UW TelePain - UW Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

UW TelePain

UW TelePain is a free weekly service funded by the Washington State Legislature for community providers, intended to increase knowledge and confidence in chronic pain management and to provide consultation for difficult chronic pain cases. TelePain sessions are provided via Zoom and include a network of interprofessional specialists with expertise in the management of challenging chronic pain problems.



Join a TelePain session

We conduct TelePain sessions on Wednesdays from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM for community clinicians. Please register in advance using the button below.  

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Information for providers who want to participate in TelePain


  • Submit a completed Pain Medicine Case Consultation Request Form via REDcap.  

You will receive an email from telepain@uw.edu to schedule a date for your case presentation. All personally identifiable health information will be de-identified and we will assign a confidential ID number to your case. When you are called on to present the case during the confirmed UW TelePain broadcast, all parties will refer to the patient only by the confidential ID number. 


Weekly presentations for community clinicians occur from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM and are followed by a brief question and answer session. Slides, articles, and references from these presentations are available to participants. 

The TelePain curriculum includes core and supplemental topics with evidence-based information. 

Core Topics

  • Establishing a pain diagnosis 
  • Functional assessment  
  • Multidimensional outcome tracking  
  • Comorbid psychological disorders 
  • Non-pharmacological pain management strategies 
  • Non-opioid pharmacological treatment options  
  • Opioid prescribing, including new rules and guidelines 
  • Addiction assessment and treatment 
  • Buprenorphine  

Supplemental Topics

  • Medicinal cannabis  
  • Extended release/long-acting opioids 
  • Sleep  
  • Disability 
  • Pediatric pain  
  • Pain in pregnancy 
  • Diversion 
  • Migraine and headache  
  • Pelvic pain

Telepain Calendar

“UW TelePain is a remarkably effective video conference-based consultative network providing tertiary center/university level expertise to assist community providers (both primary and specialty) in the management of complex and challenging chronic pain problems. I practice in Lewis County where I am the lone pain specialistI am thus the recipient of some very difficult chronic pain referrals from my colleagues and in the past I have often felt like I was by myself at the end of a very long ropeYet thanks to UW TelePain, I can join in a lively, interactive session where I can gain access to expert second opinions and collegial advice on tough casesI have come to truly look forward to Wednesdays now!” – Anonymous 

“I have found these conferences to be very helpful in helping me maintain and increase my knowledge and skills needed to treat the complex chronic pain patients that I see in my community practiceThis allows me real time access to multidisciplinary experts capable of providing helpful recommendations to assist me in caring for these most challenging patients.” Gregory T. Carter MD MS, Centralia, WA 

“We inherit these patients who are already at a higher dose, so we’re kind of stuck. How do we turn it around and get opioid-dependent or addicted folks back to more appropriate dosing? The UW faculty gave me the tools to be firm and establish that opioid levels need to come down. They gave me confidence in my direction.” Ron Bergman, MD, Port Angeles, WA 

Participants will be asked quarterly to evaluate the UW TelePain sessions they attended. CME credits are awarded annually. 

The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Each session is 1.5 credits up to a maximum of 73.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ annually

Note: Viewing video of didactic lectures outside of the TelePain session does not satisfy CME accredited attendance. 


Upon completion of this activity, attendees should be able to: 

  1. Describe the different major types of chronic, non-cancer pain and their corresponding treatment modalities. 
  2. Optimize pharmacologic treatment of chronic non-cancer pain to improve function and safety, as measured by ability to measure morphine equivalent doses in patient prescriptions. 
  3. Detect unsafe combination therapies such as opioids and benzodiazepines. 
  4. Identify non-pharmacologic treatment modalities available for patients. 
  5. State the legal requirements applicable to treatment of pain and addicted patients in their setting. 
  6. Be able to describe the screening tools useful for management of chronic pain in primary care setting including those measuring pain intensity, function, and addiction risk. 
  7. Identify elements of safe opioid prescribing and be able to assess patients for treatment. 
  8. Model effective communication skills to improve provider-patient interaction and build trust as well as demonstrate ways to manage requests for opioid therapy from patients for whom this type of therapy is appropriate, and those for whom it is not appropriate. 
  9. Describe the risks of serious adverse outcomes from opioid use, according to characteristics of opioid regimens and patients, and apply this knowledge in their patient assessment and ongoing treatment plans for improved patient safety. 
  10. Successfully document treatment and patient action plans and know how to counsel patients on how to safely use, store and dispose of opioid medications. 
  11. Discuss general and product-specific drug information concerning extended-release and long-acting opioids. 


Didactic presentations are intended for educational use only and do not constitute medical consultation or advice related to any specific patient. UW TelePain case consultation does not create or otherwise establish a provider-patient relationship between any UW Medicine Health Care Professional and any patient whose case is being presented in a UW TelePain setting.