Vermont Academic Detailing Program

THE VERMONT ACADEMIC DETAILING PROGRAM is a university-based prescriber education and support program. The Program is offered by the University of Vermont’s Office of Primary Care with funding from public and private sources, including the State of Vermont. There is no pharmaceutical company sponsorship associated with the Vermont Academic Detailing Program nor do the program faculty have any ties to the pharmaceutical industry. The faculty objectively review clinical topics, covering the latest evidence for lifestyle changes and generic medications in addition to the latest in medication releases. This information is shared with health care teams across Vermont.

The goal of the Vermont Academic Detailing Program is to promote high quality, evidence-based, patient-centered, and cost-effective treatment decisions by health care professionals.

The program consists of one-hour interactive visits between one or more prescribers and a pharmacist or physician academic detailer. Academic detailing visits are typically delivered in the convenience of the prescribers’ offices. The program presents an objective overview of evidence from studies about the various medications and other treatments used to manage a specific medical condition. Patient resources and handouts often accompany the prescriber information.

Academic Detailing Topics

*  Indicates session is a qualifying CME activity related to the topic of safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances required by the Vermont Board of Medical Practice.

NEW "Management of Fibromyalgia" *

This topic includes reviewing the diagnosis of fibromyalgia, evaluating the evidence for non-pharmacologic management options, and discussing the pharmacologic approaches to management.

"Management of Opioids: A Review of the VT Rules" *

This session highlights the practical aspects of managing patients prescribed opioids in primary care, with a focus on following the new prescribing rules.  This session includes the rules for both prescribing and querying the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System (VPMS).  The topic compares the Centers for Disease Control recommendations for managing opioids with the Vermont rules.

"Advanced Management of Opioids" *

This session focuses on the clinical care of patients prescribed opioids in primary care.  This session includes information about how to safely discontinue opioids in primary care.  The topic reviews the evidence for non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic alternatives to opioids for conditions common in primary care, such as chronic low back pain.

"Women's Health: Contraception to Menopause" 

This new topic reviews the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches and research evidence for the management of contraception and menopausal symptoms across various age groups.  Also discussed are the safety and side effect profiles of commonly used medications to manage contraception and menopausal symptoms.  Examples of education resources and tools are provided.

"Management of Type 2 Diabetes"

This topic includes a review of strategies for lifestyle changes, new non-insulin medications to treat type 2 diabetes, and an overview of insulin.

"Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation"

This topic includes reviewing stratification tools for evaluating stroke versus bleeding risks, an overview of the available medications, strategies for optimizing therapy for individual patients, and strategies for safe prescribing. As always, patient resources will be included.

"Oral Health and Fluoride Varnish in Primary Care Medical Practices"

This session offers an evidence-based pediatric (infants, toddlers, and preschool children, ages 6 months to the 6th birthday) oral health review to assist primary care medical practices with integrating the following as a standard of care:  assess the oral health of young children; apply fluoride varnish to help prevent tooth decay; educate parents and caregivers about pediatric oral health; and make dental referrals.

Scheduling and Other Important Information

These FREE programs offer prescribers CME credit to physicians, pharmacists, and nurses and can be scheduled as small group or one-on-one sessions in your office for any of these topics; we also offer "live" sessions online. Please contact Vermont Academic Detailing Program Coordinator to schedule a session:

Laurie McLean 
Program Coordinator

For a printable version of Vermont Academic Detailing information please click here.

To achieve our goals, we rely on the guidance and broad opinions of multiple stakeholders. We have formalized these stakeholders as Vermont Academic Detailing Program Advisors. The role of the Program Advisor is to provide opinions and practical advice regarding the approach, direction, and operation of the Vermont Academic Detailing Program.

For more information about academic detailing beyond Vermont, please visit the National Resource Center for Academic Detailing (NaRCAD)


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Healthcare Professional Resources and Handouts

These resources and handouts often accompany the prescriber information in our Academic Detailing sessions.

Patient Resources and Handouts