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Call for Submissions -- ALERT: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15, 2021
Medical Student Curriculum Challenge:
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 exacerbates 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 medical students across the country.

Call for Submissions

COPE seeks submissions for the Medical Student Curriculum Challenge: Innovative Learning and Teaching About Substance Use/ Opioid Use Disorders, in support of current initiatives of the American Academy of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).  This effort is designed to stimulate, surface, and disseminate state-of-the-art learning resources that ensure that rising physicians learn about the prevention, identification, treatment, and recovery of patients with Substance Use/ Opioid Use Disorders (SUD/OUD).

COPE invites medical student individuals or teams guided by a faculty mentor to submit integrative approaches that embed addiction medicine concepts into existing curriculum and support the learning of medical students in the arena of addiction in general, and/or OUD and SUDs in particular, creating an interdisciplinary curriculum thread within UME. Attention to Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and the use of stimulants is also of interest.  Learning resource curriculum designs may focus on, but are not limited to:

  • Prevention of substance use disorders
  • The etiology of addiction
  • The neurobiology of addiction
  • The stigma associated with substance use disorders
  • Screening for/ identification of substance use disorders
  • Social determinants of health that impact substance use disorders
  • Diversity and structural racism effects on substance use disorders
  • Structural competency related to substance use disorders
  • Harm reduction practices
  • Behavioral approaches to working with patients with substance use disorders
  • Specialty-specific approaches to patients with substance use disorders
  • Response to the coronavirus in patients with substance use disorders
  • Safe prescribing of opioids
  • Pain management in patients with substance use disorders
  • Supporting the recovery of persons with substance use disorders
  • Developing resiliency in physicians who work with persons with substance use disorders
  • Engaging community partners and persons with lived experience

Novel instructional strategies, approaches to ensuring learning, and unique assessment types are sought. All applicants will be encouraged to implement their curriculum design when possible and then submit the results of their work to MedEdPORTAL®.

Submissions will be reviewed using a standardized approach (see Application Form). Ten innovative applicants whose submissions fulfill the criteria will receive $500 (for an individual) or $1,000 (for a team) in support of the time to create the curriculum, which will be published on COPE’s website, and may be produced as Modules freely available to all medical schools.

Eligibility to Apply

To submit an application, medical students must:

  • Attend a medical school in the United States or its territories
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Work as an individual or in a team
  • Have a faculty mentor as part of the team.


Submission deadline: April15, 2021, 11:59 PM Eastern Time

The ten exemplary applications that fulfill the criteria will be announced in mid-April

For More Information

Contact Jenifer Van Deusen, COPE Executive Director,

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 6H79TI080816 and 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.