Internal Medicine Residency Training for Unhealthy Alcohol and Other Drug Use: Recommendations for Curriculum Design


Show simple item record Jackson, Angela H en_US Alford, Daniel P en_US Dubé, Catherine E en_US Saitz, Richard en_US 2011-12-29T21:02:14Z 2011-12-29T21:02:14Z 2010 en_US 2010-3-15 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Jackson, Angela H, Daniel P Alford, Catherine E Dubé, Richard Saitz. "Internal medicine residency training for unhealthy alcohol and other drug use: recommendations for curriculum design." BMC Medical Education 10:22. (2010) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1472-6920 en_US
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Unhealthy substance use is the spectrum from use that risks harm, to use associated with problems, to the diagnosable conditions of substance abuse and dependence, often referred to as substance abuse disorders. Despite the prevalence and impact of unhealthy substance use, medical education in this area remains lacking, not providing physicians with the necessary expertise to effectively address one of the most common and costly health conditions. Medical educators have begun to address the need for physician training in unhealthy substance use, and formal curricula have been developed and evaluated, though broad integration into busy residency curricula remains a challenge. DISCUSSION: We review the development of unhealthy substance use related competencies, and describe a curriculum in unhealthy substance use that integrates these competencies into internal medicine resident physician training. We outline strategies to facilitate adoption of such curricula by the residency programs. This paper provides an outline for the actual implementation of the curriculum within the structure of a training program, with examples using common teaching venues. We describe and link the content to the core competencies mandated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the formal accrediting body for residency training programs in the United States. Specific topics are recommended, with suggestions on how to integrate such teaching into existing internal medicine residency training program curricula. SUMMARY: Given the burden of disease and effective interventions available that can be delivered by internal medicine physicians, teaching about unhealthy substance use must be incorporated into internal medicine residency training, and can be done within existing teaching venues. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Betty Ford Institute en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2010 Jackson et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.title Internal Medicine Residency Training for Unhealthy Alcohol and Other Drug Use: Recommendations for Curriculum Design en_US
dc.type article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/1472-6920-10-22 en_US
dc.identifier.pubmedid 20230607 en_US
dc.identifier.pmcid 2848062 en_US

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