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COPE Curriculum Innovation Challenge 2.0:
Innovative Learning and Teaching About Substance Use/ Opioid Use Disorders

The opioid epidemic continues to be a serious public health issue, with overdose a leading cause of death.  The coronavirus pandemic exacerbated opioid and substance use and further damages our most vulnerable communities. Medical schools are “responding with new approaches to prevent, identify, and treat pain and substance use disorders, delivering pain management and addiction education, and leading efforts in this area to advance medical research and promote innovations in clinical care.” (AAMC, 2019) COPE seeks to build on these efforts and contribute to the resources of innovative, learning-centered curriculum available to medical schools by stimulating the creativity, ingenuity, and knowledge of faculty mentors across the country.

Call for Submissions
COPE invites submissions for the Curriculum Innovation Challenge: Innovative Learning and Teaching About Substance Use Disorders 2.0 in support of current initiatives of the American Academy of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).

  • COPE’s Curriculum Innovation Challenge 2.0 intends to support medical school faculty and medical student teams in integrating addiction medicine content into core clerkship rotations.
  • This effort is designed to foster engagement and collaboration between addiction medicine experts, medical school faculty (clerkship directors or the equivalent), and medical students using cutting-edge concepts and training tools.

In the Curriculum Innovation Challenge 2.0, COPE will seek to support and empower faculty/student teams in integrating addiction medicine curricula in their school. Through a series of three virtual conferences, teams will be led in developing components of an addiction medicine curriculum and planning the subsequent implementation, all based on the needs of their school. Resources in goal setting, curriculum design, and other topics will be deployed in service of this project.

Eligibility to Apply
To submit an application, a faculty member must:

  • Teach in a medical school in the United States or its territories
  • Be a clerkship director or the equivalent
  • Be prepared to identify at least one medical student to participate in the initiative
  • Be committed to integrating one or more components of addiction medicine into their medical school’s clerkship.

Preference will be given to those applications that demonstrate strong commitment to the process. In an effort to integrate addiction medicine into areas of clinical medicine where this topic is not currently addressed, COPE will give preference to schools who do not have dedicated faculty support in addiction medicine.

Submission deadline: August 31, 2022, 11:59 PM Eastern Time
The 10-15 exemplary applications that fulfill the criteria will be announced in early September and will participate in the Virtual Collaborative Conferences in Fall, Winter and Spring.

FMI contact: Jenifer Van Deusen, COPE Executive Director,

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Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI083343 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.