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Acad Psychiatry. 2019 Feb;43(1):13-17. doi: 10.1007/s40596-018-0959-6. Epub 2018 Jul 31.

Addictions Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowships.

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1
Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA. Justine.Welsh@Emory.edu.
2
Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA.
3
Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The primary purpose of this article is to identify current gaps in adolescent addictions training in order to develop a strategic plan to enhance clinical and didactic curricula for child and adolescent psychiatry fellowships.

METHODS:

The American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) Taskforce on Addictions was assembled in 2017 and consisted of 10 AADPRT members and 4 consultants to the committee with known experience in addictions treatment and training. A 21-item survey was developed and disseminated to all AADPRT members who were Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (CAP) fellowship directors using the AADPRT Listserv (nā€‰=ā€‰109). Data were exported from the SurveyMonkey platform to provide deidentified responses to each question.

RESULTS:

Forty-seven programs (43%) responded to the survey. In supervision and education, 40.43% of programs denied making use of expertise from Addiction Psychiatry Fellows, faculty, and resources. Common reasons for not offering specific teaching and clinical exposure include a limited number of faculty/staff, limited number of faculty/staff with expertise, and insufficient clinical sites. Curriculum content and teaching exposure varied substantially between programs.

CONCLUSION:

While a lack of services in adolescent addictions may be a limiting factor, developing expertise through faculty development activities, as well as nationally disseminated model curricula with educational resources has the potential to improve national adolescent addictions training.

KEYWORDS:

Addiction; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Substance use; Training

PMID:
30066242
DOI:
10.1007/s40596-018-0959-6

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