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AFMC Response to Opioid Crisis Simulation

Volunteers needed to assess a Simulation Playbook on Opioid Management

AFMC response to opioid crisis simulation recruitment flyer

Who is eligible:  Physicians and Residents to participate as learners and evaluate the simulation scenarios, Simulation instructors – new or experienced to lead the simulation and evaluate the playbook

Time commitment:  1 to 6 hours – flexible depending on the number of scenarios chosen – between April and June 2022

Benefits to participation:  Participation in piloting this Simulation Playbook has been certified for up to 6 MAINPRO+ credits for Family Medicine Specialists and accredited for up to 6 hours of MOC Simulation Program Section

3 credits for Royal College Specialists. Participants will also receive a recognition letter for their time and commitment.



As part of the Academic Medicine Responds to the Opioid Crisis: Developing a Canada-wide, competency-based curricula for future physicians in pain management, substance abuse and addictions project, with support from Health Canada through its Substance Use and Addictions Program, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) received funding to develop a comprehensive, evidence-based curriculum for the purposes of continuing professional development and postgraduate medical education on opioid management. 


CSTAR is one of several simulation centres involved in evaluating one component of that curriculum - a simulation playbook consisting of 6 simulations that address opioid related topics such as:

  • Acute Chronic Pain & Opioid Use Disorder
  • Pediatric Pain
  • Opioid Tapering & Deprescribing
  • Diagnosing Opioid Use Disorder
  • Peripartum Management of Oral Opioid Agonist Treatment
  • Management of Opioid Side-Effects


The Simulation Playbook will include the scenarios, learning objectives for the scenarios, and a debriefing guide to train simulation experts on utilizing the scenarios and identify the resources required to run the simulation scenarios.  It will be tested by utilizing 3-6 residents/physicians per scenario, as well as patient actors/standardized patients, and evaluating the simulation scenarios through feedback from scenario participants and the simulation expert team. 


Participant recruitment will begin on April 1, 2022, and the scenarios will be run and evaluated between April and June 2022.

For more information contact Lauren Maharaj at ext. 36672 or by email at lauren.maharaj@lhsc.on.ca.