Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus / CME and CEU Information

Addressing Alcohol and Drug Problems with your Patients:

Doing it Skillfully, Effectively, and Comfortably

Principle Faculty:

Dan Vinson, M.D., Professor, Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine University of Missouri – Columbia

Bruce Horwitz, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Missouri – Columbia


Web-based (accessible by MAC, PC and most browsers)

Optional guided practice in the University of Missouri School of Medicine Clinical Simulation Center

Method of physician participation:

View introductory video and four modules online in PDF format, complete a brief quiz for each module and a brief evaluation questionnaire, and download Certificate of Completion.

Optional live clinical simulation practice

Estimated time to complete the educational activity and credit hours:

2 hours or less to complete and 2 CME credits for the online course

1.5 hours time and 1.5 CME credits for the optional clinical simulation

Dates of original release: August 1, 2010

Termination date: June 30, 2016

Learning Objectives:

1. Know the health, economic, and social impact of substance misuse and abuse.

2. Understand the value of population screening for substance misuse and the most common screening methods.

3. Understand key elements in brief interventions

4. Develop initial familiarity and comfort with providing brief interventions.

Target Audience: Physicians

Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

Drs. Daniel Vinson and Bruce Horwitz do not anticipate discussing unlabeled uses of any commercial or investigational products in this educational activity. They have no relationship with any commercial firm having products related to topics they will discuss at this educational activity.

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, and University of Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for non-resident physicians. 

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this Enduring Materials educational activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™ (2.0 for online course; 1.5 for clinical simulation). Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For non-physicians seeking continuing education credit (example: CEUs), the Certificate of Completion may be printed and submitted to your licensing board or other agency.  Total time for completion of this online training is estimated at 2 clock hours.