Published November 3, 2011
With a $964,000 grant, the Department
of Family Medicine is forming a national council to develop
curricula and standards of excellence for postgraduate education
programs in addiction medicine.
The department will use the award from the National
Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse to establish a
residency assistance council comprised of leaders in addiction
“With this grant we are addressing the significant need to develop innovative ways to train both primary care doctors and addiction specialists,” says Richard D. Blondell, MD, director of addictions research and professor of family medicine.
The grant also address the shortage of addiction medicine physicians in academia—individuals qualified to conduct clinical and translational research on addictions, translate their research into practice and teach medical students and residents.
Blondell, who is co-principal investigator on the grant, chairs the Residency Accreditation Review Committee of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
He also directs the UB Department of Family Medicine’s addiction
medicine residency—one of only nine such residencies in
the U.S. that were accredited earlier this year.
An expert on alcohol dependence, Blondell has conducted research designed to improve outcomes for patients discharged from detoxification programs. He also studies new pharmacotherapeutic approaches to various types of addictions.
H. Samet, MD, of the Boston University School of Medicine, also
is co-principal investigator on the grant.