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School of Medicine curriculum includes substance abuse components


School of Medicine curriculum components target opioid prescription, substance abuse, and pain management

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School of Medicine


Dr. Norman Ferrari


The SOM's medical curriculum has first- and second- year courses that specifically address ways to identify patients at risk of addiction and refer them to appropriate treatment.  Physical Diagnosis and Physical Integration I (CCMD 746), a first year course, addresses tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse and the growing problem of prescription drug abuse and misuse.  Physical Diagnosis and Physical Integration II (CCMD 721), a second year course, informs students of signs and characteristics of a healthcare professional with a drug abuse issue and resources that can help.  Health Care Ethics (CCMD 725) is also a second-year medical course that addresses such topics as "doctor shopping," legal obligations, and recent state laws and bills that target prescription drug abuse and diversion.  Medical Pharmacology (PCOL 801) is a second year course that offers two didactic sessions targeting opioids and drug abuse.  Students are given  clinical learning experiences that target drug abuse and treatment including a psychiatry clerkship and interprofessional health sessions.  The medical degree curriculum committee is poised to create a "Drug Abuse and Pain Management" thread which will have components appear throughout the 4 year curriculum. 

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