When Elizabeth Rourke attended the student medical education series at the Betty Ford Center last May, she felt compelled to reach out to a larger group, particularly her classmates, to bring awareness to addiction. This week, her efforts bear fruit as the Medical Student Government Association hosts the first Addiction Awareness Week - a four-day dinner series centered on addiction.
Rourke, Vice President of the Medical Student Government Association and the TCOM Class of 2014, says, "As future physicians it's our job to be able to discuss the subject and find ways to not become part of the problem."
Each session will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Medical Education and Training building at the Health Science Center.
Monday January 28: "Addiction the Disease" - a video presentation by Dr. Harry Haroutnian, Addiction Specialist at the Betty Ford Center
Tuesday January 29: Caduceus Meeting
Wednesday January 30: Expert Lecture
Thursday January 31: Process Groups
"I hope that students will have a better understanding of addiction as a disease process and gain some tools and insight on how to approach the discussion with patients," Rourke says. "I think it's also important that we learn how to protect ourselves from addiction, since we will all work in a very demanding field with access to drugs on a daily basis."
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