Mentorship Program for Managing Patients
with Opioid Use Disorder using Buprenorphine
The Bernalillo County Community Health Council Opioid Accountability Initiative is sponsoring opportunities for mentoring by clinicians experienced in managing patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) utilizing medication assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine (e.g., Suboxone
). Clinicians experienced in this practice uniformly report that it is very gratifying.
The aim is to increase the availability of MAT with buprenorphine by helping clinicians gain some clinical experience and guidance either before starting to prescribe buprenorphine or before expanding their practice. Part of the experience should include learning caveats from office nursing and administrative staff that help this practice to be efficient.
The overdose death rate in New Mexico from opioids has leveled off likely because of the ongoing expansion of MAT and the success of the State and its community partners in expanding the distribution of naloxone (Narcan
). Nevertheless, the number of people diagnosed with OUD and associated OD’s continues to climb.
Thus, the demand for MAT with buprenorphine continues to increase, with wait times to be seen by a provider in Bernalillo County continuing to hover around 2-3 weeks. Getting an OUD patient started on buprenorphine right when they are willing and ready can be life-saving.
The mentoring program will be individualized by both the mentor(s) and mentee. For example, the mentoring period could be for two days divided up into ½ or 1-day segments, or completed two days in a row. We also have a provider available to come to the office of the clinician that is being mentored. For ongoing support, some of our clinicians are available by email or phone.
We are currently prioritizing this experience for clinicians from Bernalillo County, but can likely help clinicians from other areas of the state find a mentor or arrange for mentorship in Bernalillo County when there is availability. We look forward to working with you.
To get started, contact:
(stlucero7@ gmail.com) or
Harris Silver, MD
), or leave a message at the office of the
Bernalillo County Community Health Council
by calling 505.246.1638 and you will be contacted within 2 business days.
Please also contact us if you would like to serve as a mentor.