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Drs Ilyas and DeYoung Receive STFM/NIDA Training Awards in Substance Abuse and Addiction

July 15, 2014—Family medicine resident Lara Ilyas, MD, and fellow Dustin DeYoung, MD, were selected to receive STFM/NIDA Training Awards in Substance Abuse and Addiction. The award was open to STFM member residents and fellows through a partnership of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The award supports the development of expertise in substance abuse and addiction within academic family medicine.

“We had a tremendous response with some very high quality applications," says Frederick Chen, MD, MPH, chair of the STFM Research Committee. “I really appreciate the hard work of the STFM Research Committee in reviewing and scoring applications."

Drs Ilyas and DeYoung will each receive a training award of $22,000 to conduct an original, mentored pilot/data-gathering study in substance abuse and addiction. The award includes a $2,000 stipend for mentors. Results will be presented at the 2016 STFM Annual Spring Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr Ilyas will implement and evaluate CareText at the Wright State University Family Medicine Residency Program in Dayton, OH. Caretext is a screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) text-message-based follow-up application that permits monitoring of patient alcohol or drug use and treatment adherence.

“Substance abuse has been a pervasive presence, especially in my area of Ohio, with a high cost to health care utilization as well as patients' lives,” says Dr Ilyas. “Through this project, I hope to enhance our residents' abilities to handle substance abuse issues using the SBIRT service as well as motivational interviewing skills." In addition, Dr Ilyas hopes to improve outcomes of patients' treatment by keeping them motivated through regular CareText reminders.

Dr Ilyas just completed her first year of residency in the Wright State University Family Medicine Residency Program. She will collaborate on this project with Paul Hershberger, PhD, a psychologist with expertise in motivational interviewing; Michael Jacobson, DO, a family physician certified in addiction medicine; and her project mentor, Josephine Wilson, DDS, PhD, an experienced substance abuse researcher.

Dr DeYoung, a fellow at the UCLA Training Program on Addiction Medicine in Primary Care, will evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a computer-based version of cognitive behavioral therapy for alcohol and opioid dependent patients receiving office-based buprenorphine or naltrexone therapy. His project will be implemented in the Addiction Medicine Clinic at the UCLA Family Health Center in Santa Monica, CA.

“I understand and have seen the benefit of adjuvant cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for substance use disorders and wanted to explore if a computerized version of CBT would make my patients more willing or able to participate in this portion of treatment,” shares Dr DeYoung. Besides seeing an increased utilization of behavioral treatment among these patients, he also hopes to see a decrease in patients’ substance use and an increase in their retention in treatment.

Dr DeYoung will be mentored by Keith Heinzerling, MD, MPH, the medical director of the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and an addiction medicine certified internist and Steven Shoptaw, PhD, the director of the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and an expert researcher in the development of medical and behavioral therapies to treat substance misuse.


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