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The scarlet letter A, this time for addiction



Patients want to trust that their physicians aren’t judging them or talking about them behind their backs

scarlett Credit: Monceau

Getting the opportunity to come back to Pittsburgh after four years of undergraduate work there was incredible. The city has come so far;  it’s slowly growing into one of the more popular destinations in the nation and I couldn’t be happier about it. So participating in the Scaife Advanced Medical Student Fellowship in Alcohol and Other Drug Dependency was a great chance to enjoy a lovely city in addition to broadening my horizons on the subject of addiction.

There was no time to be shy. On the second day, we were given a pair of standardized patients and asked to motivationally interview them. For those unfamiliar with this technique, it is simply a way to gain the patient’s trust in a short period of time with the desire to focus…

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