Creating a Culture Shift: Promoting Medical School Education on Medication-Assisted Treatments
Medication-assisted treatments have been shown to be effective at promoting abstinence, reducing high-risk behavior, and increasing cost effectiveness for patients with opioid use disorders (OUD). However, despite its effectiveness, MAT continues to be underutilized by physicians for patients with opioid and substance use disorders (SUD) for several reasons: lack of education, cost and timing of training courses, and stigma around using medications to treat substance use disorders. The goal of this project is two-fold. First, the project aims to improve the core educational curriculum at the University of Michigan Medical School around evaluating, diagnosing and treating patients with SUD. Second, the projects aims to create an organizational shift that demonstrates the importance and effectiveness of MAT and provides a safe learning environment geared toward patient-centered social needs.