Clinicians and leaders from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation were invited to join medical school deans, policy makers, and health care experts from the public and private sectors for a symposium on addiction education in October 2016, hosted by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. The historic gathering was organized in recognition of the need to develop and advance addiction education and addiction medicine. For a disease that strikes one in 10 Americans over the age of 12, addiction to alcohol or other drugs remains surprisingly misunderstood, underdiagnosed, and untreated. This lack of formal training in addiction medicine leaves many of today's practicing physicians inadequately prepared to assess, intervene, manage, and treat addiction and co-occurring disorders. Physicians properly trained to understand addiction will be positioned to better serve the needs of patients who suffer from addiction as well as improve the overall quality and cost-effectiveness of health care. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's on-site and online Medical and Professional Education programs are designed to achieve this very goal: Equipping medical students, physicians, and other health care professionals with the knowledge and tools to recognize and effectively respond to the challenges of addiction. The Difference Our Educational Programs Make Medical students and professionals are evaluated for their understanding of addiction when they first apply to participate in our medical and professional education programs and again at the end of their weeklong sessions. The goal of our programs is to raise the awareness of each participant, so that they may respond positively to every survey statement. Survey Statements % "TRUE" BEFORE % "TRUE" AFTER 1 I feel comfortable assessing a patient for addiction. 12 87 2 Addiction is NOT due to a lack of willpower or choice. 90 97 3 As a professional, I am comfortable talking to addicts about their addiction/behavior. 31 94 4 I am comfortable talking to family members about problems they have due to a loved one's addiction. 36 92 5 I understand that addiction is a brain disease. 60 99 6 I know the Twelve Steps and how they are used in treatment for long-term recovery. 12 90 7 I understand the roles of a sponsor in a patient recovery program 18 90 8 Patients who are mandated to go to treatment do a well as those who choose to enter a program. 54 76 9 I recognize that medications are most likely to "trigger" a relapse for recovering adults. 16 80 10 I know that community resources are available for patient referral, regarding treatment and Twelve Step programs. 18 94 "The Summer Institute for Medical Students is an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime, and priceless experience. I truly think it is going to change the way we practice medicine related to addiction. I am so thankful to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation for providing this incredible experience." –Nataly S., Yale University School of Medicine "Addiction now has many faces; faces that I will never forget for as long as I live. I look forward to using the tools I have gained and sharpened this week at the Summer Institute for Medical Students as I begin to see, meet, and treat patients in the future." –Conner C., Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine Together, we will overcome addiction. Medical and Professional Education programs—made possible through the generosity of donors—equip hundreds of students and professionals every year with the tools, knowledge, and insight to effectively address the disease of addiction. It's only because of your commitment and support that we can offer these life-changing lessons in lifesaving care. We invite you to learn more about how the power of your giving helps to advance addiction education and awareness. Please call 1-888-535-9485, email us at Giving@HazeldenBettyFord.org, or learn more by reading our Medical and Professional Education Annual Report.