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Substance-Use Disorder Medicine Training

Over the last decade, evidence-based research has significantly advanced our understanding of the biology of substance-use disorder; however, translating that knowledge to medical professionals who see and treat people with problematic substance use has been slower to catch up.

The creation of the BCCSU and the St. Paul’s Hospital Goldcorp Addiction Medicine Fellowship program, a training program that provides specialized medical knowledge to support the best evidence-based medical treatment of substance-use disorders, are two initiatives that Providence, with the support of donors and the provincial government, have implemented and grown over the years in an effort to bridge a much-needed gap in addressing the overdose crisis.

By training medical professionals to recognize and treat this disease, scaling up physicians’ competency with assessments and Suboxone starts, and imparting specialized medical knowledge to our nurses, residents and, new for the 2016 program intake, social workers, we’re changing the narrative around the disease of substance-use disorders and opening the door for more people to get the help and treatment they need, just as we do for those with COPD, diabetes or hypertension.

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