Emergency BU Alert Boston University's Charles River Campus is cancelling evening classes on Monday, February 8, 2016. All academic and administrative activities (e.g. classes, seminars and meetings) that are scheduled to take place before 5:00 PM will meet as scheduled. Academic and administrative operations that are normally scheduled to occur after 5:00 PM will be cancelled. For detailed information on the Boston University Medical Campus, please go to: http://www.bu.edu/ehs/comm Please note: Employees in essential services must report as scheduled. Essential services include, but are not limited to, University Police, Facilities Management and Planning, University Dining Services, University Mail Services, Student Health Services, Environmental Health & Safety and Network Services. For the latest information please go to: http://www.bu.edu/today

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.