Pharmacology Education: Addressing the Opioid and Substance Abuse Crisis

Wednesday April 28, 2021

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern Time (ET)

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Chair :

Jayne Reuben
Texas A&M University College of Dentistry

Laurel Gorman
University of Central Florida College of Medicine

In the wake of a national crisis involving opioid over-prescribing and overdose deaths, the AAMC and other critical healthcare educational bodies have recommended critical steps across different healthcare fields to improve the integration and innovation of opioid and drugs of abuse education at the foundational and clinical levels. Pharmacology educators have an essential role to play in this process in developing education processes, vertical and horizontal integration of addictive substance content, and the implementation of pain management education in medical, dental, pharmacy, undergraduate, and graduate courses as well as in interprofessional education. This symposium will elaborate on national education recommendations and briefly share examples from pharmacologists developing and implementing innovative curricula or active learning approaches in different pharmacology educational programs. The chairs and presenters will facilitate an interactive small group discussion to provide a venue for debate and discussion among peers, and they will serve as an expert panel to address questions at the end.

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Laurel Gorman - University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Call to Action: Pharmacology Curricula to Address Opioid Use Disorder

This session will discuss major recommendations from the 2019 national AAMC opioid education workshop on improving opioid and substance abuse education at the preclinical and clinical levels across all healthcare disciplines. The presenter will share innovative pharmacology educational processes and approaches implemented in her allopathic medical school’s nationally recognized, vertically integrated opioid curriculum.

Rachel Linger - Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic Medical School Innovative Approaches

This session will share innovative approaches from an osteopathic medical school that include expanding basic opioid education with an elective pharmacology clerkship course in integrative pain management as well as substance use disorder prevention and treatment. This presenter will describe using IPE processes to improve opioid education.

Leslie Newman - Ohio State University College of Pharmacy

Active Learning Methods for Pharmacy School Drugs of Abuse Education

This session will describe active learning methods used to promote critical thinking about drugs of abuse education in pharmacy and undergraduate education. The presenter will also discuss developing a course to integrate education involving genetic revelations about subtance use and implications in pain management.

John Mantsch - Medical College of Wisconsin

Undergraduate, Graduate, and Health Professional Drugs of Abuse Education

This session will address the integration of drugs of abuse education into undergraduate and health professions courses. The session will also address the education of graduate students on addiction medicine in order to inspire research into better solutions

Last Updated: February 8, 2021
Key Dates
April 27 – 30, 2021

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