Alcohol Dependence and Substance Abuse - JBVA (1)

PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Completion of all core clerkships. Fourth year elective.

PURPOSE: The objective of the elective is to provide a diverse educational experience in diagnosis and treatment of alcohol and other drug dependent patients, including issues of dually diagnosed patients (patients with both chemical dependency issues and other psychiatric disorders - e.g., major depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD).

COMPETENCIES: The student will develop the following skills: obtain history of the use of alcohol and other drugs; obtain psychiatric/psychosocial assessment to include mental status examination; develop a comprehensive, individual treatment plan; participate in a weekly multidisciplinary treatment plan reassessment where the patient's current clinical problems, needs and responses to treatment are evaluated; and develop a discharge plan. In addition, the student will become familiar with the roles of a twelve-step recovery program, psychopharmacology, and psychotherapy in a comprehensive inpatient/outpatient addiction treatment program.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: There are three clinical settings: a drug-out outpatient clinic, a methodone maintenance program, and a residential rehabilitation substance abuse unit.
ASSESSMENT: Based on completion of tasks listed in the “Competencies” section.


Program Number: ELEC 667
Location: JBVA
Program Director: J. Piszczor, M.D.
Coordinator:  Liz Walch  Email:
Telephone: 312-996-6219
Duration: 4 Weeks
Night Call: No
Weekends: No

Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 1
Housestaff Used as Faculty: No
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 5
Laboratory/Independent Study: 0
Outpatient: 35
Inpatient: 0
Total Hours /Week: 40

Updated:  9/10/14