Tobacco control competencies for US medical students

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Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine



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Adult; *Clinical Competence; Competency-Based Education; *Curriculum; Education, Medical, Undergraduate; Humans; Schools, Medical; Smoking; Smoking Cessation; Tobacco Use Disorder; United States; United States Dept. of Health and Human Services


Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Women's Studies


The 2004 National Action Plan for Tobacco Cessation recommended that the US Department of Health and Human Services convene a diverse group of experts to ensure that competency in tobacco dependence interventions be a core graduation requirement for all new physicians and other key health care professionals. Core competencies would guide the design of new modules and explicitly outline the learning objectives for all graduating medical students.In 2002, the National Cancer Institute funded a consortium to develop, test, and integrate tobacco curricula at 12 US medical schools. Because there was neither an explicit set of tobacco competencies for medical schools nor a process to develop them, one of the consortium's tasks was to articulate competencies and learning objectives.

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Citation: Am J Public Health. 2005 Jun;95(6):950-5. Link to article on publisher's site

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