DocCom and the National Institute of of Drug Abuse: Education and Research

May 19, 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Christof Daetwyler, MD1, Barbara Schindler, MD1, Dennis Novack, MD1, Paul Lanken, MD2
1Drexel University College of Medicine, 2Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

DocCom is a series of 42 media-rich online modules for teaching and learning of healthcare communication skills, created jointly by the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH) and Drexel University College of Medicine (DrexelMed).  DrexelMed, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, became a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Center of Excellence for Physician Information, and received funding to create 2 DocCom-like modules on substance abuse screening and counseling. These peer reviewed modules are available copyright free and open to the public from - and through MedEdPortal We were then fortunate to receive a grant to study the educational effectiveness of the first module. We conducted a cluster randomized controlled trial investigating whether the NIDA module “The Clinical Assessment of Substance Use Disorders” and small-group debriefing can improve students and residents attitudes and communication skills toward patients with substance use disorders (SUDs). Our study was published on October 7, 2014, in Academic Medicine under the title “Efficacy of an Internet-Based Learning Module and Small-Group Debriefing on Trainees' Attitudes and Communication Skills Toward Patients With Substance Use Disorders: Results of a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial.” In our presentation, we’ll discuss the outcomes and consequences of this study.