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Managing Shoulder Pain in the Clinic: What to Look for and When to Intervene

Friday, October 2, 2015 to Thursday, August 31, 2017
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The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Course Description

This CME activity is a refresher on relevant functional musculoskeletal anatomy and physical exam techniques of the shoulder. Using case examples as well as didactics, animated visualizations, and video demonstrations, this course is designed to elevate the practicing physician’s confidence in understanding the current evidence base in managing routinely encountered conditions of the shoulder. Specific indications and timing for intervention and practices including various injection techniques are highlighted. In addition to providing a solid foundation in both physical exam and interventional skills, the curriculum is intended to introduce the physician to the role of ultrasound as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool in assessing shoulder conditions.

Intended Audience

This course is designed for primary care physicians including family practice and internal medicine physicians, neurologists, rheumatologists, and emergency medicine physicians.

Dates, Duration & Fee

  • Release Date: October 2, 2015
  • Expiration Date: August 31, 2017
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 2 Hours
  • CME Credits Offered: 2.00
  • Registration Fee: FREE

Please review all of the information on this page before clicking the Courseware tab at the top of the page to begin the course.

To Obtain CME Credits

  • Review the information below and complete the entire activity.
  • Complete the CME Post-test, CME Evaluation Survey, and CME Activity Completion Statement at the end of the activity.
  • You must receive a score of 75% or higher on the post-test in order to receive a certificate. You will have two attempts to answer each multiple-choice question (or one attempt for questions with only two options) to pass the post-test.
  • Once you attest to completing the entire online activity and have scored 75% or higher on the post-test, your certificate will be generated automatically and will be available on your Dashboard page.
  • Physicians will be awarded AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. All other participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe relevant functional musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanics as they relate to routinely encountered conditions of the shoulder.
  • Conduct a standardized physical examination to efficiently assess the shoulder and help generate an accurate differential diagnosis.
  • Identify indications for immediate, urgent, or early referral to the appropriate sub-specialist.
  • Formulate appropriate management strategies for various shoulder conditions based on current evidence, including the indications, timing and methods of performing targeted shoulder injections.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Module 1. Introduction to Shoulder Anatomy and Pain
  3. Module 2. Comprehensive Physical Exam of Shoulder
  4. Module 3. Indications for Referrals
  5. Module 4. Conservative Management of Shoulder Pain
  6. Course Wrap-up
  7. Resources and References
  8. Help!


The following planners, speakers, authors, and reviewers have indicated that they have no relationships with industry to disclose relative to the content of this activity:

Eugene Yousik Roh, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Stanford University School of Medicine
Course Director

Ninad Karandikar, MD
Assistant Professor (Affiliated) of Orthopedic Surgery
Stanford University School of Medicine
Medical Director, Regional Amputation and Transitional Rehabilitation Program
Veterans Administration, Palo Alto Health Care System
Course Director

Rebecca Dutton, MD
Chief Resident
Stanford University School of Medicine

YT Chen, MD
Sports Medicine Fellow
Stanford University School of Medicine

Technical Design and Development

Mike McAuliffe
Stanford EdTech

Kimberely Walker, PhD
Stanford EdTech

Greg Bruhns
Stanford Online

Role Play Actor

Derek Yee

Hardware/Software Requirements

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have javascript enabled.

Accreditation and Designation of Credits

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

The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Commercial Support Acknowledgement

This activity received no commercial support.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency

California Assembly Bill 1195 requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. It is the intent of the bill, which went into effect July 1, 2006, to encourage physicians and surgeons, CME providers in the State of California and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to meet the cultural and linguistic concerns of a diverse patient population through appropriate professional development. The planners and speakers of this CME activity have been encouraged to address cultural issues relevant to their topic area. The Stanford University School of Medicine Multicultural Health Portal also contains many useful cultural and linguistic competency tools including culture guides, language access information and pertinent state and federal laws. You are encouraged to visit the portal:

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