PACES Training
Provincial Addiction Curricula & Experiential Skills Training

The prototype design for PACES Entrustable Professional Activity Simulations (EPA-sims) is featured in the Alberta Opioid Dependency Treatment (ODT) Virtual Training Program.

Alberta Opioid Dependency Treatment (ODT) Virtual Training Program

The focus of the Alberta ODT Virtual Training Program is to provide healthcare providers with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes when providing care to patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). Participation in this training is a priority for the Alberta Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative (PHC ORI), funded by a provincial grant from the Minister’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission (MOERC).

Alberta-based health care providers are strongly encouraged to complete the competency assessments and the satisfaction survey; this is a requirement to receive a Continuing Medical Education (CME) Certificate of Participation. All survey responses are anonymous and only aggregate data will be used. The information will help to inform the uptake of the training in each zone

** Completion of Module 5 is sufficient to meet the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) educational requirement to maintain a stable patient on Opioid Agonist Treatment with the support of the initiating prescriber.

The CPSA no longer requires for physicians to do a post-training preceptorship in order to prescribe methadone. Completion of the Modules 1-7 of the Alberta ODT Virtual Training Program or its equivalent is all that is required. **

Following completion of the pre/post competency assessment and satisfaction survey, participants may request a CME Certificate of Participation by emailing

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Acknowledgments, Disclosures & Strategies for Mitigation of Bias

Creation of the Alberta ODT Virtual Training Program was made possible through the Alberta Health Restricted Grant # 0073073: Treatment Strategies to respond to the Opioid Crisis.

The academic content cited within the Alberta ODT Virtual Training Program includes the 2018 Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM); the 2018 and 2017 British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU); the 2015 American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM); and the 2014 College of Physician and Surgeon of Alberta (CPSA) guidelines for clinical management of opioid use disorder (OUD). As noted in each of these guidelines, diligent adherence to National Standard for Support of Accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Activities governing the process and requirements for gathering, managing, and disclosing conflicts of interest to participants was adhered.

The academic videos featured within this training program have been compiled by a committee of subject matter experts recognized for their clinical expertise in the field of addiction medicine and/or pain medicine, and years of experience in providing opioid dependency treatment across complex patient demographics. Each member has disclosed conflicts of interest in alignment with the National Standard for Support of Accredited CPD Activities.

Faculty & Planning Committee Disclosures

This course has received no commercial sponsorship support. It was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance. The Alberta ODT Virtual Training Program Faculty and Planning Committee Disclosures are included for your review.