Information That Needs to Be Covered | Description and Evaluation of Residency Training
With the increased recognition that graduating residents should
have certain core competencies in managing substance use disorders,
guidelines have been developed to help guide training of primary
care house staff and other physicians (Table 47–3). These
competencies are simply meant to provide a basic framework and may
need to be modified according to the type of residency program.
For example, pediatric residency programs should include competency
in the recognition of possible risk factors and assessment of adolescents
for alcohol and drug abuse. Although most child and adolescent psychiatry
residency program directors in the United States report having a
diverse substance abuse training experience for their house staff
(Waldbaum et al. 2005), calls for improvement in addiction
training among psychiatrists continue, particularly regarding the
need to improve long-term management skills and treatment of comorbid
substance use and psychiatric disorders (Renner et al. 2005).