HMSOM, Seton Hall Colleagues Take Part in Roundtable with White House ONDCP

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine has prided itself on training its students to treat opioid-use disorders for several years. Now representatives were able to share some of their successes with the White House.

Vice Dean Stanley R. Terlecky, Ph.D., and recent graduate Leo Gefter, M.D., a Jersey Shore University Medical Center psychiatry resident, met with Rahul Gupta, M.D., director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, for a roundtable on Feb. 22, at the Volunteers of America location in Collingswood, N.J.

Gupta, Terlecky and Gefter were joined by members from Seton Hall University’s College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences. Together the three schools have trained students via Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants supporting medication-assisted treatment (MAT) training since 2018.

The value of the Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus collaboration was explored in an hour with Dr. Gupta.

To read more about the ONDCP visit to New Jersey, find the White House press release here.