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This online learning module requires a myNOSM username and password.

If you have forgotten your username and/or password:

  • Please contact the NOSM IT department directly during regular business hours
  • Business Hours: Monday to Friday 9 am–4 pm, excluding statutory holidays
  • Toll free: 1 800 461 8777, Select Option 1, Option 7, Option 1 or 2

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Prescribing habits

This program* is designed to change the opioid prescribing habits of primary care providers in Northern Ontario where health and socioeconomic issues often differ from those seen in urban centres and access to multidisciplinary programs is limited. Registration fees have been WAIVED until the end of March 2021.


*Funding provided by Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP). The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

An Overview of the Program


Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the growing importance and magnitude of the opioid crisis and how it relates to your practice. (Expert/Health Advocate)
  2. Reflect on prescribing habits and identify areas for change or improvement. (Expert/Communicator/Collaborator)
  3. Introduce tools and strategies that will make opioid prescribing and tapering safer and easier to manage. (Expert/Communicator)


Approaches to Education

This program incorporates two approaches to education to meet the needs of primary care providers in Northern Ontario:

Self-Directed Interactive Online Learning Module

  • Access the module from any device, at any time
  • Receive information and evidence-based resources to enhance competencies in assessment and management
  • ‘Manage’ situations through guided questions
  • Up to two hours in length
  • Prerequisite to Communities of Practice

Community of Practice

  • Secure and confidential virtual platform
  • Facilitator-led, closed, small-group workshops
  • Meet with like-minded primary care providers to discuss real cases and strategies to overcome barriers
  • Up to 4 two-hour workshops
  • Must complete for CFPC high level study credits

Learn More About the Curriculum

Curriculum Summary
Curriculum Summary

Learn More About the Program Pathways

Participant Pathway Flowchart
Participant Pathway Flowchart


Online Module Only:
This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the Continuing Education and Professional Development Office at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine for up to 2 Mainpro+ credit(s).

Online Module and at least 1 Community of Practice:
This three-credit-per hour Self-Learning Program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 30 Mainpro+ credits.

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Continuing Education and Professional Development Office at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. You may claim a maximum of 10 hours (credits are automatically calculated).


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