AFMC Response to the Canadian Opioid Crisis
AFMC is responding to the surge of overdoses and opioid-related deaths in Canada by leading the creation of a Canada-wide, competency–based curricula for future physicians in pain management, problematic substance use and substance use disorders.
Over the next two years, this project, funded by the Government of Canada, will establish competencies for student physicians in Canada on pain management, including appropriate opioid prescribing, and address gaps in current education programs across all 17 Canadian medical schools. The project will develop a new curriculum of on-line courses to be made freely available to all 17 Canadian medical schools and any other interested group; and will develop a bank of MCQs and OSCEs for use on the national licensing exam of the Medical Council of Canada.
Review of Accreditation Standards and Environmental Scan
To fulfill its commitment to Health Canada, AFMC reviewed the accreditation standards for undergraduate medical education. AFMC also conducted an environmental scan of offerings across Canadian medical schools and convened three expert panel meetings to review the curricula and teaching currently being provided in undergraduate medical education (UGME), postgraduate medical education (PGME) and continuing professional development (CPD). Responding schools provided some best practices of teaching and evaluating in opioid prescribing and/or pain management, primarily in non-cancer pain. In consequence, a robust repository has been created. This work can be accessed here: