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October 8, 1982

Medical school uncorks alcoholism education

JAMA. 1982;248(14):1686-1688. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330140010004

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How do you get your medical students to want to deal with alcoholics?

"I don't think we want them to want to deal with alcoholics," responds Trevor Price, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and assistant professor of medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH. "We don't ask them to love alcoholics or love the disease or want to be specialists in the area. What we want them to do is simply to approach it like any other disease."

Price is director, and Jean Kinney, MSW, assistant professor of psychiatry, co-director of a four-year-old project that has sought to integrate alcoholism education into Dartmouth's medical school curriculum. The project was fueled by a grant of approximately $1 million from Operation Cork, an arm of The Kroc Foundation. The objective: a revised curriculum to serve as a model for other medical schools and to grow organically from the roots of expertise already present