Team-Based Strategies to Address Patients’ Pain Needs


John G. Gums, PharmD, FCCP
Associate Dean for Clinical and Administrative Affairs, Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine, College of Pharmacy, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
John G. Gums, PharmD, FCCP

Dr. Gums is a Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine in the Departments of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research and Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida. Additionally, he holds the title of Associate Dean for Clinical and Administrative Affairs in the College of Pharmacy. He received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Subsequently, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Gums is actively involved in teaching both in the College of Pharmacy and the College of Medicine. He has received the Faculty Recognition Award from the College of Pharmacy, Exemplary Teacher Award from the College of Medicine, and twice was selected as Teacher of the Year by the University of Florida, Department of Family Medicine.

He has authored over 200 peered-review articles, 26 continuing education programs, and 24 book chapters. He has given over 110 invited presentations to national and international pharmacy and medical associations. He maintains an active clinical research program, including past funding from the NIH. Currently, he is a co- investigator on numerous NIH-funded trials evaluating the impact and role of pharmacogenomics in the treatment of patients with hypertension.

Dr. Gums maintains membership in ASHP, AACP, and ACCP. He is a member of the Family Medicine Editorial Advisory Council for the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, and is a Scientific Editor for the journal Pharmacotherapy. In 1993, he was appointed by the governor as a member of the State of Florida Pharmacy Services and Technical Review panel. In 1997, he received the Outstanding Clinical Practice Award from ACCP. In 2002, Dr. Gums served as a Primary Health Care Policy Fellow through the office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services in Washington DC. And in 2007, he was elected as a Fellow in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Carol Anne A. Motycka, PharmD, BCACP
Assistant Dean for Jacksonville Campus, Campus Director & Clinical Associate Professor, University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Jacksonville Campus, Jacksonville, FL
Carol Anne A. Motycka, PharmD, BCACP

Dr. Carol Motycka graduated from the University of Florida with her Pharm.D. and completed a residency in Ambulatory Care at Florida Hospital in Orlando. After practicing at Florida Hospital for several years, Dr. Motycka joined the University of Florida to help build the College of Pharmacy program in Jacksonville. She is board certified in Ambulatory Care and has completed fellowships in both leadership and education. Dr. Motycka has been published in multiple academic and clinical journals and has provided over 100 presentations in the field with a particular focus on substance use disorders utilizing interprofessional education, simulation, and teamwork. She has received awards on the state and National level for her teaching, research, and leadership. As Assistant Dean of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy Jacksonville Campus, Dr. Carol Motycka spends her time teaching, completing research, advising, and administrating.

Statement of Need

While team-based care is the best approach to managing patients with pain, it is not always easy, with lack of communication and education often being the biggest concerns. It is important for the entire healthcare team to work together to improve communication and to better educate patients about their pain management. Here, we examine the role of pharmacists in educating patients about their pain to optimize safe and effective treatment plans.

In this CMEOCast podcast about team-based strategies that address patients’ pain needs, expert faculty discuss the management of pain from acute injury, dental procedures, and minor surgery as well as that of patients with chronic pain, including strategies that promote improved communication among the treatment team and educating patients about their pain.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Develop strategies to promote improved communication with the entire pain management team.
  • Educate patients about their pain to optimize safe and effective multimodal treatment plans.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson.

Target Audience


Credit Information

Pharmacists/Pharmacy Tech (ACPE)

This application-based activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour (0.10 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy credit.

Disclosure Declaration

It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and attempted to resolve any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer review process. The following information is for participant information only. It is not assumed that these relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.

John G. Gums, PharmD, FCCP, has no disclosures to report.

Carol Anne A. Motycka, PharmD, BCACP, has no disclosures to report.

Disclosures were obtained from the CME Outfitters, LLC staff: No disclosures to report.

  • Mae Ochoa, RPh (peer reviewer)
  • Jan Perez (planning committee)
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee)

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Team-Based Strategies to Address Patients’ Pain Needs
Event Date: 09/05/2019