Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 273–276 | Cite as

Help Wanted: Medical Educators in Addiction Psychiatry

  • Richard Frances
Feature: Missions

If I were starting my career as a medical educator, I would look for an area with opportunities for leadership. I would look for a fascinating, treatable, significant health problem causing huge and widespread suffering in children and adults. I would look for a health problem with vast costs that are largely overlooked. I would look for a problem that is often poorly taught to medical students, residents, and health care professionals. Since this is not the case for cancer and heart disease, vital fields full of aspiring and prominent medical educators, I would choose to become an addiction psychiatrist, which is what I did close to 50 years ago.

The Magnitude of the Problem

The USA has declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency and will be mobilizing resources (most likely not enough) to address the problem. The US Council of Economic Advisors estimated that the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was a half trillion dollars [1]; add onto that the true economic...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New York University Medical SchoolNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Rutgers Medical SchoolNewarkUSA

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