Curriculum Overview

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

Topic 1: the public health perspective
Topic 2: core concepts in pain
Topic 3: core concepts in the management of chronic pain
Topic 4: pathophysiology of pain and pharmacology of opioids
Topic 5: opioid prescribing
Topic 6: opioid stewardship in palliative care
Topic 7: safe storage and proper disposal of opioids
Topic 8: recognizing opioid use disorder
Topic 9: management of opioid use disorder
Topic 10: cultural considerations, legalities, and enhancing competence


10 Modules introducing the Canadian opioid crisis and addressing gaps in the current undergraduate medical education curriculum.

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AFMC Response to Opioid Crisis:

AFMC Response to the Opioid Crisis

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Modules for medical students

Video from Julien Lapierre, Medical Student

Why this matters

Video from Camille Fauteux, Patient Collaborator

Resources for Residents

MCQs to Supplement
the UGME Curriculum

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Resident Tool on
Pain Management

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