The surge of overdoses and opioid-related deaths in Canada is a national public health crisis. The Government of Canada funded the AFMC, in partnership with Canada’s 17 medical schools, to create a national, bilingual, comprehensive, and competency-based curriculum for medical graduates, residents and practicing physicians interested in pain management and substance use. The evidence-based training aims to fill gaps in educational programs across Canada, including the diagnosis, treatment, and management of pain. In January 2021, the AFMC successfully developed and launched an Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) curriculum and building on this work, we have developed a Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) curriculum.
Find out about our current curricula.
The Foundational Practice curriculum is comprised of 10 modules and an introduction module about the Canadian opioid crisis and addresses gaps in the current undergraduate medical education curriculum.
Building on the concepts and content of the Foundational Practice curriculum, the Intermediate Practice curriculum consists of 8 bilingual & interactive competency-based modules to address current educational gaps.
The Advanced Practice curriculum consists of 8 bilingual & interactive competency-based modules to help practicing physicians address gaps in knowledge related to the Canadian Opioid crisis and treatment options.
The Internationally Educated Physicians module is designed for graduates of medical schools outside of Canada and focuses on the Foundational Practice curriculum modules. It curates the Foundational Practice curriculum for the busy resident or practicing physician.
PGME and CPD:
The modules were provided freely to all 17 medical schools across Canada. Depending on the existing curriculum at a faculty of medicine, these modules may be added to enhance learning and understanding.
The modules were created for undergraduate medical students, resident physicians and practicing physicians. However, they are available to any interested stakeholders, other health care professionals and community members.
Each curriculum stream (UGME/PGME/CPD) were created for medical student/resident physicians/practicing physicians. However, any interested stakeholder can sign-up to access any of the curriculum streams they would like. So a practicing physician could indeed access the UGME curriculum.