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Be Patient With Your Patients 
  • Dr. Nicholas Chien is our recent fellowship graduate. Now the Assistant Program Director, he closely mentors our fellows.  
Raising Overdose Awareness on Chicago’s West Side/ The Overdose Crisis in Illinois: 2021 and International Overdose Awareness Day 2021
  • International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31 each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. The day also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends, remembering those who have died or suffered permanent injuries due to drug overdose. Rush students and faculty, along with many community partners, provided overdose reversal training and distribution of Narcan/naloxone; PPE distribution; referral to medication-assisted recovery for addiction treatment; and housing assistance.
Overcoming Barriers to Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a plan to publish Practice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder. This announcement caused a mix of enthusiasm, skepticism, and confusion in the medical community. The reaction of the plan to publish the guidelines less than two weeks later by the Biden administration has created an opportunity for fundamental and needed reform, written by Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH, Institutes for Behavior Resources Inc., Ruchi M. Fitzgerald, MD, Associate Program Director Addiction Medicine Program at Rush, and Sarah E. Wakeman, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital online in American Medical Association Journal, February 25, 2021.  
  • Congratulations to Dr. Ruchi Fitzgerald for winning the Attendees’ Choice Award at the 2021 Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) Virtual Education Conference - World Disrupted: Caring for the Caregivers in Uncertain Times for her poster presentation entitled “Rewrite the Stars”: How PHPas Enhance Recovery and Foster Resiliency.” 
2nd Annual Problem & Compulsive Gambling Symposium 
  • Centerstone and the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling (ICPG) teamed up to put on the 2nd annual Centerstone Problem and Compulsive Gambling Symposium featuring the ICPG Administrator Bill Johnson speaking about “The Stigma of Addiction.” Professor T. Celeste Napier presented the “Neuroscience of factors that contribute to gambling disorders.” 
The Pandemic Has Forced A Mental Health Reckoning in Medicine  
  • COVID-19 has blanketed the work in an unrelenting fog of stress, anxiety, fear, fatigue, and grief. At the same time, the U.S. has faced months of civil unrest, an unprecedented election season, and natural disasters ranging from hurricanes to fires. Experts like Dr. Gail Basch offer advice regarding two critical challenges in addressing physician stress. 
Curbside Consultation Caring for the Physician Affected by Substance Use Disorder
  • Dr. Ruchi M. Fitzgerald’s commentary was published in American Family Physician journal 2021 March 1;103(5):302-304. 
Naloxone Training with Continuing Education
  • Created by Dr. Nicholas Chien, this 42-minute CME learning module is packed with information!
Thresholds Hero Award received by Rush Addiction Medicine Fellowship
  • Received in 2020 for outstanding commitment to the Thresholds mission.