Conference Call #3

July 14, 2003

Present on the line were Drs. Schuckit, Levy, Tapert, Madonick, McQueen, Delos Reyes, Drexler, Akerele, Rose, Guschwan, and Marcy Gregg.

Marc began with an overview of several housekeeping issues. First, he wanted to congratulate the graduating second-year scholars for the wonderful job they=ve done. We all hope that everyone keeps in contact, and that efforts continue to the possibility of developing an alumni group.

Second, Marc reminded all of the first-year scholars about the next meeting in October, 2003. Everyone has been sent a brochure, and the hotel should be marvelous. Scholars need to be certain they have made their airline reservation in as cost-efficient way as possible, and be there and ready to start work on Wednesday, October 22nd at 5:00 p.m.

Marc then reviewed the new scholars. These include individuals from the Universities of Oregon, Colorado, Pittsburgh, and South Carolina. The fifth slot has been reserved for a physician at the National Alcohol Institute who will be leaving the NIH to join a university this next year. He will not officially be a member of AMSP, but will graduate into a formal role in the near future.

We then progressed to a brief overview of the progress made over the prior four months by our Senior Scholars.

1. Woody Levy discussed the fact that he will be supervising a Fellow in Addiction PsychiatryCthis position started July 1, 2003. In addition, Woody has delivered a seminar on Substance Use Disorders to 100 first-year medical students; offers a one and one-half hour lecture approximable every eight weeks for 20 medical students; is in charge of the substance use disorders rotation for psychiatric residents; is scheduled for Grand Rounds for the Department of Psychiatry when he will deliver his lecture on Substance Use Disorders among Athletes; is currently in the process of developing two papers for publication; and is about to be considered for promotion to an Associate Professor.

2. Steve Madonick has recently assumed a new job at the Institute of Living which places him into a position to be on faculty at both the University of Connecticut and Yale. He will be continuing to work to optimize medical school education on substance use disorders in both institutions. These prior months, he has taught both 3rd and 4th year medical students regarding substance use disorders among schizophrenics; is a resource for the importance of substance-related problems in the Psychosis Program; works with medical students and residents regarding enhancing the information on geriatric substance use disorders (his AMSP topic), and he continues to work to expand his academic career.

3. Evaristo Akerele has just been appointed Co-Director of the Substance Use Disorders Fellowship at Columbia. This places him in an excellent position to continue to reach out to additional students and residents in the future. In addition, he has delivered lectures on substance use disorders comorbidity at both St. Joseph=s Hospital and Downstate Medical Center; coordinates the medical student/resident/fellow education in Comorbid Disorders, and is developing grants regarding research in comorbidity.

4. Margaret Rukstalis became Director of the Outpatient Addiction Psychiatry Resident Education Program and has given presentations on how to give a lecture and substance use disorders in women to first-year medical students; plans a fall lunchtime elective lecture on mentoring; supervises outpatient psychiatry students; continues to serve on the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Advisory Committee; submitted an R01 grant application; is active on the Committee on Women for Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society and will co-chair this year=s annual Forum on Women=s Mental Health; and continues to pursue her interest in introducing AMSP techniques to a medical school in Croatia.

The conference call then progressed to a description by the First-Year Scholars (about to graduate to Second Year).

a. Katie McQueen announced that since joining AMSP she was able to receive a two-year Career Development Award at Baylor University to protect 90% of her time for career development and research. She is going to follow-up on this award with a K-23 NIH application to garner three additional years for career development. Also important to AMSP, Katie is helping the State of Texas to write a grant regarding brief interventions in substance use disorders; has written a well read and well circulated White Paper on Substance Use Disorders; is responsible for the test for core medical students (in which she will have the opportunity to emphasize substance-related problems); has recently received permission for three hours of lectures on substance use disorders for medical students; and was invited to present to the Virginia Summer Institute on Addictions, where she will discuss the interdigitation between primary care and substance use disorder education.

b. Chris Delos Reyes was recently appointed the Coordinator for the second-year medical student education regarding substance use disorders, and she will give four hours of lectures to second-year students, focusing on her material developed through AMSP, as well as on brief interventions. At the same time, she has recently had a book chapter on screening and intervention with substance use disorders published for the American Society of Addiction Medicine; is looking forward to promotion to Assistant Professor in the fall of 2003; gives a lecture to child and adolescent fellows regarding substance-related problems; offers a 90-minute lecture on substance use disorders in the emergency setting; is planning to co-write a chapter on dual diagnosis for an upcoming text; and has a meeting planned with the Ohio Addiction Services Board to expand education and service delivery in this area.

c. Karen Drexler just received the Dean=s Teaching Award from Emory University. This is offered to only approximately ten faculty members across the entire medical school in recognition of outstanding medical student teaching. She also directs the 2nd year medical student education in substance use disorders, supervising a 12-hour block of lectures, and directs the Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program. At the same time, she was selected to deliver a lecture on Advances in Medicine to the entire 3rd year medical student class. Thus, she is working hard to implement substance-related education in her medical school, is well recognized for her efforts, and continues her research career.

d. Gail Rose has markedly expanded her number of hours teaching medical students and residents. In recognition of this she has been asked to deliver a lecture on Brief Intervention to a continuing medical education conference sponsored by her university, has been asked to help the State of Vermont compete for a grant regarding substance use disorders treatment throughout the state, and her teaching efforts were specifically mentioned by her Department in her academic reevaluation this year. In addition, Gail delivers a one-year lecture on brief interventions to the entire 3rd year medical school class, serves on a number of medical education committees, and participates actively in research.

The meeting ended with an overview by Susan Tapert of how impressive the website is functioning, with recognition that we have been visited by persons on every continent other than Antarctica, the number of people spending time on the website has increased five-fold since the inception of the site, and there is evidence of extensive downloading of lectures. In addition, it appears as if a higher and higher proportion of people are coming to our website through additional education and substance disorders-related websites, indicating that we are serving people in our field who are most likely to be involved in education and delivery of care in substance-related problems.

The Senior Scholars were bid a sad farewell. The rest of us are very much looking forward to our get together in October.

The meeting was adjourned.

Marc Schuckit, M.D.

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