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

COPE invites submissions to the Curriculum Innovation Challenge: Innovative Learning and Teaching About Substance Use/ Opioid 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). This Opioid Response Network-funded initiative intends to support teams of medical school faculty and medical student 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.

To be eligible to apply 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, will give preference to schools who do not have dedicated faculty support in addiction medicine.

Submission deadline: August 15, 2022, 11:59 PM Eastern Time
The 10-15 exemplary applications that fulfill the criteria will be announced in late August.
Virtual Collaborative Conferences in Fall, Winter and Spring will be scheduled according to participants’ preference

Eligible faculty members shall submit the one-page application that includes the following:

  • The name and contact information of the faculty mentor(s) — and medical student(s), if available at this time.
  • A statement of commitment to recruit one (or more) medical students to work on the project.
  • A summary of the proposed integration of addiction medicine into the school’s clerkship curriculum, including a commitment to integrate addiction medicine into the clinical curriculum in a core clerkship experience.
  • Agreement to participate in three virtual Collaborative Conferences to commence in the Fall of 2022 for a fall, winter, and spring session to be determined based on participant availability.
  • A signature of support from the appropriate Administrator (Regional Assistant Dean, Dean of Clinical Education, etc.).

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.