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The trainings available through this project were developed initially as a collaboration among faculty at Washington State University (WSU). Initial development of the student-focused curriculum was supported by the Washington State Department of Health including funding from the Prevention for States (Pfs) Grant 5 NU17CE002734 through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Current funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (grant T0BHP33106) has allowed for continued expansion of this interprofessional curriculum. The contents of this curriculum are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

The core development and research team includes:

Dawn DeWitt, M.D., MSc, MACP, FRACP, Cert Med Ed, Project Director, is a Professor and Senior Associate Dean, Inaugural Director for Year 4, Inaugural Director of the Center for InterProfessional Health Education Research and Scholarship (CIPHERS), WSU Elson S. Floyd, College of Medicine. She has held faculty and administrative positions in the US, Canada, and Australia, working to promote medical education and access to health care in rural communities.

Brenda S. Bray, BPharm, MPH, is a Clinical Professor, Assessment and Evaluation, Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences, WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. The focus of her teaching and research at WSU includes evaluation of simulation-based teaching methodologies using high-fidelity mannequins and standardized patients; evaluation of competency-based and active learning curriculum models; and implementation and evaluation of interprofessional education (IPE) for health sciences students. She previously served as the Assistant Dean for Assessment and Accreditation for WSU College of Pharmacy.

Connie Remsberg, Ph.D., PharmD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences where she instructs a number of basic science courses using innovative teaching strategies. Her primary research interests focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning including the effectiveness of active learning and other teaching innovations. She previously served as the college’s Director of the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Excellence where she led faculty development activities.

Barbara Richardson, Ph.D., MN, RN, is a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences, WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. She previously served as the Director of Interprofessional Education and Research at WSU Health Sciences and has served as the primary investigator on numerous funded research projects focused on the scholarship of interprofessional education.

Marian Wilson, Ph.D., MPH, RN, is an Assistant Professor in the WSU College of Nursing. She is executive faculty of WSU’s Program of Excellence in Addictions Research and core faculty of the Sleep and Performance Research Center. She is board certified in Pain Management Nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center & American Society for Pain Management Nursing. Her primary research focus on non-pharmacological pain management strategies to reduce opioid misuse has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institute of Health’s Center for Complementary and Integrative Heath (NCCIH).

Other team members include content experts and clinic facilitators:

  • Matt Layton, M.D., Behavioral health consultant, WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
  • Tracy Klein, Ph.D., family nurse practitioner in primary care, WSU College of Nursing
  • Janet Walker, M.D., certified Balint group leader and trainer, WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
  • Jae Kennedy, WSU Department of Health Policy and Administration
  • Liz Wood, Ph.D., WSU Department of Health Policy and Administration
  • Craig Fischer, Faculty Enhancement, WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
  • Chris Martin, Director, Virtual Clinic and Simulation Center, WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
  • Janet Purath, Ph.D., RN, WSU College of Nursing
  • Patricia Hahn, ARNP, MEDEX Physician Assistant program, University of Washington
  • Rie Kobayashi, Ph.D., MSW, Eastern Washington University

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Interprofessional Opioid Curriculum by Connie Remsberg, Marian Wilson, Barbara Richardson, Dawn DeWitt, and Brenda Bray is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0