AFMC Response to the Opioid Crisis
Learning modules for medical students
The curriculum is comprised of 10 modules and an introduction module about the Canadian opioid crisis and will addresses gaps in current undergraduate medical education curriculum.
These modules will train future physicians to:
- work with patients to manage pain
- openly communicate the possible side effects of opioids
- address the care of persons living with opioid use disorder
- assess the patient’s profile and adjust the prescription accordingly
- support patients to safely store and dispose of opioids
- The Public Health Perspective
- Core Concepts in Pain
- Core Concepts in the Management of Chronic Pain
- Pathophysiology of pain and Pharmacology of Opioids
- Opioid Prescribing
- Opioid Stewardship in Palliative Care
- Safe Storage and Proper Disposal of Opioids
- Recognizing Opioid Use Disorder
- Management of Opioid Use Disorder
- Cultural Considerations, Legalities, and Enhancing Competence
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Faculty Development Tool
Pearls for teachers supervising medical students and residents
Faculty Development Podcast
ISSUE BASED QUESTIONS
- THE PROJECT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
Provided high level input into the overall progress and outcomes of the project.
- THE UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM EXPERT COMMITTEE
Provided content consultation and advice into the curriculum; Develops a plan of integration into the UGME programs of their respective organizations/university.
- THE TRANSITION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Provided advice towards the implementation of the curriculum.
In addition to these committees, the Medical Council of Canada established the MCQ Assessment Development Committee and OSCE Assessment Development Committee which were responsible for developing a bank of MCQ’s and OSCE’s relevant to the curriculum for randomized inclusion on the MCC Qualifying Examinations I & II.
The modules were created for undergraduate medical students. However, they are available to stakeholders, other health care providers and community members.
Dr. Lisa Graves, Project Lead
Fran Kirby, Director, Member Services
Robert Van Hoorn, Project Manager
Joyce Katshunga, Project Coordinator
Shanna Himburg, Project Assistant