Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has called the current opioid crisis “the state’s greatest public health threat.” As part of his comprehensive and collaborative response, Gov. Baker convened the Medical Education Working Group on Prescription Drug Misuse, which brought together UMass Medical School, the Massachusetts Department of Public of Health, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the state’s other three medical schools to establish core competencies designed to ensure that graduating medical students are well-prepared in the prevention and management of prescription drug misuse.

In November 2015 the working group’s efforts culminated with the recommendation of 10 core competencies centered on the prevention, treatment and management of prescription drug misuse.

At UMMS, beginning in the 2015-16 academic year, students in the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Nursing will build upon existing classroom learning to incorporate all 10 competencies. A series of required, hands-on training sessions will help to optimally prepare our graduates to be sound prescribers, allowing them to gain experiences such as responding to opioid overdose with the use of naloxone, coaching at-risk patients to seek addiction care, confronting their own potential unconscious biases and practicing empathic communication skills.

 
OSTI Training Sessions
   
Thursday, Sept. 15
    8:00 am - 11:00 am     
Thursday, Sept. 15 2:00 pm -  5:00 pm
Friday, Sept. 16
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, Sept. 16
1:00 pm -  4:00 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 21
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday, Sept. 21 2:00 pm -  5:00 pm
Friday, Sept. 23
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, Sept. 23
1:00 pm -  4:00 pm
Thursday, Oct. 13
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday, Oct. 13
2:00 pm -  5:00 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 19
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday, Oct. 19
2:00 pm -  5:00 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 26
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday, Oct. 26 2:00 pm -  5:00 pm
   


We are currently recruiting lay people to portray opioid cases: these are excellent opportunities for new-comers, as OSTI SPs will receive outstanding training, and work alongside experienced staff.
 

The University of Massachusetts Medical School, along with our affiliates and community partners, is actively responding to the Governor's charge. Our team is now implementing a plan to ensure that all UMMS graduates in the class of 2016 who will become licensed prescribers (125 from the School of Medicine and 50 from the Graduate School of Nursing) will participate in a required education program designed to address all 10 core competencies. Our UMMS initiative, called OSTI (Opioid and Safe Prescribing Training Immersion) is anchored in iCELS, the interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation, a premier educational center and leader in simulation based training, where our students will learn the skills of safe prescribing with active, hands-on learning with standardized patients who provide medical learners with real-world patient care scenarios in realistic settings. For more information on becoming an SP, review this flyer, or contact iCELs at iCELS@umassmed.edu.


We are currently inviting 
interprofessional colleagues from across the region to participate in the UMMS OSTI objective structured clinical exams. 
 

Critical to the success of our project are the outstanding faculty clinicians who will be serving as the small group facilitators. They will directly teach our OSTI learners by observing them in one on one student-SP encounters and providing individualized feedback on skills and strategies for improvement. Our OSTI facilitators include an interdisciplinary array of health care practitioners with real world experience in direct patient care, addiction management, and safe prescribing. For more information, review this flyer, or contact Annie.Delaney-Magee@umassmed.edu.

 

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