Education

Education

Clinical research mentorship opportunities are available to trainees at several career stages. Mentorship is provided by core faculty members of the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. For more information, contact us at (804) 828-3793.

Medical students

Opportunities include summer and other short-term research experiences for medical students with an interest in the neurobiology of addiction. Experiences could feature training in the ethics of human subjects research, hands-on testing of research volunteers, helping researchers develop new testing methodology and immersion in addiction-relevant biomedical literature. Medical students with existing expertise in statistics may have opportunities for analysis of existing data.

Biomedical graduate students

IDAS faculty have appointments with the VCU Graduate School (including the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal) and can provide primary and committee mentoring for the development and execution of dissertation- and thesis-level psychopharmacology and neurobiology projects that could be conducted in our neurobehavioral and MRI testing facilities.

Psychology graduate students

IDAS faculty can provide mentoring for a practicum in applied research in clinical populations, as well as mentoring for the development and execution of dissertation- and thesis-level behavioral and neuroimaging projects that could be conducted in our neurobehavioral and MRI testing facilities.

Residents

IDAS faculty can provide mentoring for residents with an interest in addiction psychiatry and the neurobiology of addiction. Mentoring would include experience with interview-based research-grade psychiatric characterization of research volunteers, and neurobehavioral testing and data analysis. Longer-duration electives can feature neuroimaging data collection and analysis, and the design and management of small projects.

Continuing Medical Education Resources for Medical Providers

In response to the opioid epidemic that has swept our nation, VCU declared Substance Abuse, Pain Management and Opioid Management a top ten strategic initiative for its health system. In November 2016, in response to a growing number of fatal overdoses in our Commonwealth, the state health commissioner declared the opioid addiction crisis to be a Public Health Emergency. The Divisions of Substance Abuse Services and Pain Management are working together to combat this problem.

The 2016 General Assembly passed legislation related to opioid prescribing. All licensees of the Board of Medicine with prescriptive authority will need to complete 2 hours of CE in 2017. VCU Health’s Department of Addiction Medicine has put together the following list of CEs which satisfy the 2-hour requirement. Self-attestation of completion will be required with prescribers’ next renewal. Completion of these credits must take place in the 24 months prior to renewal.  

You can find resources to satisfy the 2-hour requirement at a number of websites, including: