Introducing the NIDA CoEs Medical School and Residency Program Curriculum Resources on Drug Abuse and Addiction
The NIDA CoE curriculum resources provide accurate information about substance abuse, addiction, its consequences, and treatment in a variety of formats that can be incorporated into existing curricula. Currently, the NIDA CoE curriculum resources for medical students and resident physicians include:
- Topic Areas: Prescription drug abuse, methamphetamine abuse, talking to patients about sensitive topics, and general substance use disorders.
- Formats: Lectures, problem- and case-based studies, a faculty workshop, a Web module, an interclerkship, and an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).
- Target Populations: Medical students years 1-4, resident physicians, and medical school faculty.
The NIDA CoE curriculum resources are rooted in the competencies recommended for physicians by professional medical organizations including the American Medical Association, Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the President's Leadership Conference on Medical Education in Substance Abuse report. The NIDA CoE curriculum resources also adhere to the six general competency domains issued by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as part of its Outcome Project (Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, and Systems-based Practice) and, in particular, by the ACGME's residency education requirements for addiction psychiatry.