Ask the Experts: Issues Related to the Management of Postoperative Pain

Thursday, February 13, 2014
1-2 pm EST

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Accreditation for Pharmacists

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity provides 1 hour (0.1 CEU) of continuing pharmacy education credit (activity # 0204-0000-14-467-L01-P).

This activity is provided free of charge. Participants must participate in the entire presentation, submit an enrollment code (announced during the webinar), and complete the course evaluation to receive continuing credit. Participants will process CE credit online at, with the option of printing a CE certificate. CPE credit will be reported directly to CPE Monitor.

Methods and Format

This is a live web-based activity consisting of audio, presentation slides, and an activity evaluation tool. A live webinar brings the presentation to you. Listen to the speaker present in "real time" as you watch the slides on the screen. You will have the opportunity to ask the speaker questions at the end of the program. Please join the conference at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time for important announcements.

Target Audience

This continuing pharmacy education activity was planned to meet the needs of pharmacists practicing in hospitals, components of health systems, and surgery centers. This activity would be especially beneficial for pharmacists, clinical specialists, managers, leaders, and educators who are interested in pain management, postoperative care, new drug therapies, patient safety, and technology.

Webinar Overview

This activity will provide health-system pharmacists with pearls that can be incorporated into the management of postoperative pain, focusing on multimodal therapy and the use of local anesthetics. The content for this activity is based on questions raised by participants in a recent educational symposium on this topic.

Time for questions and answers from the webinar audience will be provided at the end of the presentation.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this application-based continuing education activity, participants should be able to

  • Address current issues related to multimodal therapy for postoperative pain management.
  • Outline factors to consider when evaluating local anesthetics for postoperative pain management.


Julie Golembiewski, Pharm.D., FASHP, Activity Chair
Clinical Pharmacist, Anesthesia and Pain
University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System
Clinical Associate Professor
Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Julie Golembiewski, Pharm.D., FASHP, is Clinical Pharmacist in Anesthesia and Pain at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health) in Chicago. She also has a shared appointment in the Departments of Pharmacy Practice and Anesthesiology and a faculty appointment of Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine. She serves as co-coordinator for the UIC Department of Anesthesiology Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference. Dr. Golembiewski teaches pharmacy students and anesthesiology resident physicians, as well as participates in research and committees at UI Health.

Dr. Golembiewski earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy with honors degrees from the UIC College of Pharmacy. She has over 20 years of active pharmacy experience with the majority concentrated in the areas of operating room pharmacy, anesthesiology, and pain management.

Dr. Golembiewski is on the editorial advisory board of Pharmacy Practice News, writes a regular column for the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, and is a senior editor for LexiComp’s Anesthesiology & Critical Care Drug Handbook. She also co-authored the chapter on perioperative care in the text, Applied Therapeutics: The Clinical Use of Drugs. In addition to these contributions to the literature, Dr. Golembiewski has presented extensively on the topics of operating room pharmacy practice, anesthesia, and pain management.

Dr. Golembiewski is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), American Society for Pain Management Nursing, International Anesthesia Research Society, and Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists. She is a fellow of ASHP and received the University of Illinois Class Act Award.

Virginia L. Ghafoor, Pharm.D.
Pharmacy Specialist, Pain Management
University of Minnesota Medical Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Virginia L. Ghafoor, Pharm.D., is Pharmacy Specialist in Pain Management at University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. For more than 10 years, she has been instrumental in developing pharmacy services for acute and chronic pain management at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and throughout the Fairview health system. She advocates for pain medication safety, promotes pharmacy pain medication stewardship, and leads the health system’s Pain Medication Committee to advance evidence-based practice standards.

Dr. Ghafoor earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Early in her career she received a two-year fellowship award from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation for oncology research at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the fellowship involved working with nationally recognized leaders in cancer and pain management research. Before assuming her current position, Dr. Ghafoor was on the faculty at the University of Rhode Island (URI) College of Pharmacy and conducted research and pharmacy education programs in pain management at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. During this time she also developed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency program for the URI College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Ghafoor has authored several articles on pain topics, including intrathecal pumps, palliative sedation, and patient-controlled analgesia. She has also contributed chapters on pain management to the texts, Koda-Kimble and Young’s Applied Therapeutics: The Clinical Use of Drugs, Smart Infusion Pumps published by ASHP, and Core Curriculum for Pain Management Nursing published by American Society of Pain Management Nurses. Dr. Ghafoor is a member of ASHP and Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She currently serves on the ASHP Advisory Group for Pain Management and Palliative Care.

Viewing the Webinar as a Group

To arrange for colleagues to participate in this webinar as a group, one person serving as the group coordinator should register for the webinar. The group coordinator will receive an e-mail confirmation with instructions for joining the webinar. A few minutes before the webinar begins, the group coordinator should launch the webinar link. Once the webinar has been activated, the coordinator will have the option to open the audio via VoIP (Voice Over IP) on the webinar toolbar or use a touch tone phone with the provided dial-in information. At the conclusion of the activity, the group coordinator will complete a brief online evaluation and report the number of participants at that site. Each participant will process their own continuing education statements online.

Webinar System Requirements

Computer with speakers, internet access and basic system requirements. When you register, the webinar system will assess your system to ensure compatibility.

Voice Over IP (VoIP) via your computer or telephone to dial the toll-free number and listen to the presentation (if you choose not to use VoIP).

Be sure to view the webinar system requirements for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android prior to the activity.

Planned and conducted by ASHP Advantage and supported by an educational grant from Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.