This curriculum covers the most critical elements of SUD screening and treatment for family physicians. The education is designed to be implemented in family medicine residency programs, but it’s also appropriate for practicing physicians who need to refresh their knowledge about this complex disease.

While some of the education is delivered via traditional webinars and monographs, the curriculum also uses infographics and animated white boards. We’re looking forward to your feedback on the infographics and white boards as education platforms.

Lee Radosh, MD, and Indra Cidambi, MD, served as faculty and developed the content. Dr. Radosh is a former family medicine residency program director who transitioned to addiction medicine a few years ago. His training in curriculum development and his primary care/addiction medication perspective have been extremely valuable to this initiative.  Dr. Cidambi is a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction medicine. She is a NJSAM physician leader, and her insights as a specialist have been an important part of content development.

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Curriculum Outline


  • Define SBIRT and its supporting evidence
  • Describe best practices for screening
  • Describe best practices for brief intervention and/or treatment


  • Review the overall prevalence of substance use disorders and alcohol use disorder
  • Identify the risk factors for SUD and AUD

SBIRT Live/Recorded-Online:

  • Define the SBIRT model and it’s supporting evidence
  • Identify screening tools and screening workflows
  • Describe the difference between Screening and Diagnosis

Whiteboards (Treatment Principles):

  • Review the effects of substances
  • Identify the treatment principles
  • Describe possible withdraw treatment options


  • Review treatment options for alcohol and/or drug use disorders
  • Identify possible settings for individual patients/situations

Addiction as a chronic disease:

  • Identify the similarities between addiction and other chronic illnesses
  • Explain the role of Dopamine in addiction
  • Describe how genetics, behavior and environment influence addiction


  • Define Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Describe the indications as well as risk and benefits of MAT

SUD urgencies:

  • Describe the signs and symptoms of Opioid Overdose
  • Identify the indication and treatment options for withdraw symptoms for SUD and AUD


  • Identify the physiological effects and metabolism of common drugs associated with SUD
  • Review the related withdrawal syndromes of common substances associated with SUD and AUD


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Indra Cidambi, MD

Indra Cidambi, MD is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. She completed her residency in Psychiatry from Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York and her Fellowship in Addiction Medicine from NYU/Bellevue.


Lee Radosh, MD, FAAFP, FASAM

Lee Radosh, MD, FAAFP, FASAM, is the Medical Director of Reading Hospital’s Center of Excellence for Opioid Use Disorder, and practices Addiction Medicine in Tower Health Medical Group in Reading, Pennsylvania. He earned a BA in communications from the University of Pennsylvania, then his MD at the Temple University School of Medicine.