MGH Tribal Community Symposium on Substance Use Disorder Treatment

August 26, 2020

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe community symposium on substance use disorder (SUDs) treatment will focus on the care of individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). The one-day symposium, to be hosted in northeast South Dakota in the spring of 2020, will be organized and hosted by the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Health Department in collaboration with national and regional partners, including the Massachusetts General Hospital Rural Health Leadership (RHL) program and the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board (GPTCHB). National and regional experts in OUD care and medications for addiction treatment (MAT) will be brought together with community participants and practitioners for an in-depth review of the latest evidence in OUD care. The symposium will include lectures and case-based discussions, with participants asked to submit in advance de-identified patient cases for review and learning in a project ECHO style format. A 4-hour PCSS-certified buprenorphine waiver training for practitioners seeking DEA certification will be offered. Additional sessions will focus on learning from best-practice models that promote collaboration among community SUDs providers and offer treatment resources that support patients with OUD through an arc of care from presentation to recovery.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for clinical providers (physicians, NPs, PAs, social workers, mental health providers, pharmacists) working with the Indian Health Service and Tribal Health organizations in Northeastern South Dakota.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Become familiar with the burden of substance use disorders in the community and the challenges in care access, and acknowledge the role of stigma in current care provision
  2. Review the latest evidence n medications for addiction treatment and discuss ways to integrate evidence into practice
  3. Increase access to medications for addiction treatment
  4. Discuss & commit to more interdisciplinary coordination in the care for patients with substance use disorder

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Massachusetts General Hospital - Department of Medicine & Mass General Brigham

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.50 Nursing Contact Hours
  • 6.50 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
08/26/2020 - 8:00am EDT
Event ends: 
08/26/2020 - 4:30pm EDT

8:00 am Breakfast

8:30 am Guest Speaker
Dr. Melanie Weiss

9:30 am PCSS Training Part I
Dr. Dinah Applewhite & Dr. Matt Tobey

10:30 am Break

11:00 am PCSS Training Part II
Dr. Josephine Henderson-Frost

12:00 pm Lunch

12:30 pm PCSS Training Part III
Dr. Matt Tobey

1:30 pm Project Recovery
Dr. Stephen Tamang

2:00 pm Case Questions
Dr. Dinah Applewhite, Dr. Josephine Henderson-Frost & Dr. Matt Tobey

2:30 pm Break

3:00 pm Experience from the Region & Additional Cases
Dr. Josephine Henderson-Frost & Dr. Matt Tobey

4:00 pm Wrap-Up, Notification of Intent Waiver Form
Dr. Dinah Applewhite, Dr. Josephine Henderson-Frost & Dr. Matt Tobey

4:30 pm Adjourn

Matthew Tobey, MD, MPH - Course Director

Dr. Tobey leads the MGH Rural Medicine Programs, works as a primary care physician at the Rosebud Indian Health Service and manages a medication assisted therapy program in Rosebud, South Dakota. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dinah Applewhite, MD

Dr. Applewhite is an Addiction Medicine physician in Boston, Massachusetts who works with homeless individuals and other special populations. She is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Josephine Henderson-Frost, MD

Dr. Henderson-Frost is originally from rural New Hampshire where she grew up with a love for the outdoors. She received her BA from Harvard College and MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. She completed residency in internal medicine and primary care at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is now a fellow in rural health leadership.

Stephen Tamang, MD

Dr Tamang is the founder of Project Recovery, a facility located in Rapid City that provides addiction treatment across the state.  Among face-to-face visits, the Project Recovery team also continues providing telemedicine services allowing patients to receive treatment remotely for opioid, alcohol, and meth. 

Melanie Weiss, OD

Dr Weiss is an optometrist from Watertown, SD who struggled with opioid use disorder herself.  She uses her story to spread awareness. Her mission through My Vision and My Hope is to “spread awareness about her journey through the addiction to pain medication and her recovery and that sometimes bad things happen to good people but you have a choice to let it define you or make something of it.”

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Mass General Brigham and Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation. Mass General Brigham is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical & Professional Development at Massachusetts General Hospital is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91)

Criteria for successful completion include: check-in at the beginning of the program, attendance at the entire event and submission of a completed evaluation.

Available Credit

  • 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.50 Nursing Contact Hours
  • 6.50 Participation


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