Teaching Substance Use Disorders to Millennial Learners (1.5 CME)

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(1.5 CME) In this conference recording from the 2018 Annual Conference, you will learn that the question of how to craft curricula to engage residents on Substance Use Disorders topics is both difficult and urgent.  It is difficult because there is a paucity of research on the efficacy of various didactic formats to guide us towards solutions; urgent because we are increasingly identifying knowledge gaps among residents in critical SUDs topics. Using as a model the new Substance Use Disorders Theme Block from the MGH Internal Medicine residency, this workshop seeks to spark discussion among educators about best practices for the creation and implementation of new SUDs-focused curricula for millennial learners. Through group discussions, video review of sessions, and microskills teaching, facilitators will explore how educators can expand the diversity of didactic formats, integrate Buprenorphine waiver training, and include peer-developed and peer-delivered content in their SUDs curricula. Throughout the session, participants will be exposed to different ways of gathering real-time and actionable feedback from residents. 

The workshop begins with a brief interactive review of literature on the impact of different didactic formats on medical student and resident engagement and confidence, and explores the different didactic formats used in the MGH SUDs Theme Block--rapid-fire cases, simulation, skills workshops, peer mini-lectures. This is followed by small group discussions, with the goal of identifying barriers and benefits to implementing similar formats at one's home institution. After observing video of a peer-delivered session, a larger group discussion will address the three domains of resident/learner engagement--content creation, collaborative learning, and peer coaching—with associated examples of innovations in the MGH model to address these domains. Facilitators will unpack how Buprenorphine waiver training was delivered to all categorical and primary care residents in the MGH SUDs Theme Block. Finally, teaching micro skills that were highlighted by resident feedback will be reviewed in small group sessions.

Devin Oller


Devin Oller, MD is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, where he received the Thomas M Durant Prize in Internal Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and was one of the inaugural fellows in Rural Health Leadership prior to returning to MGH as the Primary Care Chief Resident. He attends on MGH's inpatient Addictions Consult Team and the Bridge Clinic, a low-threshold model for delivering care to people who use drugs.

Michael Bierer


Michael F. Bierer MD MPH has been at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) for 30+ years. He holds the ranks of Physician there and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He completed his MD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx NY in 1985 and his MPH at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston MA in 1989. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at MGH in 1988 and participated in the Addiction Medicine Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical Center in 2001. He ran the component of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program based at MGH from 1989-2001, has been providing integrated care for addictions in a hospital-based primary care practice since 2002, and has been a leader in the education of medical housestaff at MGH about drug and alcohol problems. He is part of the new Substance Use Disorders Iinitiative at the hospital. He is former Secretary of MASAM and serves currently as President. He is one of the podcast voices for the New England Journal of Medicine.

ACCME Accredited with Commendation

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABPM Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.5 LLSA credits towards ABPM MOC Part II requirements.

ABAM Transitional Maintenance of Certification (tMOC)

This course has been approved by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Physicians enrolled in the ABAM Transitional Maintenance of Certification Program (tMOC) can apply a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for completing this course.


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CME Quiz
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CME Credit and Certificate
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Up to 1.50 medical credits available  |  Certificate available 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™