How We Succeed

Although MI CARES was conceived as a regional initiative to address the need for Addiction Medicine specialists in Michigan, physicians all over the U.S. are enrolling in MI CARES’ Practice Pathway program in order to meet the rising demand for addiction specialists in their own communities.

MI Success

MI CARES set two ambitious goals. One, to increase the Addiction Medicine workforce in Michigan, and two, to implement an Addiction Medicine curriculum into undergraduate medical education. Initially, MI CARES was developed as a regional initiative to address the need for Addiction Medicine specialists in Michigan.

Today, physicians from all over the U.S. are enrolling in MI CARES’ Practice Pathway program to meet the rising demand for addiction specialists in their own communities. MI CARES has a dedicated, knowledgeable, and professional staff to support our participants, content experts to help develop our evidence-based curriculum, and medical students setting the stage as the next generation of leaders in the field of Addiction Medicine.

Statistics

Michigan

13

new board-certified physicians in 2021

Out-of-State

38 new board-certified physicians in 2021

95
%
of participating physicians

said MI CARES simplified the certification process

Out-of-State

38

new board-certified physicians in 2021

Medical Students

36

Year-1 medical students enrolled in the inaugural 4-week Addiction Medicine elective at MSU

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Join a distinguished community of physicians whose priority is the advancement of patient care and safety.

Students
MD, DO, RN, APRN, PA
Residents
Physicians, APRN
Prescribers
MD, DO, APRN, PA

How We Did It

Coaching

MI CARES offers physician participants personalized coaching focused on assessing their Addiction Medicine practice. Coached physicians receive an individualized plan designed to support their application to the Addiction Medicine Certification examination.

Educational Tools

MI CARES compartmentalized the Addiction Medicine Certification application and created a tracking tool, complete with an activity description list, which emulates the online application. Participants develop their practice activity descriptions and track their hours; this information is then reviewed by dedicated MI CARES staff. These tools complement one-on-one coaching by streamlining the lengthy application process.

Evidence-based Curriculum Development

Our curriculum was developed by following the ABPM certification exam blueprint. This ensures that our learners are receiving the essential core content for both continuing medical education and curriculum in medical school. MI CARES collaborated with content experts to develop our evidence-based modules, and each has been thoroughly vetted and reviewed for accuracy.

Medical Student Education

MI CARES developed the very first 80-hour Addiction Medicine elective at Michigan State University. The elective combines asynchronous modules, live didactics and synchronous group discussions, all of which can be adapted to meet the needs of other medical school curriculums.

Provide Hope

Participant Spotlights

Dr. Rebecca Clemans

“This specialty brings us close to patients who are desperate for someone to listen and help. You can see such a dramatic change when you start the conversation; the patient looking hopelessly down at the floor, just knowing they will not be heard or understood in this problem they are experiencing, only to turn their faces up to make eye contact, open up, and appear more hopeful. Providing hope is powerful.”

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Dr. Allek Scheele

“Try to look past any media biases you may see as a deterrent and think about the individuals you have encountered who have benefited from treatment. Think about how many of those good people are struggling to find someone to help them.”

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Dr. Andrew King

“Do you want to help others conquer the hardest and most life-altering disease humans face? Are you interested in helping mitigate the familial and social collateral damage addiction causes? Do you want to be in a specialty with huge potential for growth? Do addiction medicine.”

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MI CARES Footprint

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