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Teaching medical students about alcoholism is a little like starting an exercise routine: It's something that should be done, but until it catches on, there may not be much support for it. For about the past decade, however, medical schools have been catching on, and many now offer clerkships, electives, and research awards in alcoholism and alcohol abuse.
At least one program, operating out of Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH, is continuing to support this trend. Established in 1977 with a grant from the Operation Cork program of the Joan B. Kroc Foundation, Project Cork (which is Kroc spelled backwards) set out to integrate alcoholism education into the Dartmouth curriculum (JAMA [MEDICAL NEWS] 1982;248:1686-1688).
Last month, the foundation awarded another $1 million to the project, thereby establishing the Project Cork Institute and providing the "underpinning" for the continuation and expansion of project activities, says Jean Kinney, MSW, codirector of the
Marwick C. Learning to treat those with alcohol problems. JAMA. 1984;252(14):1830–1835. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350140002002
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