Simulation-Based Learning for Methadone Prescribing Skills
Ontario physicians who completed the opioid dependence treatment core course and are looking to complete the practicum component in the training required to prescribe methadone. Nurse practitioners who completed the opioid dependence treatment core course and are looking for a practicum training.
$200 This course is offered at a discounted rate, under the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MoHLTC) funding to support those affected by opioid crisis, and under the CAMH De-implementation of High-Risk Opioid Prescribing and Use initiative. In their announcement from August 29, 2017, the MoHLTC committed to provide urgent funding to address the opioid crisis. MoHLTC identified treatment for opioid use disorder “as one of three key pillars of a comprehensive approach to addressing Ontario’s opioid crisis,” and a key objective to the plan is to increase addiction treatment in primary care. The Simulation based learning for methadone prescribing skills, provides the necessary training to increase capacity of primary care physicians and nurse practitioners, and facilitates their ability to treat people with opioid use disorder.
The course is offered as an opportunity for physicians and nurse practitioners to practice methadone prescribing skills in an environment that imitates real-life situations, without any risk to real patients.
In Ontario this course is approved by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) as an alternative for the practicum component of the training required to prescribe methadone.
Conduct a comprehensive assessment of a patient for the suitability of MMT, including diagnosis for moderate-severe opioid use disorder.
Initiate patient's treatment with methadone in compliance with clinical guideline
Titrate methadone to a stable dose based on assessment of patient
Manage methadone treatment based on patient clinical stability during maintenance phase including: take-home doses, missed doses, and relapse events, in a manner that is safe for patient and the community
The simulation learning comprises cases of patients; each includes simulated appointments in different points of time in their treatment. Each learner will have the opportunity to actively participate in three sessions of simulation and observe six other sessions, followed by debrief. The debriefs of the sessions will be led by facilitators and include trainees, peers and simulators.
Certification and Accreditation
This activity is an Accredited Simulation Activity (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Toronto.
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 13.50 Mainpro+ credits.