The crisis of overdose deaths related to opioids has changed the face of medicine in the United States; no longer are opioids prescribed nearly as freely by primary care physicians or pain medicine physicians. In fact, many pain clinics (especially multiple in the academic sector) have opted to become interventional-only and/or not prescribe any opioids at all. This has presented a significant problem to graduating pain fellows who often leave one year of fellowship training with little to no experience in opioid prescribing yet are expected to do this work regularly in the private sector and to be experts in the safe use of these medications and consequences.
To fill this major educational gap, the APPD and Dr. Sudheer Potru present a series of challenging patient simulations related to opioid prescribing, addiction, violence and the pain clinic, and other issues. This series will include six one-hour webinars, each with a didactic session, a simulation, and a question and answer portion.