Pediatric ED Evaluation for Risk of Substances (PEERS)


PEERS uses an established near-peer model, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training and clinical framework, and comprehensive social needs assessment. As a service-learning experience at the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, PEERS provides first and second year medical students with the opportunity to learn and practice brief screening of risky behaviors (sexual behavior and substance use disorder) and motivational intervention in the pediatric ED. We will additionally screen for social needs including housing, education/job services, food access, etc.