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CYBERAPPRENTISSAGE SUR LES DÉPENDANCES

Notions de l’AFMC sur l’approche biopsychosociale aux dépendances

Cyberapprentissage sur les dépendances

L’AFMC et la Palix Foundation ont formé un partenariat pour financer et appuyer l’élaboration d’une série d’outils de cyberapprentissage sur les premières étapes du développement cérébral et biologique et les dépendances aux fins de l’éducation médicale prédoctorale. Cette série de ressources inclut des patients virtuels, des notions de base (cybermanuel) et une série de balados. Parmi les sujets couverts, on peut mentionner les concepts fondamentaux du développement dans la petite enfance.

En 2010, l’Association des facultés de médecine du Canada, forte d’un financement de la Palix Foundation, a procédé à une analyse contextuelle des ressources pédagogiques relatives au matériel prédoctoral.

Veuillez noter que ces ressources sont disponibles en anglais seulement.

Cyberapprentissage sur les dépendances

Cybermanuel sur les notions

Révision

Dre Nancy Brager – Département de psychiatrie et Département de médecine interne, Université de Calgary

Dr Peter Butt – Département de médecine familiale, Université de la Saskatchewan

Nicole Sherren, Palix Foundation, directrice scientifique et agente de programme

Instance de parrainage :

Palix Foundation

[Disponible en anglais seulement]

QC code to download the Addictions ebook

Les Notions de l’AFMC sur l’approche biopsychosociale aux dépendances mettent l’accent sur les concepts de base de l’aspect scientifique fondamental et social des dépendances, notamment les concepts-clés, le volet scientifique et la recherche. Elles traitent également de la médecine spécialisée sur les dépendances, y compris la pratique réflexive, les principes de base de la gestion clinique et les éléments des soins et des traitements de qualité.

Destiné aux étudiants en médecine et à leurs enseignants, ce cybermanuel sera également utile aux résidents en médecine, aux étudiants des autres professions de la santé et aux professionnels de la santé intéressés à parfaire leurs connaissances sur les dépendances. Les concepts discutés dans le cybermanuel sont liés aux objectifs de l’examen d’aptitude du Conseil médical du Canada.

Vous pouvez lire le cybermanuel à partir du début, ou passer au chapitre qui vous intéresse. En plus de présenter des concepts de base sur les dépendances, chaque chapitre renferme du texte supplémentaire comprenant les définitions de termes qui peuvent être nouveaux pour les lecteurs. Des encadrés réservés aux bollés ou aux passionnés, renferment du matériel qui intéressera les lecteurs dotés d’un esprit curieux ainsi que des liens vers des ressources documentaires supplémentaires. Plusieurs chapitres comprennent des études de cas ou des liens vers des patients interactifs. Nous avons inclus un glossaire de définitions pour référence rapide.

Patients virtuels

Patients virtuels

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Miriam
Interact with Miriam and her family as a series of five individual cases. If you complete all, you will get a better understanding of addiction beyond being a disorder that affects individuals to one that impacts families and vice versa.
Start a case: Miriam Age 15 | Ethel | Dudley | Miriam Age 42 | Ashley

Marilyn
Assess your clinical reasoning skills and expand your understanding of process and substance addictions. You will meet Jake, a 15-year-old boy, in a state of psychosis who was brought in to the Emergency Department by his parents; Marilyn, a 74-year-old woman who presents to her family doctor's office after a fall at home; and a 32 year old male who comes to his family doctor with marital problems.
Start a case: Female, 74 | Female, 45 | Female, 35 | Male, 9 | Male, 15 | Male, 32 | Male, 48 | Male, 60

You can access these cases all together here.

Acknowledgements

Produced by:

Marcus Law, MD MBA MEd CCFP Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Peter Selby, MBBS CCFP FCFP DipABAM Chief of Addiction,

CAMH Reviewed by: UofT/CAMH Virtual Patient Advisory Committee*

Developed by: The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Sponsored by: Palix Foundation

Medical Careers
A game for workaholic medical students. Students must successfully balance money, reputation and health, according to the winning strategy that each player defines at the outset of the game. Have fun and explore some of the concepts from Early Brain & Biological Development around process addictions and maladaptive behaviours.
Start the case: Medical Careers

Street Drug Guide
Reference the Street Drug Guide for information that is not easily available from traditional medical sites. The reference tool includes a set of short cases on how to engage with patients on their use of street drugs. There is also a personal web notebook to complement the guide. 
Start the case: Street Drug Guide

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Seven short virtual cases
Seven short virtual patient cases related to street drugs on topics such as delirium, troubled students, deteriorating mental state, prenatal issues, anger and substance issue, vomiting.

