From the November 2013 magazine.

November 2013: Alcoholism at Large

Alcoholism training for doctors inadequate
A 2012 survey of internal medicine residents at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)—one of the nation’s leading teaching hospitals—found that more than half rated the training they had received in alcoholism, addiction and other substance use disorders as fair or poor. Significant numbers felt unprepared to diagnose or treat such disorders.

“Our residents estimated that one in four hospital inpatients has a substance use disorder,” says Sarah Wakeman, MD, chief medical resident at MGH and lead author of the report, and the finding that “the majority of residents feel unprepared to treat addiction and rate the quality of their education so low represents a tremendous disparity between the burden of disease and the success of our current model of training.”

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