AFMC Launches PGME And CPD Curriculum in Pain Management And Substance Use Disorder

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Following the 2021 launch of the Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) curriculum, the AFMC has launched the Post Graduate Medical Education (PGME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) curriculum in pain management and substance use disorder.

With support from Health Canada through its Substance Use and Addiction Program (SUAP), AFMC’s Response to Opioid Crisis project received $5.2M in funding to develop an Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME), Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME), and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) curricula. The PGME and CPD curricula consist of 16 online bilingual modules that respond to the opioid crisis in Canada, address gaps in current educational offerings and highlight overarching subjects of diagnosis, treatment and management of pain.

Further, the following tools were collaboratively created to provide learners, physicians and patients with support to better understand the modules and subject matter:

The Faculty Development Tools: Four tools and online resources developed in partnership with Faculty Development experts to help resident and practicing physicians gain further knowledge about opioid use disorder (OUD), pain management, opioid stewardship.

The Simulation Playbook: Six case-based scenarios developed in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to support future and practicing physicians with hands-on learning. 


The Patient-Physician Partnership Toolkit: Developed in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence on Partnership with Patients and the Public (CEPPP), clinicians, pharmacists, and patient partners. The toolkit is designed to provide patients and caregivers with tools for navigating care, managing opioid use disorder, opioid prescription and chronic pain.

The Self-Assessment Tool: Co-created in collaboration with Queen’s University, the self-assessment tool is an online self- evaluation survey for learners to identify modules that are related to areas of interest and expertise.

The PGME and CPD modules are hosted on the Queen’s University Learning Management System and can be accessed freely at