New Pain Management CME Requirement

The 2019 Texas Legislature passed three different laws that require physicians to complete two hours of CME in during each two-year licensing period. The mandate applies to the renewal of a license on or after September 1, 2020. 

Because ophthalmologists seldom prescribe this class of pain medication, TOA has partnered with the Texas Orthopaedic Association to provide members with the two hours via an online course - free. The course content is appropriate for all physicians. The on-demand course will result in:

  • Two CME hours. The Texas Orthopaedic Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Two ethics hours. This course has been designated by the Texas Orthopaedic Association for 2.0 credits of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.
  • Two hours to fulfill the state's opioid prescribing mandate. This course has been designated by the Texas Orthopaedic Association for 2.0 credits of education in pain management and prescription of opioids.

Simply go to for the videos, evaluation, and instructions.
There are two one-hour videos.

Once you complete the videos and fill out your evaluation form, Bobby Hillert [email protected] from the Texas Orthopaedic Association will check your membership status and e-mail the CME certificate to you several days later.

Only current TOA members receive the course free.  Non-members may take the course for $250 (any specialty). Register here

Email Rachael Reed at [email protected] for information. 

Additional Information

Beginning June 27, 2023, all new or renewing U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) licensees, will be required to check a box to affirm that they have fulfilled an eight-hour training requirement on treatment and management of patients with substance use disorders.

This is a one-time training requirement affirmation. Physicians can find free training courses online:

American Medical Association
New England Journal of Medicine