Start a case:
Adam | Alice | ;Ann | Beth | Bruce | Joan | Vince

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Harriet
The Harriet case offers students an opportunity to learn about issues of addiction and mental health within an emergency room setting. This case is broken into three main sections – sad, bad and mad Harriet. The learner is encouraged to investigate, explore, ask questions, and make decisions based on realistic clinical encounters with the patient, members of the patient’s family, and caregiver team.
Start the case: Harriet 

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Polly
The patient is a 45 year old female nurse, Polly, who is on longterm disability following a back injury at work.  Her previous GP has retired and she has come to the office seeking a new primary care physician.  There are limited records from the previous GPs office.  Her chief medical concern is her chronic low back pain.
Start the case: Polly 

Acknowledgements

Produced by:David Topps, MD CCFP FCFP
TIDE, University of Calgary

Developed by: The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

Sponsored by: Palix Foundation

Reviewed by: TIDE Virtual Patient Advisory Committee**

*UofT/CAMH Virtual Patient Advisory Committee Dr. William Greene, Assistant Professor, Division of Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida Dr. Marcus Law, Educational Technology, University of Toronto Dr. Francine Lemire, Associate Executive Director and Director of Professional Affairs, College of Family Physicians of Canada Steve Pennell, Manager, Health Education Technology and Learning, Health Sciences Information & Media Service (HSIMS), Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland Dr. Jorge Perez-Parada, Assistant Professor; Undergraduate Medical Education Director (Clinical), University of Alberta Lindy VanRiper, Psychiatry Resident, University of Alberta Dr. Peter Selby, Clinical Director, Addictions Program, CAMH Nicole Sherren, Scientific Director & Program Officer, Palix Foundation Irving Gold, Vice President, Government Relations and External Affairs, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Matthew Raegale, Project Manager, e-Learning, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

**TIDE Virtual Patient Advisory Committee: Dr. Dave Campbell, MD Graduate, University of Calgary Dr. Jean Clinton, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, Associate, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University John Costa, Information Technology Unit, University of Saskatchewan Dr. Aravind Ganesh, MD Graduate, University of Calgary Dr. David Topps, Faculty, University of Calgary Dr. Bryan Kolb, Faculty, Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge Nicole Sherren, Scientific Director & Program Officer, Palix Foundation Irving Gold, Vice President, Government Relations and External Affairs, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Catherine Peirce, Project Manager, e-Learning, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) developed the virtual patient cases as part of the Addiction e-Learning for Undergraduate Medical Education (UME). The virtual patients include a set of self-directed, interactive cases designed to highlight intergenerational issues related to addiction. There is a point-of-care reference tool with streetwise phrases and virtual patient cases for group based study with teaching guides. These virtual patient cases were developed by e-learning, clinician educators and addictions experts from across Canada and the United States with sponsorship from the Palix Foundation. 

À propos des Notions

L’AFMC, de concert avec des éducateurs médicaux et des spécialistes des dépendances, a élaboré une série d’outils de cyberapprentissage sur les dépendances et leurs racines dans les premières étapes du développement cérébral et biologique. La série comprend des balados, 18 cas de patients virtuels et ce cybermanuel sur l’approche biopsychosociale aux dépendances.

Le cybermanuel a été conçu pour fournir aux étudiants en médecine du premier cycle et à leurs enseignants les ressources qui aident à constituer leurs connaissances fondamentales du domaine, notamment une nouvelle recherche qui a changé la manière dont nous envisageons les sources et les facteurs des dépendances. Tous ceux qui ont collaboré à l’élaboration de ces Notions espèrent que les apprenants et les éducateurs, en plus d’apprécier les aspects liés aux sciences fondamentales et sociales de la médecine axée sur les dépendances, trouveront également utile la section sur la pratique clinique. On y explique pourquoi tous les médecins devraient s’investir dans le domaine de la médecine axée sur les dépendances. On encourage ainsi les étudiants en médecine à lutter contre les préjugés et la stigmatisation associés aux dépendances et on leur offre les principes fondamentaux de la gestion clinique, notamment l’anamnèse, le dépistage, la détection et l’examen physique. Le cybermanuel traite des troubles concomitants et du traitement ainsi que du continuum des soins pour les personnes touchées et leurs familles. On y trouve de l’information sur les interventions pharmacologiques, le modèle de gestion de la maladie chronique et le rétablissement.

