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
NEW "Management of Opioids"
This session focuses on following the new prescribing rules for opioids. The session reviews a summary of the rules, both for prescribing opioids and for querying the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System (VPMS), examples of patient education and informed consent documents, a description of evidence-based tools for managing patients on chronic opioids, and suggestions for tapering opioids and benzodiazepines.
NEW "Management of Fibromyalgia"
This session will review the evidence for various pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches for managing fibromyalgia in primary care and will provide patient resources and educational materials.
"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.
*Topics meet the definition of a Required Subject in Prescribing Controlled Substances for license renewal with the Vermont Board of Medical Practice.
"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.
"From the First Tooth - Enhancing your Patients' Health: Oral Health and Fluoride Varnish in Medical Practices"
From the First Tooth is an evidence-based pediatric oral health initiative promoting the oral health of infants, toddlers, and preschool children (ages 6 months to the 6th birthday). The purpose of the initiative is to assist primary care medical providers with integrating the following as a standard of care for young pediatric patients:
- Assess the oral health of young children
- Apply fluoride varnish to help prevent tooth decay
- Educate parents and caregivers about pediatric oral health
- Make dental referrals
The From the First Tooth continuing education program consists of one-hour, interactive visits between health care professionals and a physician or dental hygienist trainer. These trainings are delivered in the convenience of health care professionals' offices.
Infants, toddlers, and young children benefit from having fluoride varnish applied to their teeth at medical appointments.
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:
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).