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Published: April 25, 2024

PODCAST: 1 in 5 Series: “To Help Others Find Doctors Like You”: A Patient and Her Doctor Talk MOUD

At the California Academy of Family Physicians, we know that Addiction Medicine is Family Medicine. In our latest series 1 in 5, we bring you stories of doctors - and their patients - who have worked together to reduce the harm done by opioid use disorder (OUD). These brief stories will bring you into the hearts and minds of our guests. We hope that this will inspire you to do everything in your power to bring medical attention to the OUD patients in your practice. 

1 in 5 Series: “To Help Others Find Doctors Like You”: A Patient and Her Doctor Talk MOUD

This episode introduces you to a patient and her doctor whose work together has enabled a family to stay together and a strong woman to change the course of her life.


  • Dr. Gloria Sanchez, MD is a Harbor UCLA Family Medicine Residency faculty and is Board certified in addiction medicine. She has focused her career on assessing and trying to meet the needs of underserved communities. Teaching future physicians the critical skills necessary to assess and treat substance use disorders has become a primary pursuit. Her overall goal remains to create national initiatives in medical training and public policy that meet the needs of vulnerable patient’s suffering from substance use disorders.
  • Jessica is Dr. Sanchez’s patient and, as of this podcast, a Patient Advocate. She is a 34 y/o woman who came to Harbor UCLA to deliver her second child. She met Dr. Sanchez then because she was looking for help with her fentanyl dependence. Jessica transferred from the hospital to an inpatient program, and then to a sober living location with her baby girl. She has been vocal and determined to find help, and is eager to share her experience with you today. She wants to help others find doctors like Dr. Sanchez.
  • Our interviewer, Dr. Tipu Khan is the Chief of Addiction Medicine, Fellowship Director, and Core FM Faculty at Ventura County Medical Center. He leads the Primary Care Hepatitis C Eradication Project and Backpack Medicine Team. Tipu serves as Director of Addiction Medicine for HealthRight360 Southern California and is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at USC Keck School of Medicine. He practices full spectrum Family Medicine, from ER to inpatient, OB and clinic and has a niche in managing SUD in pregnancy.

The Family Docs Podcast is hosted by Rob Assibey, MD, FAAFP.


CAFP’s SUD webpage, including MOUD Champions https://familydocs.org/sud

Article: Stigma Against Patients With Substance Use Disorders Among Health Care Professionals and Trainees and Stigma-Reducing Interventions: A Systematic Review

The Bridge (formerly CA Bridge) https://bridgetotreatment.org

UCSF Warm Line https://nccc.ucsf.edu/clinician-consultation/substance-use-management/

Series Information

The Family Docs Podcast series 1 in 5 is supported by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

The Family Docs podcast is developed, produced, and recorded by the California Academy of Family Physicians. The views and opinions expressed in this program are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of any entities they represent or the California Academy of Family Physicians. Copyright 2024, California Academy of Family Physicians.

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