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(L-R) Terence Flotte, MD, Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, and Gov. Baker listen as Dennis Dimitri, MD, speaks at the Sept. 2 press conference on opioid prescribing practices and training.
September 4, 2015

UMass Medical School focuses on opioid prescribing practices


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Leaders working with other Massachusetts medical schools, governor on the issue.

Terence R. Flotte, MD, and Dennis M. Dimitri, MD, met with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Sept. 2 to talk about the future of medical education related to pain management and opioid prescribing practices.

Dr. Flotte, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, applauded the governor and Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, for pulling together representatives from the four medical schools in the commonwealth to discuss how they can help address the opioid crisis. UMass Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Tufts School of Medicine are taking part in the initiative.

“We, the four deans of the four medical schools in Massachusetts, are committed to working together over the next several months to create this set of core competencies that you’ve called for around opioid prescribing so that we may begin to have effective prevention at the front end in terms of prescription drug abuse,” Flotte said during a news conference after meeting with Gov. Baker.

“Massachusetts is home to the best medical care in the world. We are a national leader in cutting-edge diagnostics and innovative technologies to treat complex conditions,” said Dr. Dimitri, clinical associate professor of family medicine & community health and president of the Massachusetts Medical Society.

“With this collaboration, we are again setting a new standard, this time for giving our young medical students and residents enhanced education to manage pain properly, while identifying addictive behaviors and getting patients into treatment, when needed,” Dimitri said.