Medical Mentoring for Addictions and Pain

Caring for patients with opioid addiction and chronic pain can be challenging in the context of a family practice. For example, family physicians may not have access to the expertise of physicians with focused practices in pain management or mental health and addictions, who may be skilled in methadone prescribing..

The MMAP Network supports 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 with Mentors on an informal basis, through telephone, email and fax, for guidance and support. Formal continuing professional development workshops, small-group teleconferences and other sessions take place regularly  to foster group cohesion and provide Mentees with advice in the areas of diagnosis, psychotherapy and pharmacology.

Please note this is not a referral service.

CMHN and MMAP Steering Committee Co-Chairs:

  • Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan – Ottawa
  • Dr. Jon Hunter – Toronto

The MMAP Network's Mission, Vision and Goals

Mission

To provide mentoring support and education that enhances the capacity of family physicians to provide comprehensive, quality care to patients with complex conditions involving mental illness, addictions or pain.

Vision

Family physicians providing outstanding care for people with mental illness, addictions or pain.

Goals

To enhance the quality of mental health, addictions and pain by primary care physicians through:

  • Supporting the provision of mental health, addictions and pain care services.
  • Enhancing relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes of family physicians.
  • Practical and focused CME for family physicians based on learning needs.
  • Increasing the number of primary care providers who feel supported to manage mental health, addictions and pain patients.
  • Improving collaborations between specialist and family physicians.
  • Advocating for physicians who provide care for people with mental illness, addictions and pain.
The OCFP’s Collaborative Mentoring Networks receive financial support from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The views expressed are those of the OCFP and do not necessarily reflect those of the funder.