Program Curriculum

The curriculum covers major advances in the field of clinical addiction medicine presented through didactic presentations, journal clubs, case-based discussions, small group workshops, skills practice sessions, visits to a Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, small group meetings with individuals in recovery, and one-on-one mentoring with course faculty.

Jeanette Tetrault, CRIT Faculty

Addiction Science

  • Epidemiology
  • Neurobiology of addiction
  • Genetics of addiction
  • Pharmacology of substances of abuse

Clinical Practice

  • Screening and assessment, including techniques to interview patients with unhealthy substance use
  • Identifying stages of behavioral change
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Treatment (e.g., brief intervention, pharmacotherapy)
  • Relapse prevention
  • Pain management in the substance-dependent patient


Rich Saitz, CRIT Faculty

Teaching Skills

  • Incorporating addiction medicine into a residency curriculum
  • Effective teaching techniques (e.g., teaching the reluctant learner)
  • Giving feedback to learners

Research Exposure

  • Review of clinically relevant addiction medicine┬áresearch
  • Exploring career opportunities in addiction medicine research
  • Critical appraisal of articles on addiction medicine


Angela Jackson, CRIT Faculty

Faculty Mentoring

  • Review goals and approaches for effective mentoring
  • Practice mentoring techniques

Other Training Components

CRIT Program Substance Use Teaching Project Action Plan Samples


Program Evaluation

CRIT participants are expected to complete a series of evaluation instruments to help us gauge the effectiveness of the program. For Chief Residents this process includes a baseline survey as part of the application; a pre- and post-test and a post-training survey while at CRIT; four bi-monthly logs about teaching addiction medicine; a six month follow-up; and a brief final survey at around 11 months following CRIT. Faculty Mentors complete variations on a subset of these. Responses are confidential, and data are aggregated across participants.