Increasing the number of faculty with expertise in addiction medicine is one of the challenges facing the medical community in the 1990s. To meet this challenge, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine created a faculty development course to increase the expertise of family practice faculty involved in teaching residents. The authors describe the development, implementation, and consequences of the five-day intensive course that was taught to 165 participants at ten sites in 1990. The participants’ self-reporting before and three months after the course showed significant increases in the numbers of participants who taught addiction medicine in eight of 11 clinical situations. The authors conclude that the course represents a model of faculty development in addiction medicine that is applicable to other specialties and health professions.
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