Program Curriculum

Dr. Rich Saitz, Faculty

The curriculum covers major advances in the field of clinical addiction medicine presented through didactic presentations, one-on-one teaching project mentoring with our faculty, small group skills practice sessions and case discussions, meetings with guests in recovery, and observations of  AA meetings.

Dr. Jeanette Tetrault, Faculty

Addiction Science

  • Epidemiology
  • Neurobiology of addiction
  • Genetics of addiction
  • Pharmacology of drugs and alcohol

Clinical Practice

  • Screening, assessment, and brief intervention
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Treatment methods (e.g., pharmacotherapy)
  • Relapse prevention
  • Pain management in patients with a substance use disorder
  • Safe opioid prescribing
  • Overdose education and naloxone distribution

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 research
  • Exploration of career opportunities in addiction medicine research
  • Critical appraisal of articles on addiction medicine
Angela Jackson, Faculty

Faculty Mentoring

  • Review goals and approaches for effective mentoring
  • Practice mentoring techniques
  • Support chief resident in their development of a Substance Use Teaching Project

Program Evaluation

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 the training; four bi-monthly logs about teaching addiction medicine; a six month follow-up; and a brief final survey at around 11 months following the training. Faculty Mentors  and Junior Faculty complete variations on a subset of these. Responses are confidential, and data are aggregated across participants.

Other Training Components

Substance Use Teaching Project Action Plan Samples