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.

COVID-19 and Academic Detailing

Please note that we are pleased to offer all academic detailing sessions by Zoom. We will not be offering in-person visits in 2020. However, we invite you to join our academic detailers from the convenience of your home, work, or other location. These interactive visits are intended to be efficient sessions between you and one of our academic detailers. Our Zoom sessions qualify for continuing education credits and are specifically designed to be delivered between one clinician and one academic detailer. This keeps the conversation focused and efficient.

* 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 "Managing "Headline Stress" in the setting of COVID-19"

COVID-19 is a challenging event with broad community impact. “Headline Stress Disorder” is related to an overabundance of news and media coverage. It is not a medical diagnosis, however the symptoms of anxiety and stress (e.g. palpitations, chest tightness, insomnia) may lead to physical and mental diagnoses (Dong M, et al. PMID: 32227627). Primary care providers may be receiving increased calls from patients related to symptoms of stress or anxiety. This topic addresses a general approach to managing these symptoms, within the context of COVID-19, at a time when traditional primary care visits and access to psychiatry and behavioral health may be limited. The topic also addresses adjustment disorder, including its diagnosis and evidence-based treatment. Patient and clinician resources are also discussed.

NEW " Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)"

This session highlights the practical aspects of managing patients diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in primary care, with a focus on the available evidence‐base. This session includes information about medication therapies and a description of the various inhaler devices. The session also includes resources for patient education.


This session highlights the practical aspects of managing patients prescribed or using cannabinoids in primary care, with a focus on the available evidence-base.  This session includes information about prescription, medical marijuana, and over-the-counter cannabinoid products (e.g. CBD) and discusses the risks and benefits of various options. 

"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.

NEWLY UPDATED "Management of Type 2 Diabetes"

This session highlights the new, non-insulin medications for managing patients with type 2 diabetes in primary care, with a focus on the available evidence‐base related to cardiac and other outcomes. This session also includes information about nutrition and lifestyle, insulin safety, and recommendations from the American Diabetes Association guidelines.

 "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.

"Supporting Safe Use of Prescription Opioids for Community Pharmacists"

This session is specifically designed to support Vermont’s community pharmacists. This session highlights the practical aspects of supporting patients who are prescribed opioids, with a focus on the available evidence-base. This session includes information about prescription opioids, naloxone, and the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System (VPMS). This session also includes resources for patient education.

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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Resources and Handouts

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