Dialogue Volume 15 Issue 1 2019 - Page 32

PRACTICE PARTNER be individuals or teams, including doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and physician assistants. The sessions are educational as opposed to being a clinical consultation and there are 20 sessions in each curriculum cycle. Aside from weekly ECHO sessions, evening sessions on opioid tapering are also offered. Medical Mentoring for Addiction and Pain (MMAP) Network The Ontario College of Family Physicians launched the Collaborative Mentoring Networks (CMN) in 2001 to create opportunities in mentorship for Ontario’s family physicians. After the successful launch of the Collabora- tive Mental Health Network (CMHN), which focuses on mental health, there was high demand and inter- est from family physician members for a mentoring network focused on chronic pain and addictions. These two areas have been – and continue to be – consistently identified by family physicians as extremely challeng- ing clinical issues. With the emergence of the opioid crisis in recent years, the importance and value of the knowledge and mentoring within the Medical Mentor- ing for Addictions and Pain (MMAP) Network has only intensified. The MMAP Network was launched in 2007, providing mentoring support that connects family physicians anywhere in Ontario with regional experts in chronic pain and addictions. Advice, mentorship and support from these experts are available at network members’ convenience to help navigate complexities in managing chronic pain, addictions and the current challenges around opioid prescribing. The mentees can choose to engage in a one-to-one format, or in small or large groups. These interactions can take place in person, via telephone, email or an on- line community of practice, in addition to regional con- ferences and meetings that take place throughout the year in Ontario. The format of the mentoring sessions can also be adjusted throughout the mentoring relation- ship to account for the guidance needed, frequency, location and schedules as well. “The element that makes our Collaborative Mentor- ing Networks so powerful and unique is the way we construct the mentoring relationship; we’re able to make the mentoring experience dynamic and responsive to our network members’ individual needs, creating a supportive, safe and compassionate space for them,” said Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan, a family physician with a clinical focus on chronic pain who is the co-chair of Opioids Clinical Primer on Machealth In collaboration with Ontario's six medical schools, Machealth has launched a new online learning program designed to help health professionals in Ontario better understand their role in the management of the ongoing opioid crisis. The program addresses common challenges in the management of chronic pain, with a specific focus on risk reduction when prescribing opioids, as well as a focused look at preventing opioid use disorder and overdoses. The online program was developed with the goal of reducing opioid related harms by:  elping clinicians develop strategies for safer h opioid prescribing increasing awareness of opioid use disorder and the availability of evidence-based treatment Facilitating access to naloxone Educating regarding harm reduction 32 DIALOGUE ISSUE 1, 2019