Connecting with Patients for Tobacco Free Living Online CME Course

Access to online streaming course is available from the date of purchase until the course expires on March 31, 2025.
Credit must be claimed within that time period.

Course Directors: Michael V. Burke, Ed.D., J. Taylor Hays, M.D., and Therese M. Shumaker, M.S., M.A.

Connecting with Patients for Tobacco Free Living is a three module, 3.5 hours, online learning experience using video, case-based learning, and interactive responses that prepares healthcare providers to motivate, treat, and support patients in becoming tobacco free. Tobacco use disorder is one of the leading causes of preventable death worldwide. Treatment consists of counseling for behavior change and pharmacotherapy. However, despite the availability of effective treatments, most patients do not receive treatment for tobacco use disorder due to provider difficulties in engaging and counseling patients as well as misperceptions about the safety and utilization of pharmacotherapy. This course provides participants with the skills and understanding to better engage patients, and the knowledge to deliver effective, evidence-based treatment and support.

Target Audience

This course is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals who are interested in incorporating more effective treatments into their practice and developing more comprehensive services to meet the needs of patients who are tobacco dependent. Physicians, tobacco treatment specialists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists, psychologists, chemical dependency counselors, respiratory therapists, nurses, dental hygienists, social workers and other allied health professionals may find the course beneficial.

Learning Objectives

Upon conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the best strategies for opening and continuing a dialogue with patients about tobacco use.
  • Implement effective strategies for empathically engaging patients and encouraging an evidence based smoking cessation attempt.
  • Employ communication strategies that are most likely to support successful outcomes.
  • Elicit pertinent information from the patient’s history and current health and motivational status to collaboratively develop a best practice treatment plan.
  • Provide best practice behavioral and pharmacologic treatment.
  • Select effective messaging to prevent relapse.
  • Identify common predictors of relapse and incorporate coping strategies into treatment planning.
  • Deliver specific communication and lapse management interventions to build confidence and maintain commitment to abstinence.

Utilization of this Mayo Clinic online (enduring materials) course does not indicate nor guarantee competence or proficiency in the performance of any procedures which may be in this course.

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.50 ABS
  • 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 3.50 Attendance
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Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Statement(s):

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME requirements of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABS credit.

Other Healthcare Professionals
A record of attendance will be provided to all registrants for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, specialty societies or other professional associations.

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Available Credit

  • 3.50 ABS
  • 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 3.50 Attendance


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Access to online streaming course is available from the date of purchase until the course expires on March 31, 2025. Credit must be claimed within that time period.

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