Blended Learning

PREP is making it easier for full time professionals to join our community.  With the program’s transition to a blended learning environment you can participate in on line learning for a significant portion of the course.  You will still have access to expert faculty, comprehensive course content and cutting edge research within the convenience your home or office.  And, you will probably learn more--research shows a combination of face-to-face and on-line education maximizes learning.  PREP offers at least one blended learning course each fall, spring and summer semester; additional blended courses are being developed. Learn more about PREP's blended learning trajectory

Summer and Fall 2014 Blended Learning Courses

May 30-31 & June 1, 2014

Palliative Care and End of Life
PREP 233 1 credit

Course Director: Pam Ressler, RN, MS-PREP

Onsite Sessions

Friday, May 30 – 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, May 31 – 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, June 1 – 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

+ 5 Online Synchronous Sessions 7-9 pm

Wednesday, June 4 

Wednesday, June 11

Monday, June 16

Monday, June 23

Wednesday, June 24

Palliative care has emerged as a significant and legitimate interdisciplinary care model under strong medical leadership with a growing research and outcomes-based foundation. Palliative care and hospice services are generally underutilized and undervalued by healthcare professionals and the public, requiring a new approach to integration. This course provides a broad overview of palliative medicine practices, potential for integration into traditional medicine, with detailed attention to skills development in pain, symptom management, and communication as well as illumination of ethical, legal, public policy, and regulatory issues.

May 29-30, 2014

Inter-Professional Team Management of Pain
PREP 244 0.5 credits

Course Director: Dan Carr, MD, Sharan Schwartzberg, EdD

Onsite Sessions

Thursday, May 29 – 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, May 30 – 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

+ 4 Online Synchronous Sessions 5:30-7:30 pm 

Wednesday, June 11

Wednesday, June 18

Wednesday, June 25

Wednesday, July 2

Today’s health care is increasingly delivered by groups of health care providers with diverse professional training, roles and identities. Lack of coordination and communication between health professionals frequently leads to suboptimal or adverse patient outcomes and lower patient satisfaction, carries risk management challenges, and provokes provider dissatisfaction and burnout. This course provides tools to analyze and if needed repair group dynamics within interprofessional teams such as the medical home. Attendees will acquire knowledge and skills for achieving real-world outcomes crucial to patient-centered care, with an emphasis upon pain and its treatment.

June 7, 2014

Controlled Substances and their Alternatives for Pain: Inter-Professional Context and Controversies
PREP 245 0.5 credits

Course Director: Ronald Kulich, PhD

Onsite Sessions 

Saturday, June 7 – 8:00 am - 5:45 pm

+ 4 Online Synchronous Videoconferences (Dates TBD)

While evidence-based practice guidelines typically support interdisciplinary approaches for the most complex pain patients, clinician time constraints, patient demand for better access, and possible influence from industry can result in the use of more narrowly focused pharmaceutical management approaches. In some cases, these approaches involve chronic opioid management for treatment resistant pain conditions, with one investigation showing that 83% of New England primary care physicians maintain some patients in their practice on chronic opioid therapy. Conversely, primary care physicians and dentists have been cited as the subspecialty groups who provide the most opioids. In response to risk factors represented within this population, medical and dental boards in New England have adopted policies that reinforce established practice guidelines. Nonetheless, adherence to a best practice approach likely remains poor, e.g., a review of practices from a similar state revealed 100% non-compliance with respect to a legally mandated chronic opioid therapy guideline.

September 12-14, 2014

Neuroscience of Pain: From Society to Synapse
PREP 230 1 credit

Course Directors: Steven Scrivani, DDS, DMedSc, Dan Carr, MD

Onsite Sessions 

Friday, Sept 12 – 6:00 pm - 9:00pm

Saturday, Sept 13 – 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, Sept. 14 – 9:00am - 3:00pm

+ 7 Online Asynchronous Sessions

This course presents theory and research on the anatomical structures and physiological processes involved in the transmission and modulation of pain. Peripheral mechanisms, central mechanisms of nociceptive transmission, and the involvement of higher centers (thalamic nuclei and cortical areas) involved in pain are differentiated. In addition, the course presents information on the brain stem regions involved in modulation of nociceptive transmission, their interconnections, their spinal projections, and the effects of electrical or chemical stimulation. Opioid analgesia is distinguished from nonopioid forms of analgesia. In addition, the course presents the pharmacology of pain transmission and its modulation focusing on peripheral mechanisms; synaptic transmission in the dorsal horn; central sensitization; and the role of neurotransmitters in pain.