Substance Use Disorder Residency Curriculum

A collaboration between ACEP, ABEM, CORD, and EMRA has led to the development of a curriculum for emergency medicine residency programs. This curriculum aims to teach residents about SUD disease processes and evidence-based treatment options, reduce stigma, and empower emergency physicians to actively engage patients in treatment.

The learning objectives for the Substance Use Disorder SUD Curriculum with the focus on Emergency Medicine (EM) and EM Residents were identified using the objectives from the comprehensive SUD curriculum for Medical Professionals and conducting a two-part modified Delphi to prioritize and focus objectives pertinent to and relevant for EM. 

The curriculum is comprised of approximately 20-minute modules covering: Introduction to Opioids, Treatment and Management of Opioid Use Disorder, Alcohol and Benzodiazepines, Tobacco, Cannabis and Vaping, Stimulants, and Special Populations.


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Funding disclaimer: Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79FG000021-01from 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.