Fall 2017 IP Forum - Confronting Opioid Dependence

The Office of Interprofessional Education hosted its 2nd annual Interprofessional Forum addressing the recognition of and solutions for the burgeoning opioid epidemic in our country. Over 750 students from 10 professional programs brought their unique expertise together to identify strategies for the prevention and management of opioid dependence.

Students heard from keynote speakers, Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County Commissioner of Health, and Dr. Paul Updike, Medical Director of Substance Use Services for the Catholic Health System. Dr. Burstein addressed how opioid dependence is affecting residents in Erie County and Dr. Updike followed with his presentation on the importance of an interprofessional team approach to patient care. 

The 2017 IP Fall Forum - Confronting Opioid Dependence: An Interprofessional Strategy - was held on Thursday, November 9 at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 

2017 Interprofessional Fall Forum Key Note Speakers:

Dr Gale Burstein, MD, MPH, FAAP

Erie County Commissioner of Health

Opioid Addictions Outbreak: A Public Health Crisis in WNY

Dr Paul Updike, MD

Medical Director of Substance Use Services - Catholic Health System

The Importance of an Interprofessional Team Approach in the Care of Patients with SUD: A Case Study

For further information, listen to Dr. Lisa Jane Jacobsen, Associate Dean for Medical Curriculum, Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and member of the Interprofessional Leadership Team interview with Buffalo's NPR, "Heath-Related Professions Looking Hard at Opioids" regarding the Interprofessional Forum on Opioiod Dependence. http://news.wbfo.org/post/health-related-professions-looking-hard-opioids