Alcohol medical scholars program - A mentorship program for improving medical education regarding substance use disorders

Karin J. Neufeld, Marc A. Schuckit, Carlos A. Hernandez-Avila

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Abstract

The Alcohol Medical Scholars Program (AMSP) is designed to improve medical education related to substance use disorders (SUDs) through mentorship of junior, full-time academic faculty from medical schools across the United States. Scholarship focuses on literature review and synthesis, lecture development and delivery, increasing SUD education in their medical schools, professional development, and networking. Results are reported from an anonymous survey of self-reported changes in educational involvement by 28 of 33 AMSP graduates. Participation was associated with a 4-fold increase in yearly SUD lecture time and topics, increased numbers of medical disciplines taught and trained in clinical rotations, design of new SUD-related electives and journal clubs, and membership on medical education committees. Sixty percent of scholars reported promotion since involvement in AMSP, with the majority endorsing the organization's contribution to professional development. AMSP is a useful mentorship model for junior faculty and is associated with increasing SUD-related medical education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-127
Number of pages7
JournalSubstance Abuse
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Addiction
  • faculty development
  • medical education
  • mentorship
  • substance use disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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