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Treatment leaders create addiction topics course for second-year med students

August 11, 2014
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Several heavy hitters in addiction treatment and research have teamed up to offer an online training course in addiction and recovery topics for second-year medical students.

The Course on Addiction and Recovery Education (CARE) grew out of a collaboration among the Treatment Research Institute (TRI), the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), with the organization MedU making the service available by subscription for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The curriculum includes 14 video lectures on topics in managing substance use disorders, each presented by a nationally known expert. Test materials and three virtual patient cases also are part of the course offerings.

“Educating the next generation of physicians on how to identify and treat emerging substance use disorders is critical to improving all areas of healthcare, not just addiction treatment,” TRI chief executive A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, said in a news release. “Alcohol and other substance use affect the course, management, costs and outcomes of virtually all chronic illnesses—but it has been virtually ignored in most medical, nursing and pharmacy school curricula.”

While the course is designed for second-year medical students, the sponsoring groups have interest in extending it to under-trained practicing physicians as well.