CCFP FCFP
Kari Blessing MN, NP
Katrina Mary Nicholson MD, CCFP, FCFP
Kelly Shinkaruk MD, FRCPC
Monica Wickland-Weller MD LMCC
Samuel Parmiter RPh
Sasha Mallya PhD, RPsych
Utkarsh Subnis PhD, MBBS (CME Representative)

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

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