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Buprenorphine 101: Making MAT Happen

Thursday, September 22, 2022


12:30pm - 1:00pm PST

Alicia Mikolaycik Gonzalez (Kurtz), MD | Host, Real Talk Podcast | Medical Director, Emergency Medicine | Marian Regional Medical Center | Santa Maria, CA

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a standard of care for many different types of substance use disorders, but yet it is often being utilized as the first line treatment method.

This education targets physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and pharmacists in emergency medicine, but can benefit every single member of the healthcare team. This 30 minute livestreamed education will give learners the opportunity to learn from an expert in emergency medicine through lecture and opening the floor to questions.

Upon completion of this activity, the learners should be able to start patients on MAT with buprenorphine, either while the patient is in withdrawal or as a self-start prescription; successfully provide harm reduction education to patients regarding opioid and fentanyl use; counsel patients regarding options for opioid use disorder treatment, including buprenorphine; and talk openly and compassionately with patients about their drug use and treatment options, without stigma or judgement. MAT is a standard of care for all substance use disorders and needs to be the first line of therapy.