Contexte

Le portail a été créé à la suite de deux analyses contextuelles liées aux programmes d’études et aux ressources sur les dépendances dans le domaine de l’éducation médicale prédoctorale au Canada qui ont été mandatées par la Palix Foundation. Exécutées en 2009 et en 2010, ces analyses ont révélé le peu de contenu sur les dépendances dans le programme d’études. Elles ont aussi découvert l’écart entre les connaissances découlant des activités de recherche nouvelles et émergentes sur les dépendances et les programmes d’études existants.

Au moment de l’étude, les activités identifiées dans le cadre du programme d’études étaient souvent limitées aux dépendances associées à la consommation de substances (alcool, tabac, etc.). La formation et les renseignements sur les dépendances comportementales sont extrêmement limités, la dépendance au jeu étant plus susceptible d’être soulevée que toute autre dépendance comportementale ou liée aux processus, comme les dépendances à la nourriture, au sexe, à l’internet, aux jeux vidéos ou au travail. En outre, les procédés développementaux sous-jacents présents dans l’ontologie de la dépendance, comme les stratégies de prévention, le dépistage, le traitement exhaustif et le contrôle des cas, n’ont pas été abordés de façon importante dans les programmes d’éducation médicale prédoctorale. En conséquence, la Palix Foundation, en partenariat avec l’Association des facultés de médecine du Canada (AFMC), a lancé le projet de développement des ressources de cyberapprentissage sur les dépendances pour l’éducation médicale.

Les objectifs du projet consistaient à :

  • harmoniser les compétences en éducation médicale avec la recherche émergente sur le développement cérébral et biologique fondé sur l’expérience en rapport avec le développement dans la petite enfance et son impact permanent sur les dépendances;
  • appuyer les experts en la matière au Canada;
  • établir des liens entre les chercheurs, les experts en la matière et les spécialistes du cyberapprentissage dans les facultés de médecine canadiennes;
  • créer une ressource nouvelle et innovante pertinente pour les éducateurs du niveau prédoctoral et les apprenants au Canada.



Auteurs

George Koob, PhD Mark Gold, MD Mahdi Razafsha, MD Benjamin Srivastava, MD Robin Gibb, MD Nicole Letourneau, PhD Judy Cameron, PhD Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD Mischa Tursich, PhD Doris Payer, PhD Glenda MacQueen, MD, PhD Thomas McLellan, PhD Peter Butt, MD David Topps, MD Sonya Lee, MD Nancy Brager, MD Peter Selby, MD Nadia Minian, PhD Hillary Connolly, CAMH Dennis Pusch, PhD Keith Dobson, PhD Laurie Zawertailo, PhD Anna Ivanova, BSc, MA, MPH Derek Puddester, MD, PhD Ralph Earle, PhD Amy Hesler, RN, LMFT Brenda Garrett, RN, MC, LPC Nicole Burma, candidate au PhD Erik Fraunberger, candidate à la MSc Heather Leduc-Pessah, candidate au PhD

Équipe chargée du projet

Matt Raegele, coordonnateur de projet, AMFC Brenda Du Plessis, AFMC, développeuse Web Irving Gold, AFMC, ancien v.-p., Relations gouvernementales et Affaires externes Barbie Shore, AFMC, ancienne gestionnaire de projet Catherine Peirce, AFMC, ancienne gestionnaire de projet

Révision stylistique

Eva Radford

Cyberapprentissage sur les dépendances

Baladodiffusions

Supplementary resources for each of the episodes in a podcast series on early brain and biological development and addiction.

INTRODUCTION

This is the first episode in a podcast series on Early Brain Development and Addiction for Undergraduate Medical Education.

The Neuro-Developmental Pathway Origins of Addiction is the first in a series of podcasts on early brain and biological development and its connection to addiction. As such, it introduces the themes that will be addressed throughout the series, including adverse childhood experiences; brain architecture; the neuro-developmental origins of addiction; and the prevention, intervention and treatment of addiction. The podcast provides a definition of addiction, which includes substance and process addictions, and begins to explore the impact of adverse childhood experiences on the reward system of the brain.

