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What We Do

promoting evidence-based care

OUR WORK

TEACH OUD is an educational outreach initiative, sometimes called “academic detailing,” that uses a variety of teaching methods to provide unbiased, evidence-based information about health practices to improve patient care. TEACH OUD focuses specifically on educating health professionals in Austin and Travis County about opioid use disorder (OUD). TEACH OUD is a non-commercial initiative and does not receive any funding from industry.

Group
Training

We offer FREE presentation-based trainings to groups of any size and in any setting, including staff meetings, lunch-and-learns, grand rounds, online webinars, or professional conferences. Group trainings consist of approximately 60 minutes of generalized content about OUD care and best practices, and 15 minutes of tailored content to either emergency department or primary care settings. The group training content is accredited for 1.25 hours of continuing education for a variety of professions, including medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and social work.

One-on-one
Coaching

We also offer FREE personalized education and coaching in a one-on-one, face-to-face setting at your practice site. Coaching sessions are brief (10 to 20 minutes) and driven by questions specific to you and your practice. This type of education is highly interactive, where our academic detailer will review hands-on resources and tools available to you to help better empower you to provide care for your patients living with OUD. Additional resources and follow-up may be provided via email or future coaching visits.

Continuing
Education

Interested in a group training but can’t find the time to schedule one? No problem! We also offer the presentation-based group trainings online for home study completely FREE of charge. Like the group trainings, the online CE modules consist of approximately 60 minutes of generalized content about OUD care and best practices, and 15 minutes of tailored content to either emergency department or primary care settings. Both CE modules are accredited for 1.25 hours of continuing education for a variety of professions, including medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and social work.

Meet Our Detailer

Daniel Sledge, BA, LP

Daniel is a licensed paramedic and the Academic Detailer for the TEACH OUD initiative. He earned his paramedic certification from Temple College and has more than 12 years of experience in the field, including serving as the Lead Paramedic for the Williamson County Mobile Outreach Unit and the Paramedic and Medical Provider Supervisor for the newly-formed Round Rock Fire Department Crisis Response Unit. In his previous roles, Daniel responded to behavioral health crisis calls in the field, aiding in pre-arrest jail diversions and emergency department diversions where possible. He also conducted follow-up visits for people who received EMS treatment for drug overdoses. During these visits, Daniel provided naloxone kits, trained patients and their loved ones on its administration, and - if wanted - helped connect them to community support and evidence-based care to reduce harms and promote positive change. Daniel is appointed to two federal committees: the SAMHSA Interdepartmental Substance Use Disorders Coordinating Committee (ISUDCC) and the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Countering the US Opioid Epidemic. Daniel is also the 2023 recipient of the Ulysses “Mac” McLester Champion of Recovery Award by Communities for Recovery. He provides professional presentations and training on local, regional, and national levels, but prefers and enjoys teaching. Before venturing into the medical field, Daniel worked as a musician and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Texas. He lives with his wife, son, and two cats in Austin, TX, and his favorite food is spaghetti.

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