FMCH 7560

Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Treatment


Elisabeth Arendt
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered



Catalog Description:  This course provides intensive exposure to current approaches to therapy and rehabilitation of substance use disorder patients. The course is participant observation in group therapy sessions and a robust virtual education component. Course director will facilitate clinic participation when available.

Students will complete buprenorphine wavering training and be certified to apply for their buprenorphine upon entering residency. Those that have already completed this training will work with the course director for supplemental learning based on their clinical interests.


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Site Code

Site Name



UMMC - West Bank - West Building


Required session attendance:

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode:  M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm

Direct patient care:  No

Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling

Course Objectives:  The student will become knowledgeable of the diagnosis, treatment, and aftercare of patients and families with substance use disorders. Emphasis will be primarily on the group modality of therapy. At the end of the rotation, the student should demonstrate: knowledge of medical and psychological aspects of chemical dependency treatment; ability to elicitsubstance use history from patients; ability to understand the effects of substance use disorders on the person and family; ability to assess own values about alcohol and other substance use disorders; ability to recognize how stigma affects substance use treatment; ability to interact effectively with multi-disciplinary treatment teams.

Graded Components:

  • Assessment by the course director
  • Small group participation

Grading Scale:  P/N


Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type:  No

Course equivalency:  N/A

Related curricular experience:

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Course evaluation:  MedHub