An online global survey and follow-up expert groups on the scope and needs related to training, research, and mentorship among early-career addiction medicine professionals

ISAM NExT Consortium, Roshan Bhad, Sophia Achab, Parnian Rafei, Preethy Kathiresan, Hossein Mohaddes Ardabili, Jenna Butner, Laura Orsolini, Katrine Melby, Mehdi Farokhnia, Venkata Lakshmi Narasimha, Kelly Ridley, Serenella Tolomeo, Mitika Kanabar, Beatrice Matanje, Paolo Grandinetti, Marc Potenza, Hamed Ekhtiari, Alexander Baldacchino

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Abstract

Addiction medicine is a rapidly growing field with many young professionals seeking careers in this field. However, early-career professionals (ECPs) face challenges such as a lack of competency-based training due to a shortage of trainers, limited resources, limited mentorship opportunities, and establishment of suitable research areas. The International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) New Professionals Exploration, Training & Education (NExT) committee, a global platform for early-career addiction medicine professionals (ECAMPs), conducted a two-phase online survey using a modified Delphi-based approach among ECAMPs across 56 countries to assess the need for standardized training, research opportunities, and mentorship. A total of 110 respondents participated in Phase I (online key informant survey), and 28 respondents participated in Phase II (online expert group discussions on three themes identified in Phase I). The survey found that there is a lack of standardized training, structured mentorship programs, research funding, and research opportunities in addiction medicine for ECAMPs. There is a need for standardized training programs, improving research opportunities, and effective mentorship programs to promote the next generation of addiction medicine professionals and further development in the entire field. The efforts of ISAM NExT are well-received and give a template of how this gap can be addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere44
Number of pages13
JournalGlobal Mental Health
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2023

Keywords

  • Mentorship
  • Substance use disorders
  • Addiction psychiatry
  • Training assessment
  • Early career addiction medicine professionals

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