Opioid Supplement Project

Opioid Supplement Project

Considering the nations unprecedented opioid epidemic, the supplemental funding to the PCMH grant has impacted education on Opioid and Substance Use Disorders at Meharry Medical College by allowing us to:

  • Develop and integrate two culturally competent modules with two components that address culture, geography, and lifestyle;
  • Train 20 faculty and preceptors to improve their teaching of Opioid Use Disorder and Substance Use disorder including medical, dental and PA faculty and community-based preceptors at rotation sites;
  • Train ten residents to become health care providers with MAT Waiver Certification;
  • Improve access to quality opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorder (SUD) treatment using MAT for patients in Tennessee;
  • Increase the number of faculty, residents, and behavioral health care counselors who will treat these disorders as interprofessional health providers in rural and urban communities in Tennessee and the nation.

Meharry Medical College opened an MAT clinic in November 2018. As of May 2019, a total of 200 patients have been treated with 75 patients being seen monthly by one of two MAT Waiver trained physicians.

A total of twelve residents will complete the MAT Waiver Training. Additionally, nine residents became members of ASAM (American Society for Addiction medicine). ASAM membership offers the opportunity to develop treatment guidelines and protocol, network with peers and attend world-renowned courses in the field of addiction medicine.

Sixteen modules on Opioid Use disorders and Motivational Interviewing have been developed and presented to residents in Family Medicine during didactics.

Two interprofessional Modules have been developed for IPE case studies:

  • Opioid Use Disorders and Motivational Interviewing
  • Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnant Women


Useful links for opioid training and education: