NIDA's Mentor-Facilitated Training Awards (MFT)

NIDA's Mentor-Facilitated Training Awards (MFT)

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[Geetha Subramaniam speaking]

Hello, I'm Geetha Subramaniam and I work at the NIDA Center for Clinical Trials Network.  

NIDA's mission is to advance the science of addiction, an important component of this mission is the timely and effective dissemination of the results of scientific findings in order to facilitate 
a speedy adoption into clinical practice.  

Clinicians and clinical scientists can play a key role in this process.  

We believe that training early career clinicians can enhance this process.

It is my pleasure to introduce the Mentor-Facilitated program which is funded through CTN's dissemination initiative.  

The overall goal of the Mentor-Facilitated Training Program is to provide opportunities to early and early career trainees who are clinicians so that they can learn how best to apply and  disseminate NIDA scientific evidence relating 
to the identification and management of SUD.  

The MFT is made possible through partnerships with various healthcare professional organizations.  

The organization selects training members for a one-year mentored experience.  

The award provides resources so that the trainee may learn more about SUDs, find innovative ways to address gaps in current practice and knowledge, more importantly their expected to disseminate the results of 
their mentored projects to both peers and their professional colleagues at their respective organization's national scientific meetings.  

In addition, the mentor paired with the trainee is provided a stipend, while the collaborating professional organizations receive administrative support to manage this award.  

The success of the MFT program requires the recruitment of participant trainees who are committed to developing unique approaches in the dissemination of results of SUD related research.

It is a unique opportunity for early career health professionals and therefore we are encouraging that you please assist us with the wide dissemination of this opportunity.

Please visit NIDA CTN Dissemination Initiative website for more information.

You will next hear testimonials from previous grantee awardees. Thank you!

[Pooja Sakar speaking]

Hi, my name is Pooja Sakar and I'm a third year psychiatry resident at Bay State Medical Center.

I chose to participate in the MFT program because I wanted to work closely with mentored addiction medicine and raise awareness about screening tools in our community.

The program helped me understand screening at the community level and introduced me to others leading similar projects all around the country.

[Tim Kelly speaking]

My name is Tim Kelly and I'm a second year emergency medicine resident at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.  

One of my career goals is to become a respected advocate for the implementation of harm reduction strategies within the emergency department and I view my participation in this program, specifically the ongoing mentorship and the 
opportunities for publications and presentations that result from this project, as a powerful step forward in helping me achieve that career goal.  

[Alison Essary speaking]

Hi my name is Alison Essary. I am Director of Research Quality Improvement and Patient Safety  at Academic Affairs at Honor Health in Arizona. 

The title of my project was Dissemination of an Evidence-Based Curriculum in Paid and Addiction Through the Project ECHO Model.

I chose to do the MFT program because it was an opportunity to work with a group of like-minded clinician researchers who share a common goal to positively and measurably improve the life of patients, communities and families, whose lives are impacted 
by substance use disorder.

[Devika Bhatia speaking]

Hi my name is Devika Bhatia. I'm an instructor fellow at University of Colorado.

My project was on cannabis legalization and adolescent substance use.

I chose to do the MFT program because I was awarded the NIDA AACAP Resident Training Awards in Substance Use Disorders.

It allowed me to kind of further my research career in my efforts of becoming  an independent researcher.

It's a way to meet future colleagues and mentors. I hope it will be  an important stepping stone in my future pursuits of becoming an independent NIH-funded researcher. 

Thank you for watching this video. For additional information about the mentor facilitated training program please visit the NIDA CTN website.