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COPE Medical Student Curriculum Challenge: Innovative Learning and Teaching About Substance Use/ Opioid Use Disorders

Medical School Addiction Medicine Curriculum: Designed for Medical Students by Medical Students Available for Free Download

In the spring of 2021, supported by the Opioid Response Network, COPE released a call for submissions to the Medical Student Curriculum Challenge: Innovative Learning and Teaching About Substance Use/ Opioid Use Disorders, in alignment with 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 challenged medical students to utilize their knowledge and creativity to design learning resources related to the development of the knowledge, skills and attitudes critical to providing care to persons with substance use/ opioid use disorders (SUD/OUD).

COPE received 36 outstanding submissions from over 32 medical schools across the country. Each submission was reviewed twice, using a rigorous scoring system. The highest scoring submissions received modest monetary reimbursement from the Opioid Response Network for their work on the curriculum designs, which are provided here for adoption or adaption in medical schools across the country.

The student-created curriculum designs are here to download.

To download:

  • Click on the link of the curriculum design that interests you.
  • The first time you choose a design, you will be prompted to create an account. You will be asked to fill in your contact information. You will not be asked for credit card or banking information since the designs are free of charge. This method will enable us to track how many times each design was downloaded.
  • Select the boxes next to the designs you want to download and click on the “ADD TO CART” button. That will take you to the “CART” page where you can edit your free order. When you’re ready, click on the “PROCEED TO CHECKOUT” button. You may then download a PDF of the curriculum designs.
  • Once your account is created you may download as many of the designs as you wish.

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Comprehensive SUD Curriculum for Second Year Medical Students by Case et al Medical School Curriculum R1Winner
Flipped Classroom Curriculum Approach to Learning About Substance Use Disorders and Their Treatment by Law, et al. Medical School Curriculum R3Winner
Introduction to Addiction Medicine. By A. Dagnuts et al. Medical School Curriculum R10Winner
LICENSE (Language, Impact, Communication, Engagement, Non-Stigmatizing, Effectiveness) By Frohman, et al Medical School Curriculum R2Winner
Opioid Use Disorder Online Workshop by Noureddine et al Medical School Curriculum R2Winner
Reduce Overdose Deaths by SOMA varied Regions Medical School CurriculumWinner
Reducing Stigma by Unmasking Unconscious Bias by Klug et al Medical School CurriculumWinner
Substance Use Disorder in Pregnancy by Saravanan Medical School Curriculum R1Winner
Bias and Stigma and Preparing Physicians SUD Care by Santenello and Terentieva Medical School Curriculum R1Honorable Mention
Build Structural Competence and Introduce Harm Reduction Principles by Epstein et al.,Medical School Curriculum R2Honorable Mention
Humanizing Substance Use by Gautam Nayyar et al Medical School Curriculum R2Honorable Mention
Opioid Overdose Identification and Naloxone Administration Training by Ehrhardt and Litardo Medical School Curriculum R4Honorable Mention

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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.

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