Implementation of an education session on buprenorphine induction in the emergency department, a resident-led initiative

Cara Marie Borelli, Han Tony Gao

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Introduction: Many physicians including emergency medicine physicians report insufficient training and education on prescribing buprenorphine for opioid use disorder. As emergency departments implement buprenorphine induction protocols, educational sessions can provide physicians with further familiarity with the treatment of opioid use disorder. This quality improvement project aimed to address the barrier of physician education in the implementation of buprenorphine initiation in the emergency department and presents a model for resident-led education sessions of emergency medicine physicians. Methods: The project was a resident-led educational quality improvement project on educating members of the Department of Emergency Medicine on buprenorphine induction. The thirty-minute educational session included a pre-test survey, lecture, practice case workshop, questions, post-test survey, and a discussion. The survey questions were designed for physicians including residents and faculty, but medical students were invited to complete the session. Results: Physicians including faculty and resident physicians responded positively to the educational survey, with an increase from 42.5 to 100% responding that they understood the risks and benefits of prescribing buprenorphine in the emergency department pre and post-survey respectively. Based on post-survey results, 88.5% of physicians responded that they planned to prescribe buprenorphine in the emergency department for patients meeting clinical criteria after completing the educational session. Conclusion: The results suggest that a resident-led training session can encourage peer involvement in buprenorphine induction to treat opioid use disorder in the emergency department.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number22
JournalHarm Reduction Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2024


  • Buprenorphine
  • Buprenorphine induction
  • Emergency medicine
  • Opioid use disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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