This podcast series is based on lectures from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, a knowledge mobilization initiative designed to translate scientific research into policy and practice. The podcasts were developed by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada with guidance from a project advisory committee, and produced by Hugh Kellam and Colla MacDonald at the University of Ottawa. Narration was done by Hugh Kellam. This project was sponsored by the Palix Foundation.

Podcast 1: The Neuro-Developmental Pathway Origins of Addiction - Study Guide

Podcast 1: The Neuro-Developmental Pathway Origins of Addiction

CORE CONCEPTS OF EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Second episode in a podcast series on Early Brain Development and Addiction for Undergraduate Medical Education.

Podcast 2, Brain Architecture and Development, highlights how the brain develops; the effect of early experiences and stress on brain development; how brain architecture regulates biological systems responsible for complex human behaviours; and how social interactions help guide development of the brain.

This podcast series is based on lectures from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, a knowledge mobilization initiative designed to translate scientific research into policy and practice. The podcasts were developed by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada with guidance from a project advisory committee, and produced by Hugh Kellam and Colla MacDonald at the University of Ottawa. Narration was done by Hugh Kellam. This project was sponsored by the Palix Foundation.

Podcast 2: Brain Architecture and Development - Study Guide

Podcast 2: Brain Architecture and Development

Third episode in a podcast series on Early Brain Development and Addiction for Undergraduate Medical Education.

Podcast 3, Early Experiences and Gene Expression, highlights the concept of epigenetics and how genes are expressed through interaction with different environments. The podcast describes the long-term effects of epigenetics, and looks at how early negative experiences harm brain architecture whereas positive interactive relationships (or serve and return experiences) build resilience over time.

This podcast series is based on lectures from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, a knowledge mobilization initiative designed to translate scientific research into policy and practice. The podcasts were developed by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada with guidance from a project advisory committee, and produced by Hugh Kellam and Colla MacDonald at the University of Ottawa. Narration was done by Hugh Kellam. This project was sponsored by the Palix Foundation.

Podcast 3: Early Experiences and Gene Expression - Study Guide

Podcast 3: Early Experiences and Gene Expression

 

Fourth episode in a podcast series on Early Brain Development and Addiction for Undergraduate Medical Education.

Podcast 4, Building Cognitive, Emotional and Social Capacities, highlights the importance of building a solid foundation of cognitive, emotional and social skills early in a child’s life; the negative effects of such skills not being developed effectively; and how the serve and return interactions between a caregiver and child are the cornerstone for resilient cognitive, emotional and social capabilities.

This podcast series is based on lectures from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, a knowledge mobilization initiative designed to translate scientific research into policy and practice. The podcasts were developed by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada with guidance from a project advisory committee, and produced by Hugh Kellam and Colla MacDonald at the University of Ottawa. Narration was done by Hugh Kellam. This project was sponsored by the Palix Foundation.

Podcast 4: Building Cognitive, Emotional and Social Capacities - Study Guide

Podcast 4: Building Cognitive, Emotional and Social Capacities

Fifth episode in a podcast series on Early Brain Development and Addiction for Undergraduate Medical Education.

Podcast 5, Positive, Tolerable and Toxic Stress, identifies the three types of stress that individuals encounter daily; describes how the body’s allostatic response to situations of toxic stress creates the allostatic load; and identifies the sources and long-term effects of toxic stress on a person’s body and life.

This podcast series is based on lectures from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, a knowledge mobilization initiative designed to translate scientific research into policy and practice. The podcasts were developed by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada with guidance from a project advisory committee, and produced by Hugh Kellam and Colla MacDonald at the University of Ottawa. Narration was done by Hugh Kellam. This project was sponsored by the Palix Foundation.

Podcast 5: Positive, Tolerable and Toxic Stress - Study Guide

Podcast 5: Positive, Tolerable and Toxic Stress

Sixth episode in a podcast series on Early Brain Development and Addiction for Undergraduate Medical Education.

Podcast 6, Brain Plasticity and Behavioural Change, describes brain plasticity; its importance in the development of brain structure and processes; and its influence on behaviours. It highlights pre- and postnatal factors that influence the pruning process and brain plasticity during the early developmental years, and how the ability to change brain architecture and behaviours decreases over time.

