Physicians can play a significant role in chemical dependency, including early identification and intervention, referral to treatment resources, patient and community education, and responsible prescribing practices. Some medical schools have begun to provide instruction in the psychology, pharmacology, and physical pathology of chemical dependency; yet surveys indicate that few offer supervised clinical experience with chemically dependent patients. At the University of Minnesota Medical School, chemical dependency treatment centers are used to provide supervised clinical tutorials for all second year students as part of a coordinated chemical dependency curriculum. The authors describe the development, goals, organization, instructional approaches, and assessment of these tutorials. It is argued that chemical dependency treatment centers are a valuable resource in the education of medical students, as well as other professionals, if used with a view to their assets and limitations.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
J. W. developed and coordinated the chemical dependency curriculum with the partial support of a Career Teacher Grant awarded to him for 3 years (1973-75) by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Grant #5-POl-DA-O0040-03.
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