Welcome to recent new hires: Amandeep Singh joining Dr. Karasz’s team as a Research Program Manager I, Peter Blake, PA joining the Barre Family Health Center, Vida Asante, NP joining Benedict Family Medicine, and Mark Quirk, EdD, returning to the department to work on educational efforts.
Summary of New Training Requirements to obtain or renew DEA registration.
Beginning June 27, 2023, practitioners applying for a new or renewed Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration will need to attest to having completed a total of 8 hours of training on opioid or substance use disorders, as well as safe pharmacological management of dental pain. To renew your DEA Registration or apply for a new DEA Registration to prescribe Schedule II – V controlled medications, you will need to attest on your DEA application that you have either:
- Completed at least 8-hours of training (training can be cumulative from the last 5 years; it does not have to be completed in one session) on opioid/other substance use disorders that has been approved by certain specified organizations; or
- Hold a current board certification in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry from the American Board of Medical Specialties, American Board of Addiction Medicine, or the American Osteopathic Association; or
- Graduated within five (5) years in good standing from a medical, advanced practice nursing, or physician assistant school in the United States that included successful completion of an opioid or other substance use disorder curriculum. Training must include treatment and management of patients with opioid/substance use disorders.
If you previously held a waiver from the DEA and SAMHSA that was granted because you met the training requirements to prescribe buprenorphine, you have already met the criteria, and can attest to meeting the training requirement. More information can be found here:
These FMCH grand rounds from the past 5 years can be part of your 8-hour attestation if you attended them:
Opioid/Substance Abuse Grand Rounds since 2018 – each worth 1 CME credit
- Navigating the Substance Use Disorder System in Massachusetts – Referrals, Consults, and More (1-24-2023) Hugh Silk, MD, MPH; James Ledwith, MD; Jay Broadhurst, MD; Heidi Ginter, MD; Jillian Joseph, MPAS, PA-C; Jennifer Bradford, MD; Justin LaPorte
- Effecting Change in Primary Care that Benefits Patients and Providers: What Makes It Easy, What Makes It Hard, and What to Expect Next for Opioid Prescribing and Integrating Care (5-31-2022) Constance van Eeghen, DrPH, MHSA, MBA
- Management of Complex Patients: Substance Misuse and Difficult Pain Management
(11-26-2019) James Ledwith, MD
- The Physiology of Addiction (2-13-2018) Ruth Potee, MD
- Update on the Opioid Epidemic: Might Safe Injection Facilities be Part of the Solution?
(11-26-2019) Dennis Dimitri, MD, FAAFP
The Center for Integrated Primary Care offers free, online training in the assessment of OUD and treatment with buprenorphine and naltrexone. This content takes ~2 hours to complete and those who complete it will receive free CME.
The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) has courses as well:
Boston Medical Center has 16 hours of free CME in 30-minute increments:
See attached for other answers and options.
Social Determinants of Health Poster Session
Wednesday, August 23rd, 3:15-5:30pm, Faculty Conference Room,
UMass Chan Medical School. (see attached flyer for additional information)
- 3:15-3:45: Poster Session and Judging
3:45-3:50: Welcome by Dr. Patricia Seymour, Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health, Assistant Dean of Clinical Curriculum
3:50-4:20: Keynote Address by Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor, Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Executive Director, Collaborative in Health Equity
4:20-4:30: Closing Remarks and Presentation of Awards by Dr. Susan Hogan, Assistant Professor Family Medicine and Community Health and Longitudinal Leader of Societal Forces of Health and Disease
- 4:30-5:30: Reception
Hepatitis C and General Hepatology Project ECHO
(Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)
You are invited to join an exciting virtual collaborative learning opportunity which will allow you to build expertise in the evaluation and management of patients living with chronic
Hepatitis C. (see attached brochure and curriculum schedule)
What? Hepatitis C ECHO, a virtual case-based tele-mentoring educational model
Who? Primary care interdisciplinary team members (providers, nurses, social workers, community health workers, patient navigators, etc.)
Why? Tele-mentoring model that links specialists to primary care providers (PCPs) via video conferencing from any computer; Case based, iterative learning facilitated by specialists and related experts; through guided practice, PCPs become proficient in specialty care
When? A new cohort begins Friday, September 8th, 2023, 12:30 - 1:30pm ~ with 10 sessions held bi-monthly.
Center for Integrated Primary Care and the Center for Integrated Medical Group Visits, will hold their 3rd annual one-day, virtual event on Friday, September 8th. “Growing Group Visits” will center around all aspects of group visits, from patients to policy, to delivering whole person care with a focus on financial and community health implications. Jon Porter, MD, and Joshua Plavin, MD, MPH, MBA, Larner College of Medicine at UVM, will provide a keynote, “Creating an integrative, effective, and financially sustainable program”. Another keynote “The Power of Group Visits” will be led by Beth Frates, MD, president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. For registration go to https://icgmv.org/2023-conference.
Scholarships provided as all are welcome.
1st Year Longitudinal Preceptors needed:
The MassAHEC Urban and Rural Health Scholars(U/RHS) program is recruiting longitudinal preceptors for incoming students. The Longitudinal Preceptor Program (LPP) goals are here. There are 7 sessions during year 1 and 6 sessions in year 2. Students apply to MassAHEC expressing their interest in primary care of underserved populations and are matched with a family medicine preceptor only (other students are matched to primary care/specialist duo). Second year residents and fellows can participate.
Funding Opportunity: The Blue Cross Shields of MA Foundation Special Initiatives
grant program provides organizations with a one-time grant of up to $50,000 to pilot or launch a new project over a one-year period which empowers communities to advance health equity. Visit their website for more details:
Applications are due September 11th, 2023.
Teaching of Tomorrow (TOT) is a nationally recognized and highly acclaimed faculty development program that focuses on building and refining foundational skills for effective clinical teaching in inpatient and ambulatory settings. Preceptors from any specialty and discipline will enhance their clinical teaching skills through discourse and practice. Workshop dates are November 17-18, 2023, and March 8-9, 2024, and will be held at the Hotel Northampton. Participants must attend all four days. See the brochure for details and
register at https://umassmed.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0GUbJ2w3HifJC8S.