DCRx: The DC Center for Rational Prescribing

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  Counseling Patients About Family Planning (1.5 Credits)

Utilizes expert discussion and case studies to illustrate patient-centered counseling for family planning and contraception, addresses barriers and biases for providers, and reviews available forms of contraception.

  Naloxone in District of Columbia (0.5 Credits)

Demonstrates the indication and use of available naloxone products. Discusses the scope of the opioid epidemic nin DC, signs of an overdose, and steps for reversing a possible overdose. Focuses on the role of pharmacists but is open to all health professionals.

  Non-Opioid and Alternative Approaches to Pain (1.5 Credits)

Summarizes evidence on the use of exercise, acupuncture, spinal manipulative therapies, herbs, dietary supplements and other complementary approaches for pain. Discusses how to use NSAIDs most effectively to treat pain and prevent acute pain from becoming chronic pain. 

  Medical Cannabis for Pain (1.5 Credits)

Provides an overview of cannabinoids, the evidence for using medical cannabis to treat chronic pain, adverse effects, and interactions with opioids. Compares different routes of administering cannabinoids. 

   Tight Control in Type 2 Diabetes: More Harm than Good? (1.5 Credits)

Discusses why tight control may not be the best strategy for treating type 2 diabetes, reveals surprising facts about the benefits and harms of current treatments and strategies for diabetes care, and provides practical advice for counseling patients about healthful eating patterns and increasing physical activity.

   Industry Influence on the Practice of Medicine (1.0 Credits)

Describes how the pharmaceutical industry uses social psychology to influence therapeutic choices of healthcare providers. This eye-opening module discusses detailing (drug rep visits), key opinion leaders, subtle marketing messages in industry-funded education, and why medication samples are a marketing tool. 

   Taking a Sexual History to Reduce HIV Risk (1.5 Credits)

Explores how to take a sexual history to reduce risk of HIV and other STIs as well as defines some relevant terminology for discussing sex. Discusses motivational interviewing techniques and describes how to talk about lifestyle changes with patients. Includes a roleplay demonstration of key concepts.

   What You Need to Know About PrEP (1.5 Credits)

Discusses pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), what populations should be targeted, common and serious adverse effects of PrEP therapy, and a clinical protocol for prescribing PrEP.

Myths and Facts about Opioids (1.5 Credits)

Describes the public health impact of opioid use in the United States, outlines the history of opioid prescribing and promotion, explains neuroadaptation as it relates to opioids, and discusses adverse effects associated with opioids. Pain treatment agreements are also addressed.

Getting Patients Off of Opioids (1.5 Credits)

Differentiates between tolerance, dependence, and addiction, provides practical strategies for tapering patients off of opioids safely, discusses withdrawal, and compares buprenorphine and methadone for medication assisted treatment. Includes tools for counseling patients about addiction and dealing with chronic pain.

  Rational Prescribing for Older Adults (1.0 Credit)

Reviews the consequences of multiple medication drug use in older adults, misconceptions regarding the treatment of Type II diabetes, pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments for agitation and insomnia, deprescribing, and the importance of a team approach to medication review.

  Medical Cannabis: An Introduction to the Biochemistry & Pharmacology (1.0 Credit)

Discusses the pharmacology of major cannabinoids in Cannabis species, and the quality assessment, modes of administration, and common formulations of medical cannabis. The endocannabinoid system will also be discussed.

  Medical Cannabis: Evidence on Efficacy (1.0 Credit)

Summarizes the evidence and provides clinical perspective on the use of medical cannabis and cannabinoids for treating chronic and acute pain, cancer care, nausea/vomiting, neurologic conditions, glaucoma, and psychiatric conditions.

  Medical Cannabis: Adverse Effects and Drug Interactions (1.0 Credit)

Provides evidence-based information on the safety profile of medical cannabis. Topics include common contraindications, adverse effects, and drug interactions. Specific effects on the respiratory, cardiovascular, immune, neuropsychiatric, reproductive, and other organ systems will be discussed.

  Drug Approval and Promotion in the United States (1.0 Credit)

Describes the United States drug approval process from pre-clinical trials to post-marketing surveillance, regulation of drug advertising and promotion, adverse event surveillance, and how to report adverse drug events and misleading advertising to FDA. 

  Generic Drugs: Myths and Facts (1.0 Credit)

Describes the standards the FDA uses to approve generic drugs; differences and similarities between branded and generic drugs; the difference between generic drugs and generic drug names; bioequivalence; patent extension techniques; and common myths about generic drugs.

Payment for Receiving CME or CPE Credit

Healthcare Professionals Licensed in the District of Columbia (All Modules FREE)

Use code “DCHCP” to enroll at no cost.

Healthcare Professionals NOT Licensed in the District of Columbia (All modules for $20)


  1. Click the "Log in" button to the right to create a new account. (You will receive an email to finish registration.)
  2. Log in to your new account and pay for the DCRx modules at our registration site.  
  3. Follow the instruction and create a profile in our CE system.
  4. Receive your enrollment code and receipt
  5. Enter your enrollment code in the box to the right and click "Redeem."
  6. Click on MY COURSES at the top of the page.


Log in and click the MY COURSES tab at the top of the page. You do not need to enter the enrollment code again.

Accreditation for CME or CPE Credit

The following information applies to each module. 

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The George Washington University Hospital, Department of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Each course is approved for 1.0 CPE hours. Note to Pharmacists: Credit will be transmitted to ACPE within 40 days of participation.

Non-CME Options

Don’t need continuing education credits? We are introducing a non-credit module that provides free access to all DCRx videos.

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The module slides are available without CME credit at dchealth.dc.gov/dcrx


The DC Center for Rational Prescribing (DCRx) provides information about medications and other therapeutic options to physicians and healthcare professionals. Rational prescribing is defined as choosing treatments based on the best-available evidence and benefits that outweigh harms. High cost can be considered a possible harm. In order to help healthcare professionals in the District prescribe rationally, the DC Department of Health is providing non-commercial, independent continuing education, along with access to other educational resources.

DCRx offers online continuing education courses, free to DC physicians and healthcare professionals, and at minimal cost to healthcare professionals not licensed in Washington, DC.

Returning User? Click the MY COURSES tab at the top of the page to access modules.

More Non-Commercial CME and Educational Resources

Visit http://doh.dc.gov/dcrx-resources. 



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Non-Credit Access

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The DC Center for Rational Prescribing

For questions about DCRx, please email DCRx@gwu.edu.

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