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Substance Use Disorder Education in Medical Schools: A Scoping Review of the Literature

Subjects: Research, Clinical, Policy Type: Evidence Based Curricula, Journal Articles, Implementation Guides, Reports, Tools, Websites Tags: Substance Use Disorder, Medical Education, Competencies, Data Sets, Evaluation, Evidence Based Curricula, Graduate Medical Education, Levels Of Integration, Public Health, Outcomes

As medical schools adapt their curricula to prepare future physicians for the opioid crisis and for treating patients with substance use disorders (SUDs), educators should refer to courses described in the literature.

This scoping review aimed to (1) provide a comprehensive evaluation and summation of peer-reviewed literature reporting on SUD education in medical schools globally, and (2) to appraise the research quality and educational outcomes reported in SUD education studies in medical schools.

Educational interventions relating to SUDs were effective in improving medical students' knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Educators should develop courses that achieve higher-level educational outcomes, increase education on opioid use disorders, and focus on the greatest public health concerns.