Online Residency Training on Tobacco Use Disorder

Aug 26, 2016


Tobacco accounts for 50% of deaths in individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression and despite these statistics, little is being done nationally to treat tobacco in behavioral health settings. Training psychiatrists in how to intervene for tobacco use disorders is needed, yet few models exists for how to incorporate this into residency training.

Dr Jill M Williams, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is conducting a study of a new educational resource. Her team developed an online training course on tobacco use disorders that was developed specifically for residents in psychiatry. The study is funded by a grant from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

She is currently contacting residency programs by mail and email and asking them to participate in an evaluation study of the online training course. If programs choose to participate, residents are provided access to three online training webinars that take about two hours to view. Upon completion of the follow-up survey that is emailed to them three months after the training, we will provide residents with a $40 gift card from The Training Director or a Faculty Supervisor can also view the webinars, complete the same surveys and be provided with a $40 gift card. Faculty will be also provided with 3 free hours of Category 1 CME credits for completion of these activities.

We hope that you will encourage your residents to participate.

Jill M Williams, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry
Rutgers University-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School