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Springfield College Physician Assistant Program Chair Part of Opioid Crisis Working Group

Charles Milch, Springfield College Physician Assistant Program chair, joined physician assistant faculty members from colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts to be a part of a working group focused on addressing the opioid crisis in Massachusetts. The group represented a first-in-the-nation, cross-institutional partnership toward the prevention and management of prescription drug misuse.

Led by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, along with the Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants, Milch, along with his colleagues, focused on research that strives to make sure physician assistant students are being trained with the knowledge and skills to prescribe opiates safely, which in turn can assist with limiting morbidity and mortality resulting from prescription and synthetic opioid abuse. The working group’s findings were published in a special article in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education.

Joining Milch as co-authors of the special article in Journal of Physician Assistant Education were representatives from the Boston University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program, the School of Physician Assistant Studies, Westfield State University, Tufts University School of Medicine, Bay Path University, MGH Institute of Health Professions, and Northeastern University.