AAMC Educational Response to Opioid Crisis at PH-USC

AHME News (10/01/19) Ray, Donna D.

The Family Medicine Center of Prisma Health-Midlands (PHC) and the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine have formulated an approach to the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) educational response to the opioid crisis. The dean of the medical college backed three faculty members for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education (CME) at the national workshop last May, along with two residents. PHC-USC's current working group of clinicians, residents, medical students, physicians, and CME coordinator are committed to improving medical education across the spectrum and augmenting patient care via medication assisted treatment (MAT). This effort extends outside residency clinics and inpatient services to include community partners and colleagues in the emergency department and clinical programs of rehabilitation counseling and physician assistants. Key insights gleaned from the initiative include the need to begin with commitment and interest by identifying MAT champions and to offer MAT Waiver Training, which is currently included in intern training. Also recommended are a partnership with the CME office so licensure and other needs are met; relationships with local community providers of city- or county-level care; and a connection with other clinical training programs, as well as a medical librarian to assist in finding and sharing educational and clinical resources in the public domain.

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