The podcasts were developed by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada with guidance from a project advisory committee, and produced by Hugh Kellam and Colla MacDonald at the University of Ottawa. Narration was done by Hugh Kellam. This project was sponsored by the Palix Foundation. 

Podcast 6: Brain Plasticity and Behavioural Change - Study Guide

Podcast 6: Brain Plasticity and Behavioural Change

Seventh episode in a podcast series on Early Brain Development and Addiction for Undergraduate Medical Education.

Podcast 7, Intervention and Treatment in Children’s Mental Health, highlights the importance of level, supportive environments during childhood development; examines the negative consequences of maltreatment (such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and addiction), which can continue throughout life; and identifies treatment options involving healthcare professionals, parents and children exposed to toxic stress.

This podcast series is based on lectures from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, a knowledge mobilization initiative designed to translate scientific research into policy and practice. The podcasts were developed by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada with guidance from a project advisory committee, and produced by Hugh Kellam and Colla MacDonald at the University of Ottawa. Narration was done by Hugh Kellam. This project was sponsored by the Palix Foundation.

Podcast 7: Intervention and Treatment in Children’s Mental Health - Study Guide

Podcast 7: Intervention and Treatment in Children's Mental Health

ADDICTION

Eighth episode in a podcast series on Early Brain Development and Addiction for Undergraduate Medical Education.

Podcast 8, Different Kinds of Addiction, offers a definition of addiction. It highlights the neurobiology and behaviour patterns common to both substance and process addiction. The podcast also addresses concurrent addiction and the consequences of associated interactions.

This podcast series is based on lectures from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, a knowledge mobilization initiative designed to translate scientific research into policy and practice. The podcasts were developed by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada with guidance from a project advisory committee, and produced by Hugh Kellam and Colla MacDonald at the University of Ottawa. Narration was done by Hugh Kellam. This project was sponsored by the Palix Foundation.

Podcast 8: Different Kinds of Addiction - Study Guide

Podcast 8: Different Kinds of Addiction

Ninth episode in a podcast series on Early Brain Development and Addiction for Undergraduate Medical Education.

Podcast 9, Prevention, Intervention and Treatment of Addiction, highlights the fact that addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease and that, if its treatment is to achieve lasting success, it must be comprehensive and address the individual as a whole. The podcast describes the chronic disease management model of care and explains how a number of its principles can be applied in effective addiction intervention. It also describes the design and characteristics of a successful Physician Health Program.

This podcast series is based on lectures from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, a knowledge mobilization initiative designed to translate scientific research into policy and practice. The podcasts were developed by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada with guidance from a project advisory committee, and produced by Hugh Kellam and Colla MacDonald at the University of Ottawa. Narration was done by Hugh Kellam. This project was sponsored by the Palix Foundation.

Podcast 9: Prevention, Intervention and Treatment of Addiction - Study Guide

Podcast 9: Prevention, Intervention and Treatment of Addiction

Tenth episode in a podcast series on Early Brain Development and Addiction for Undergraduate Medical Education.

Podcast 10, Early Trauma in Addiction, highlights the link between childhood trauma and addictions and describes the many ways in which trauma can manifest in an individual. The podcast illustrates how traumatic events can lead to a sensitized nervous system, and how exposure to trauma damages the limbic system, resulting in altered memory and emotional memory.

This podcast series is based on lectures from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, a knowledge mobilization initiative designed to translate scientific research into policy and practice. The podcasts were developed by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada with guidance from a project advisory committee, and produced by Hugh Kellam and Colla MacDonald at the University of Ottawa. Narration was done by Hugh Kellam. This project was sponsored by the Palix Foundation.

Podcast 10: Early Trauma in Addiction - Study Guide

Podcast 10: Early Trauma in Addiction

This is the eleventh episode in a podcast series on Early Brain Development and Addiction for Undergraduate Medical Education.

 

Podcast 11, Chronic Disease Management Model of Addiction Treatment: A Healthcare System Response, highlights the principles of the chronic disease management model of care, and examines the successes of Primary Care Networks and how their design and principles apply to addiction treatment.

This podcast series is based on lectures from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, a knowledge mobilization initiative designed to translate scientific research into policy and practice. The podcasts were developed by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada with guidance from a project advisory committee, and produced by Hugh Kellam and Colla MacDonald at the University of Ottawa. Narration was done by Hugh Kellam. This project was sponsored by the Palix Foundation.

