"The Clinical Assessment of Substance Use Disorders"

Authors: Barbara A. Schindler, MD, and Ted Parran Jr., MD
Directed and produced by Christof J. Daetwyler, MD
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This media-rich, on-line module was created through the collaborative efforts of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Drexel University College of Medicine, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as part of NIDA’s Centers of Excellence for Physician Information.
A first version of the module was originally developed as module 30 of the DocCom series on communication in healthcare.

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Author: Barbara A. Schindler, M.D, DFAPA, FAPM

Barbara A. Schindler, M.D., is the Vice Dean for Educational and Academic Affairs, the William Maul Measey Chair in Medical Education, and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Drexel University College of Medicine. She founded and serves as the Medical Director of the Caring Together Program, an outpatient treatment program for women with addictive and psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Schindler is a graduate of Boston University and Women’s Medical College. She completed her training in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at Medical College of Pennsylvania. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has added qualifications in geriatric psychiatry. She served as Acting Chair of the Department of Psychiatry from 1993 to 1995. She has over 150 publications, abstracts, and presentations in consultation-liaison psychiatry/psychosomatic medicine, substance abuse in women, and medical education. She collaborated on a multi-centered study of the effects of financial stress on the physical and mental health of academic-health-center faculty.

Dr. Schindler has earned fellowship status in the American Psychiatric Association and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and is a past-President of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society. She served on the Council of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society.  She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and is the recipient of the Commonwealth Board Award and the WMC/MCP Alumnae/i Association Service Award. She has been honored with the Association of American Medical Colleges Women in Medicine Silver Achievement Award, the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society’s Presidential Award, and the Lindback Teaching Award.


Author: Ted Parran Jr, M.D. FACP, FAACH

Dr. Ted Parran is a 1974 graduate of Hawken School, a 1978 graduate with honors in Medieval History of Kenyon College, and a 1982 graduate of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine.  He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Baltimore City Hospital of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Dr. Parran was selected to be the Medical Chief Resident for 1 year following his residency, and he received the Outstanding Faculty Teacher Award from the Department of Medicine in 1987.  In 1988, he returned to Cleveland and CWRU School of Medicine and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine.  Dr. Parran pursues several areas of special interest in medical education including Dr.– Patient Communication, Faculty Development, Continuing Medical Education, and Addiction Medicine.  In addition Dr. Parran is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and his group practice provides addiction and medical services to several substance abuse treatment programs and consulting services in northeast Ohio, including: the Cleveland VAMC, University Hospitals, St. Vincent Charity’s Rosary Hall, the Cleveland Treatment Center, the Salvation Army’s Harbor Light, GlenBeigh Recovery Services, Windsor, and the Huron Hospital detoxification unit.  He is the co-director of the Foundations of Clinical Medicine Course for the first 2 years of the medical school curriculum, directs the Addiction Fellowships, and is the medical director of the Program in Continuing Medical Education, all at CWRU School of Medicine.


Content Expert: William D. Clark, M.D. FAACH

Dr. William Clark is an internist and addiction medicine specialist who retired from clinical work in 2004.  Dr. Clark served as director of the internal medicine residency at the Cambridge Hospital, Medical Director of addictions programs in Massachusetts and Maine, and did alcoholism research during a sabbatical year in France. His publications include papers and chapters about physician-patient relationship and communication, alcohol and drug problems and physician self-awareness. He continues as a Lecturer in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Clark is managing editor of doc.com.  He is serving a 6-year term as a trustee (nonalcoholic) on the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous. Bill is a founding member, Fellow, and President (2005) of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH).  Dr. Clark completed Circles of Trust facilitator training with Parker Palmer, Jr., Ph.D., and has brought elements of Palmer’s model into AACH’s physician renewal courses.


Production Design, Production, Programming, and Implementation: Christof J. Daetwyler, M.D.

Dr. Christof Daetwyler is Associate Professor at Drexel University College of Medicine, Office of Educational Affairs.  He spent most of his career on research, design, and implementation of technological enhancements in medical education.  Before coming to Drexel University in 2004, Dr. Daetwyler served as Visiting Assistant Professor for 3 years at Dr. Joe Henderson's Interactive Media Lab at Dartmouth College Medical School.  There he produced and directed large-scale educational multimedia productions, among them "Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond," which was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Dr. Daetwyler received his medical degrees from the University of Zurich Medical School in Zurich, Switzerland in 1993 and University of Berne, Switzerland in 1999.  Dr. Daetwyler was the recipient of several prestigious awards, among them twice the European Academic Software Award (1998 and 2000) and the Surgeon General's Medal of Special Appreciation in 2004, received from the former Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. C. Everett Koop.


Communication Skills Expert: Dennis H. Novack, M.D.

Dr. Dennis H. Novack is Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Medical Education at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is a general internist who completed a 2-year fellowship with George Engel’s Medical-Psychiatric Liaison group in Rochester, N.Y. (1976-1978). Since 1978, Dr. Novack has been in academic medical centers, dedicated to improving education in physician-patient communication and psychosocial aspects of care. First at the University of Virginia and then for 12 years at Brown University, he directed psychosocial education in primary care, internal medicine residency programs. He also co-directed the first-year medical student course in medical interviewing and psychosocial aspects of care at Brown University Medical School. At Drexel, he directs clinical skills teaching and assessment. He also directs the first-year course at Drexel on physician-patient communication, psychosocial aspects of care, and physician personal awareness and well-being.


Videographer: George Zeiset BA

George Zeiset received his diploma in the study of Radio, Television, and Film. He is the Director of the Technology in Medical Education (TIME) group, which is responsible for all aspects of technology and media for medical education at the Drexel University College of Medicine. In this function, he makes all lectures available online to the students. He is also responsible for setting up videoconferences and taping video for educational purposes.


Patients in the Videos: Robin George and Mike Ondri

Robin George and Mike Ondri are longtime Standardized Patients at Drexel University College of Medicine.

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