Northeast Ohio Medical University has received a $500,000 grant to help create a medical school curriculum on pain management and opioid use disorder treatment that will be used at all seven of the state’s medical schools
The grant comes from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. NEOMED will work with the six other Ohio medical schools to develop the curriculum.
Primary care (family and general internal medicine) physicians and emergency medicine physicians represent the gateway of care, with most patients requesting care from them ― usually with a chief complaint of physical illness, according to a NEOMED news release issued Tuesday.
However, data suggest there is often an underlying mental health or substance use issue triggering the visit to the doctor.
Meanwhile, there is a shortage of psychiatrists — who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health illness — nationwide. That necessitates that doctors in other specialties receive mental health training, according to the news release.
Through an existing collaborative between NEOMED and the state’s other medical schools, NEOMED will develop and implement a train-the-trainer program that will train at least 21 faculty (three per school) during a three-day summit to teach and implement a medical student curriculum in response to the opioid epidemic.
The six other medical schools are: Case Western Reserve University, Ohio University, Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, University of Toledo and Wright State University. They are grant sub-awardees.
The grant is part of the Ohio State Opioid Response (SOR) Project.
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