Opioid addiction is a grave public health issue and drug overdoses are the leading cause of death from injury in the United States.(1)
AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals are on the front lines in our communities dealing with the opioid epidemic: responding with new approaches to prevent, identify, and treat pain and substance use disorders, delivering pain management and addiction education, and leading efforts in this area to advance medical research and promote innovations in clinical care. For more information on the AAMC response to this epidemic, please see www.aamc.org/opioidresponse.
1. McCarthy M. Drug overdose has become leading cause of death from injury in US. BMJ. 2015;350:h3328. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3328
The objectives of this collection are:
- To highlight examples of how pain management, addiction medicine, and opioid curricula can be integrated as a standard practice of care in medical education, clerkships, residencies, and hospital/clinic practice.
- To provide deans, faculty, staff, and other institutional leaders with tangible, practice-based, peer-reviewed resources for improving practice in pain management, addiction medicine, and opiate education.
- To recognize faculty developers for their educational scholarship in pain management, addiction medicine, and opioid education.
- To foster collaboration and research pain management, addiction medicine, and opioid education.