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Project TRANSFORM-Teaching Recovery-informed Addiction Care and Negating Stigma FOR Medical Professionals

Last Updated: January 15, 2021


Prisma Health-Upstate, University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville and Clemson University School of Nursing have developed Project TRANSFORM (Teaching Recovery-informed Addiction Care and Negating Stigma FOR Medical Professionals) to provide training for professionals on healthcare teams who in the course of their roles may serve individuals and families affected by substance use disorder. The module-type educational pedagogy includes review of sensitivity to the unique needs of those affected, information on various substances of use, clinical considerations, and supportive intervention strategies for healthcare professionals. The project goal is to expand the number of practitioners to deliver high-quality, evidence-based substance use disorder treatment. Each module consists of an educational voiceover PowerPoint lecture and is followed by brief videos featuring interviews with individuals in recovery and who share their experiences in addiction and their journey to recovery. This innovative approach of integrating the medical knowledge with lived experience education provided by individuals living with addiction and in recovery will result in an educated, compassionate, and involved healthcare workforce addressing substance use disorder. This project is funded by SAMHSA and the modules are free to implement. You may implement all seven modules or just the ones that fit your needs. Modules will be available for AMA CMEs by December 31, 2020.


Alain Litwin, MD, MPH, Prisma Health
Lauren Demothenes, MD, Prisma Health
Mary Ellen Wright, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, Clemson University School of Nursing
Margie L. Stevens, PhD, CRC, University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Greenvillemar (margie.stevens@prismahealth.org)
Diana M. Martinez, MD, Columbia University Medical School
Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services 
Brian Fuehrlein, MD, PhD University of Florida 
Deepa Camenga, MD Yale University 
Kevin Hall, MD, MHS Harvard Medical School 
Edward Nunes, MD Columbia University