REAP, Providence Health offer new addictions medicine training

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The Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) and Providence Health are partnering to offer training in addictions medicine for BC practitioners interested in delivering clinical, inpatient and outpatient care.

This elective is based at St Paul’s hospital within the addiction medicine consult team (AMCT) and consists of three (3) academic teams each staffed by one addiction physician. Consultations are requested from all areas of the hospital including the emergency department, medical, surgical and psychiatric wards. Most patients present to the hospital with medical consequences of substance use. More specifically, physicians will develop comprehensive experience in recognizing and managing substance-related toxidromes and engage in the medical stabilisation of individuals presenting with intoxication, overdose or withdrawal (including the initiation and/or continuation of opioid agonist therapy such as methadone or buprenorphine/naloxone and managing complicated alcohol withdrawal).

Furthermore, using evidence-based practices, learners will develop skills in the chronic management of addiction, liaise with community addiction treatment providers and, depending on availability, may also gain experience in the provision of outpatient addiction care through the Rapid Access Addiction Clinic. The AMCT is a part of the Urban Health Program at St. Paul’s Hospital and is closely linked to the St. Paul’s Hospital Goldcorp Fellowship in Addiction Medicine and the Canada Addiction Medicine Research Fellowship.

The addiction team practices trauma informed and culturally safe and appropriate care. Our team is integrated with the St Paul’s Urban Health Aboriginal program with connection to cultural support though access to Elder and bedside ceremony, talking circle, and referral to VCH Aboriginal Navigator when requested.

For more information, contact: Bastian Weitzel at bweitzel@providencehealth.bc.ca.

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