Faculty development in small-group teaching skills associated with a training course on office-based treatment of opioid dependence

Subst Abus. 2004 Dec;25(4):35-40. doi: 10.1300/j465v25n04_05.


The Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA-2000) allows qualified physicians to treat opioid-dependent patients with schedule III-V medications, such as buprenorphine, in practices separate from licensed, accredited opioid treatment programs. Physicians may attain this qualification by completing 8-hours of training in treating opioid dependence. This paper describes the evaluation of a faculty development workshop designed to enhance teaching skills of small-group facilitators involved with DATA-2000 training sessions. This workshop coached the facilitators on their teaching roles in the DATA-2000 session through experiential practice of patient- case discussions related to treatment of opioid-dependence. Descriptive questionnaires evaluated the value of the workshop. Twenty-six facilitators participated in the workshops. Paired mean score responses for specific teaching skill abilities demonstrated statistically significant improvement in all categories. Evaluation of the DATA-2000 training session small-group facilitators was uniformly positive. This faculty development workshop was successful in improving teaching skills for our small-group faculty facilitators.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Ambulatory Care*
  • Buprenorphine / therapeutic use*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical
  • Faculty, Medical*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Narcotics / therapeutic use*
  • Opioid-Related Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Specialization
  • United States


  • Narcotics
  • Buprenorphine