Online Program Helping Healthcare Professionals Respond to Opioid Crisis

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OTTAWA – HEALTH – In virtually every jurisdiction across the country, opioid-related overdoses and deaths have reached crisis levels. Through a new, case-based e-learning program from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, healthcare providers can learn from experts in pain management about the best ways to deal with these increasingly complex cases.

“Opioid therapy is one of the most controversial and challenging issues facing healthcare professionals today,” said Dr. Andrew Padmos, Royal College CEO.  “Through this course, our Fellows will get the latest information on screening practices, identifying patients at risk of harm, ongoing monitoring, and knowing how to discontinue or taper opioids at the appropriate time.”

The online program is one of three new self-assessment programs being offered as part of an innovative pilot collaboration between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the mdBriefCase Group. These self-assessment programs are available at no additional charge for Fellows of the Royal College and MOC MAINPORT ePortfolio users. The two other self-assessment programs available are on the topics of CanMEDS and research ethics.

Other healthcare professionals in Canada and abroad will be able to access the programs at a cost of $65 CAD. All programs are available online as of today. Click here to register.

Developed by leading specialists and peer-reviewed by experts in the field, these accredited programs offer unique learning opportunities in English and French, combined with the flexibility and convenience of online delivery.

The program was developed based on a needs assessment of medical and surgical specialists who identified a number of recurring, complex issues that they face when managing or prescribing opioids for patients with acute or chronic pain.

“It’s a very practical program built around three clinical scenarios that will challenge participants and foster learning through expert feedback,” added Jason Flowerday, CEO of mdBriefCase Group. “This program will be of tangible benefit to any specialist or surgeon prescribing opioids. And, as a member of mdBriefCase, participants will also have free access to our comprehensive library of online accredited courses in more than 20 therapeutic areas.”

About the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the home of specialty medicine in Canada, setting the standards for postgraduate medical education, supporting the continuing professional development of 50,000+ Fellows and affiliates, and supporting health system innovations nationwide. To find out more, please visit

About mdBriefCase Group
The mdBriefCase Group specializes in accredited, online continuing professional development (CPD) programs, custom tailored for specific international markets and available on a convenient online platform. All content is developed by leading specialists and peer-reviewed by experts at respected institutions, which keeps more than 200,000 global healthcare professionals at the forefront of the latest evidence and protocols worldwide.

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