Alberta ODT Virtual Training Program

Information for Health Professionals

The Alberta ODT Virtual Training Program is a critical component of broader efforts to respond to the opioid crisis in Alberta by improving the capacity of prescribers and allied health care team members involved in treating individuals with opioid use disorder.

The training aligns with current evidence, regulations and national guidelines, and satisfies the College of Physician & Surgeons of Alberta’s (CPSA) standard related to direct supervised training for opioid agonist treatment (OAT) therapy.

Completion of Module 5 is sufficient to meet the CPSA educational requirement to maintain a stable patient on Opioid Agonist Treatment with the support of the initiating prescriber.

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

Following completion of the Post Competency Survey, participants may request a Continuing Medical Education (CME) Certificate of Participation claiming a maximum of 10.0 Maintenance of Certification Section 3 study credits by completing the CME Certificate Request Form.

Virtual Training Program

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 CPSA guidelines for clinical management of opioid use disorder. 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.