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Program Description

The purpose of the University of Maryland’s MD3 (MarylanD M.D.s Making a Difference) program is to create an innovative and comprehensive medical residency training curriculum for Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral, and Treatment (SBIRT) for individuals who misuse, abuse or are dependent on substances including illegal drugs, prescription medications, alcohol and nicotine. This program is a collaboration between The University of Maryland, Baltimore and The University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Through this program, SBIRT training and procedures will be integrated into participating primary care residency programs of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) including Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry encompassing approximately 330 residents. Related fellowship programs (such as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Behavioral Pediatrics with approximately 35 fellows) and residents rotating through the Shock Trauma Center will also be trained in the first phase of the program.

In the second phase of the project, we will work with the residency programs at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution as well as those in the other community hospital programs in the Baltimore-metropolitan area that include approximately 700 residents.

In the third phase of the project, we plan to work with various city, county and state organizations to hold trainings for practicing physicians throughout the state of Maryland. As Joint Commission is set to include SBIRT services as a standard of care in 2012, we expect that the demand for this education will be high.

The MD3 program is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).