Podcast 11: Chronic Disease Management Model of Addiction Treatment: A Healthcare System Response - Study Guide

Podcast 11: Chronic Disease Management Model of Addiction Treatment: A Healthcare System Response

This is the twelfth episode in a podcast series on Early Brain Development and Addiction for Undergraduate Medical Education.

Podcast 12, Quality Improvement Strategies and Evaluation for Addiction Treatment Programs, highlights the differences between effectiveness, performance and quality in addiction treatment. The podcast describes the significance of understanding which elements of a program need to be measured and how to measure them in the evaluation process. It also addresses the importance of creating a solid link between expectations and evaluation, in order to produce practical outcomes for a program.

This podcast series is based on lectures from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, a knowledge mobilization initiative designed to translate scientific research into policy and practice. The podcasts were developed by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada with guidance from a project advisory committee, and produced by Hugh Kellam and Colla MacDonald at the University of Ottawa. Narration was done by Hugh Kellam. This project was sponsored by the Palix Foundation.

Podcast 12: Quality Improvement Strategies and Evaluation for Addiction Treatment Programs - Study Guide

Podcast 12: Quality Improvement Strategies and Evaluation for Addiction Treatment Programs - YouTube

This is the thirteenth episode in a podcast series on Early Brain Development and Addiction for Undergraduate Medical Education.

Podcast 13, Process Improvement in Healthcare Programs to Support Addiction Treatment, identifies the five principles of business process improvement and how these principles can be adopted to enhance addiction treatment programs.

This podcast series is based on lectures from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, a knowledge mobilization initiative designed to translate scientific research into policy and practice. The podcasts were developed by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada with guidance from a project advisory committee, and produced by Hugh Kellam and Colla MacDonald at the University of Ottawa. Narration was done by Hugh Kellam. This project was sponsored by the Palix Foundation.

Podcast 13: Process Improvements in Healthcare Programs to Support Addiction Treatment - Study Guide

Podcast 13: Process Improvements in Healthcare Programs to Support Addiction Treatment - YouTube

 

YouTube play list Early Brain and Biological Development and Addiction, UME

ABOUT THE PODCAST SERIES

The podcast series has been designed to offer an introduction to the subject of early brain and biological development and its connection to addiction. The podcast series includes a set of episodes on core concepts of early childhood development which illustrate how childhood experiences shape brain development to either provide a strong foundation for lifelong health and wellbeing or confer vulnerability to disease. The early childhood development episodes also address interventions and treatments that help ensure children have the best possible start in life. The podcast series also includes a set of episodes that  focus on the neurodevelopmental origins of addiction. These podcasts provide a definition of addiction as a brain disorder, and describes effective strategies to help prevent, intervene, and treat addiction. The goal of the podcast series is to give you both the background knowledge on brain development and addiction, and the reflective skills to apply this knowledge to your practice.

In 10 to 15 minutes, each podcast links specific medical learning objectives with emerging research. To help illustrate the key concepts, several podcasts follow the story of Dr. Ray Baker, a physician who has struggled with addiction.

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) created the podcast series as part of the Addiction e-Learning for Undergraduate Medical Education (UME). The series is based on lectures from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, a knowledge mobilization initiative designed to translate scientific research into policy and practice. The lectures have been repurposed, with permission, for undergraduate medical education.

Developed by:
The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

Produced by:
Hugh Kellam, PhD Candidate, Instructional Designer, University of Ottawa
Colla MacDonald, PhD, Project Manager and Education Expert, University of Ottawa

Sponsored by:
Palix Foundation

Advisory Committee:
Niloofer Baria, MD, CCFP, Addiction Medicine Program Committee, College of Family Physicians of Canada
Nancy Brager, MD, FRCPC, Associate Professor, University of Calgary
Peter Butt, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Addiction Medicine Program Committee, College of Family Physicians of Canada
Gary Hnatko, MD, FRCPC, FCPA, Professor, University of Alberta
Lucie Rochefort, MD, MSc, CCMF, FCMF, Addiction Medicine Program Committee, College of Family Physicians of Canada
Nicole Sherren, PhD, Scientific Director and Program Officer, Palix Foundation
Pamela Weatherbee, Medical Student, University of Calgary
Jonathan White, MD, PhD, FRCSC, MSc, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta