Partnership to Train Med Students On Opioid Prescribing

Thanks to a new federal grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, the Governor’s Institute and four North Carolina medical schools are teaming up to improve the way doctors understand and treat opioid addiction. The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Eastern Carolina University Brody School of Medicine and Wake Forest University School of Medicine have all committed to integrating opioid use disorder (OUD) into their standard curricula. Medical students will also be given the opportunity to shadow physicians providing these services in clinical settings.

Goals of this three-year project include:

–Training hundreds of future North Carolina doctors on opioid use disorder;
–Increasing the number of physicians eligible to prescribe buprenorphine;
–Providing resources to train and support a workforce equipped to prevent and treat opioid addiction.


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  • Elaine Ellis

    Thanks, Dr. Willson. The Board is addressing the idea of having a med student on the Board, which was brought up at this year’s Annual Business Meeting Open Forum. Board members referred the matter to the Membership Committee to research and make a recommendation.

  • Charles Willson MD

    Good idea that would be strengthened by having a med student on the NCMS Board of Directors just as AMA and AAP do. I’ll be happy to help organize and re-energize the med students after their previous efforts were ignored.