Published 2/12/2024

Comprehensive Opioid-Focused Sessions Meet the DEA’s Mandatory Education Minimum Requirement

In the ever-evolving landscape of orthopaedic surgery, staying abreast of the latest techniques and best practices is not only a professional responsibility but a commitment to enhancing patient care.

The AAOS 2024 Annual Meeting takes a bold step by offering a comprehensive range of sessions aimed at providing opioid prescribing education. These sessions will align with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) mandatory minimum requirement of 8 hours.

One of the prominent voices leading this educational charge is Charles Hannon, MD, MBA, senior associate consultant in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Hannon will serve as the moderator for Symposium 400, “Pain Management in Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty,” taking place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Thursday in West, 2007. In a recorded message, he highlighted the significance of the symposium, stating, “In this symposium on anesthesia and analgesia in total joint arthroplasty, you will learn the most contemporary and innovative techniques that you can use in your practice to reduce pain and opioid consumption after hip and knee arthroplasty.”

The focus of the symposium is on imparting the most up-to-date and evidence-based approaches to participants. Dr. Hannon emphasized that attendees will gain practical knowledge that can be immediately applied in their practices. “After this symposium, you’ll be able to bring back to your team and your OR the most contemporary techniques to reduce postoperative pain and opioid consumption for your patients and, most importantly, improve their outcomes,” he added.

Opioid-related educational programming
The AAOS Annual Meeting hosts a series of sessions dedicated to opioid stewardship and pain management, each contributing toward the DEA-mandated education hours. These sessions cover a spectrum of topics, from best practices and opioid stewardship to evidence-based and controversial practices in pain management. The diverse range ensures that orthopaedic professionals receive a holistic education, empowering them to navigate the challenges of opioid prescribing in a rapidly changing healthcare landscape.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Opioid Stewardship in Orthopaedic Surgery: Best Practices in 2024
Symposium 100
1:30 to 3 p.m.
West, Room 2007

Re-Setting the Care Paradigm in Total Knee Arthroplasty
Instructional Course Lecture (ICL) 222
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
South, Room 201

Crisis Averted: Opioid-Sparing Orthopaedic Surgery
ICL 403
8 to 9:30 a.m.
West, Room 3022

This Might Hurt a Bit: Reducing Opioids in Shoulder Surgery
ICL 449
1:30 to 3 p.m.
West, Room 2002

Pain Management in Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: Evidence-Based and Controversial Practices in 2024
Symposium 400
1:30 to 3 p.m.
West, Room 2007

Use the Annual Meeting Mobile App to confirm event times and locations.

The AAOS Annual Meeting continues to be a global hub for orthopaedic education, where practitioners not only gain knowledge from cutting-edge research but also have the opportunity to network with colleagues worldwide. By offering dedicated sessions on opioid education, AAOS underscores its commitment to equipping orthopaedic surgeons with the tools and insights needed to optimize patient care and outcomes.