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NIH Public Bulletin – January 2011

New Curriculum Resources on Drug Abuse and Addiction

Format: Curriculum Resources
Institute: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

In November, the Centers of Excellence for Physician Information program launched three new curriculum resources to improve drug abuse and addiction training for future physicians. The program is part of NIDAMED, NIDA's physician outreach initiative.

The new curriculum resources include:

  • An objective structured clinical exam from Boston University School of Medicine on opioid risk management that covers how to initiate and manage long-term opioid pain therapy in patients with chronic pain and how to discuss risks and benefits of opioids for chronic pain with patients.
  • A lecture presentation from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences on how to talk to patients about sensitive subjects, including drug and alcohol use and abuse, intimate partner violence, and sexual history and concerns.
  • A methamphetamine lecture and interclerkship developed by Creighton University that introduces learners to methamphetamine abuse and dependence, including methods of abuse, methamphetamine's stimulant effects, and the short- and long-term effects on users.

The resources were launched at the Association of American Medical Colleges 2010 Annual Meeting's "Innovations in Medical Education" session in Washington, DC.

Next Steps

You can find more information on the new resources at

This page last reviewed on September 6, 2012

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