Medical Mentoring for Addictions and Pain

The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) partnered to develop a shared-care model in the fields of addictions, pain management, and methadone prescribing.

Patients presenting with the complications of opioid addiction and chronic pain are difficult to manage in the context of a family practice. Physicians who have focused practices in pain management or mental health and addictions especially those skilled in methadone prescribing, are often isolated from family physicians and unable to share their expertise with them.

Modeled after the OCFP’s Collaborative Mental Healthcare Network (CMHN), the MMAP initiative is intended to support physicians with expertise in pain management and addictions including methadone prescribers to mentor family physicians interested in chronic pain and or addictions.

The MMAP network connects family doctor mentees to psychiatrist and FP-focused practice in pain and addictions mentors through telephone, email and fax. Mentees may contact their mentors on an informal basis for guidance and support. Formal continuing professional development (CPD) workshops, small group teleconferences and sessions take place regularly in order to foster group cohesion. These tools help to support and augment the case by case mentoring program. Advice in the areas of diagnosis, psychotherapy and pharmacology is provided to mentees. Mentees are matched with mentors based on clinical interests and/or geographic location. Please note this is not a referral service.

If you are interested in joining the the MMAP as a Mentee, please complete the online application.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor or would like more information about the MMAP, please contact ocfpmentoring@cfpc.ca.