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March 15, 2000

Tobacco Dependence Curricula in Medical Schools

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(11):1426-1427. doi:10.1001/jama.283.11.1421

To the Editor: Dr Ferry and colleagues1 present results of a national survey of the content of tobacco dependence curricula in US medical schools. Their data show that training of US medical graduates in the treatment of tobacco dependence is inadequate, and they report that clinical curricula involving smoking cessation techniques with patients and evaluation of student performance are seriously deficient.