Using Undergraduate Medical Education to Increase the Number of Physicians Prepared to Prescribe Medication-Assisted Treatment
In this webinar, the impact and etiology of opioid use disorder nationally will be briefly discussed. The webinar will then shift to the strategy used by one medical school to integrate curriculum focused on opioid use disorder longitudinally and substantially into its curriculum will be explored. Finally, strategies for enabling curriculum to count in lieu of DATA waiver training will be discussed and how these strategies can ideally increase the number of physicians prescribing medication assisted treatment (locally and nationally).
Paul George MD, MHPE is the Associate Dean for Medical Education and Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Medical Science at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (AMS). As a Brown undergraduate, he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biology (honors), where he then continued on to graduate from the medical school. Dr. George trained in family medicine at AMS and later obtained a Master of Health Professions Education degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Dr. George joined the AMS faculty in 2008 and oversees the Office of Medical Education, with a specific focus on the clinical curriculum. He is also the director of the Primary Care – Population Medicine Program, a dual degree program in which students earn both a medical degree and a Master of Science in Population Medicine. Dr. George has received numerous teaching awards, including the Medical Senior Citation, awarded to a single faculty member as the highest honor a graduating class can bestow, five times. He has published over 80 papers, mostly focusing on medical education and has been the principal investigator on grants from SAMSHA, HRSA, NIH and the AMA. Dr. George has also led a local and national effort to increase curriculum in medical schools on substance use, with a particular focus on opioid use disorder, and has spoken nationally on the issue, including to Congress.