Leveraging E-Learning to Respond to the Opioid Crisis. IAMSE Annual Meeting. International Association of Medical Science Educators. June 2019
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Jacqueline Barnett1 and Rachel Porter1*, 1Duke University Physician Assistant Program, Durham, NC, 27701 U.S.A.
As part of a federal grant aimed at addressing the opioid crisis, the Duke Physician Assistant
(PA) Program developed three online modules that are available without cost to health
profession students and clinicians across the country. This abstract describes the project and its
The Duke PA Program convened an interprofessional team and developed interactive learning
modules related to opioid use disorders. The modules are web-based and became available to
students and practitioners at Duke and across the country in July 2018. The three modules, Safe
Opioid Prescribing, Recognizing and Treating Opioid Misuse and Abuse, and Opioids and Pain
Management have been incorporated into the Duke PA Program curriculum, and efforts are
underway to include them in other clinical education training programs. The design of the
modules meet the continuing medical education and licensure/certification requirements for
providers in NC and other states who order or administer control substances. Individuals can
access the modules without cost through Duke or at www.aheconnect.com/pcte, making them
accessible across NC, the US, and beyond.
Since launching the modules three months ago, we have recorded 190 module completions.
Initial results indicate that as students and clinicians complete the modules, they are increasing
their knowledge and skills around diagnosing and treating opioid use disorders, and developing
attitudes that take away the stigma of addiction.
There are more individuals with an opioid use disorder than there are clinicians trained to care
for them. This innovative education project will assist in efforts to better prepare current and
future clinicians to participate in the care of those with an opioid use disorder and fill a much needed
gap in communities.
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Porter, Rachel Medical Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
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