Improving the landscape of substance misuse in the undergraduate medical education in the UK: travelling through time from an idea to change

First published: 10 May 2019 | Last updated: 10 June 2019

Mrs Christine Goodair

Programmes Manager ( Substance Misuse) Population Health Research Institute, St George’s, University of London

Since 2007  I have been at St. George’s working on a range of substance misuse projects. My current programmes of work are Substance Misuse in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum, EU- Madness, a project monitoring the health harms of novel psychoactive substances, the National Programme on Drug Related Deaths and helping with the St George’s heritage/archives programme.

Previously, I worked for over 20 years in special libraries and information services. My last information role was at DrugScope as manager of their information services and website, including working on two European projects on addictions.

Work carried out: Project led from St George’s, involving 18 English medical school.

Funding: Funding from DH; funds also from SSA for updating of resource materials currently being done.

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Abstract: In Medical Schools the teaching of substance misuse has been reported to be poorly represented in the curriculum with newly qualified doctors often feeling unprepared to deal with problems associated with substance misuse. This poster will describe how improving and enhancing the training of undergraduate medical students has been undertaken.


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Mrs Christine Goodair