The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) have partnered to develop a new shared-care model in the fields of addictions, pain management, and methadone prescribing.
Patients presenting with the complications of opioid addiction and chronic pain are difficult to manage in the context of a family practice. Physicians who have focused practices in pain management or mental health and addictions especially those skilled in methadone prescribing, are often isolated from family physicians and unable to share their expertise with them.
Modeled after the OCFP’s Collaborative Mental Healthcare Network (CMCHN) [see http://www.ocfp.on.ca/cme/cmhcn for further information], the MMAP initiative is intended to support physicians with expertise in pain management and addictions including methadone prescribers to mentor family physicians interested in chronic pain and or addictions.
The project will be initially piloted in four regions: Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Chatham Kent and Halton.
We are looking for Ontario physicians who are interested to function as mentors or mentees. The program will provide financial and educational support for this venture.
There is evidence that collaboration can improve patient morbidity and mortality, organizational efficiencies, and provider satisfaction. We hope you will consider this opportunity!
Medical Mentoring in Addictions and Pain Portal
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Resources for Health Care Professionals
Ontario’s Narcotics Strategy