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Physician Education

AMERSA Physician Education Special Interest Group

The mission of the Physician Education Special Interest Group is to improve physician education in substance use through both improved curriculum/content development and changes in instructional policy.

A major goal of this Special Interest Group is to facilitate required training in Addiction Medicine for all allopathic and osteopathic residency and fellowship programs. Additionally, the Special Interest Group supports other members and outside groups to identify relevant curricular resources and experts to develop and deliver resident/fellow training in substance use disorders at their institutions.

The Special Interest Group has also initiated (in 2010) and continues to support the Coalition on Physician Education in Substance Use Disorders. (COPE).

COPE’s goal is to improve the education of all allopathic and osteopathic medical students about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use disorders, and to help the faculty provide their students with the knowledge and skills they need to prevent, screen for, diagnose and manage substance use disorders in their practice regardless of the location or specialty in which they ultimately practice.

The AMERSA Physician Special Interest Group enthusiastically welcomes interested new members to work on these important projects.