Monday, November 9, 2009

National Institute on Drug Abuse provides new resource


The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), revealed a series of new educational resources through its Centers of Excellence for Physician Information Program (NIDA CoEs).

Why this new resource? There's a tremendous need for medical education on this topic.
Drug abuse and addiction are often insufficiently covered in medical school curricula, despite the fact that drug use affects a wide range of health conditions and drug abuse and addiction are themselves major public health issues.
It's great to see the government investing some much needed resources in this area. Here's a brief summary of what you can expect:
The new NIDA CoE curriculum resources provide scientifically accurate information on substance abuse, addiction and its consequences to help meet the educational needs of medical students, residents and medical school faculty. The first seven curriculum resources include lectures, problem-based case studies, a faculty workshop, and a web module, any of which can be incorporated into existing medical curricula.
To learn more, visit: http://www.nida.nih.gov

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