This Specialty track page has resources for those interested in studying substance use disorders and addiction medicine
You can design your own program from the following components:
Resources and Ideas
The Education of a Lifetime with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Often described by participants as “a life-changing experience,” the Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS) program is designed to educate your heart and mind.
By shadowing addiction treatment patients and family program participants, you will gain extraordinary insight into the dynamics of addiction and the process of healing. Your week will include:
- Classroom instruction
- Clinical observation
- Integration into patient life
SPECIFICALLY FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS
Substance use disorders are arguably the nation’s leading health problem. Our intensive educational program prepares you to effectively address all aspects of the disease in your medical practice, from assessment to treatment to recovery issues. Lecture topics include:
- Bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of the disease of addiction
- Evidence-based and holistic approaches to care
- Twelve Step recovery principles and practices
- Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California
- Hazelden in Center City, Minnesota
WHEN TO APPLY
- Applications are accepted annually December 1 through March 1
- Acceptance is announced April 1.
Thanks to the generosity of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation donors, the Summer Institute for Medical Students program is offered at no cost to qualifying applicants. Travel and lodging expenses are also provided for students through a scholarship fund.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
- Joseph Skrajewski, Executive Director of Medical and Professional Education
1-760-773-4375 or via email: MPE@hazeldenbettyford.org
- Learn about this program at: http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/education/medical-and-professional-education/summer-institute-for-medical-students
An article about the SIMS program: http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/articles/biro/revolutionizing-addiction-education
- Facing Addiction to America the very recently released report from the Surgeon General on alcohol, drugs and health.
- A website with a great deal of information about substance use disorder education. https://www.drugabuse.gov/nidamed-medical-health-professionals/centers-excellence-coe-physician-information
- The Osteopathic specialty society for Addiction Medicine
- The American Society of Addiction Medicine
- California Society of Addiction Medicine
- Continuing Medical Education program focused on medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction: www.pcssmat.org/pain-and-addiction/
- Participation in 12-Step Recovery Support Groups such as AA, Al-Anon, Al-A-Teen, or NA.
- Assigned reading: Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors were duped, patients got hooked and why it’s so hard to stop by Anna Lembke, MD 2016 Johns Hopkins University Press. Available for purchase on Amazon.com.
To incorporate the HBFF SIMS in the Summertime you would likely need to do a longitudinal design specialty track – other activities can take place during the scheduled CD rotation block.