ExpiresJune 30, 2022
Harvard Medical School
This course is one of three that comprise the Opioid Use Disorder Education Program (OUDEP), an innovative continuing medical education program produced by Harvard Medical School (HMS). This course is intended for nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, social workers, and other health care providers collaborating to treat patients with substance use disorders. Understanding Addiction focuses on the fundamentals regarding the nature of addiction including: the epidemiology of opioid use disorder, the chronic nature of OUD, the differences between dependence and use disorders, and the neurobiology behind addiction. This course also focuses on the changing perceptions and current stigmas surrounding opioid use disorder.
Learner must complete all 8 credits to acquire CME.
ABMS Member Board Approvals by Type
ABMS MOC Part II Self-Assessment Activity
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
ABMS MOC Part II CME Activity
Allergy and Immunology
Psychiatry and Neurology
NOTE: If a Member Board has not deemed this activity for MOC approval as an accredited CME activity, this activity may count toward an ABMS Member Board’s general CME requirement. Please refer directly to your Member Board’s MOC Part II Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment Program Requirements.
Recognize opioid use disorder as a chronic, relapsing, and treatable disease
Describe basic neuroscience of opioid use disorder
Compare and contrast physical dependence versus opioid use disorder
Recognize opioid use disorder epidemiology, and the prevalence of co-occurring psychiatric disorders
Examine the importance of reducing related societal stigmas and biases around opioid use disorder, and reducing negative consequences of opioid use
Epidemiology, Treating chronic disease, Diagnosis, Neuroscience, Physical dependence, Co-occurring psychiatric disorders, Negative consequences, Stigma
Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills
CME Credit Type
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Academic Medicine, Inpatient, Outpatient, Physician Executives, Physician Scientists, Rural, Urban, VA/Military