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Subst Abus. 2006 Dec;27(4):1-7.

Medical students' knowledge about alcohol and drug problems: results of the medical council of Canada examination.

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  • 1Center for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada. kahanm@stjoe.on.ca

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To determine knowledge of a national sample of medical students about substance withdrawal, screening and early intervention, medical and psychiatric complications of addiction, and treatment options.

METHODS:

Based on learning objectives developed by medical faculty, twenty-two questions on addictions were included in the 1998 Canadian licensing examination.

RESULTS:

The exam was written by 858 medical students. The average score on the addiction questions was 64%. Students showed strong knowledge of the clinical features of medical complications. Specific knowledge gaps were identified for withdrawal treatment protocols, low-risk drinking guidelines, taking an alcohol history, substance-induced psychiatric disorders, and Alcoholics Anonymous.

CONCLUSION:

Medical students are knowledge-deficient around key learning objectives in addictions. The deficiencies were in areas of basic knowledge that could be learnt with little difficulty.

PMID:
17347120
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