Interdisciplinary and distance mentoring in a national substance abuse faculty development program

Jeffrey A. Morzinski, Antonnette V. Graham, S. Lala, A. Straussner, Eugene Schoener, Marianne T. Marcus, Theresa Madden, Richard L. Brown

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Mentoring is an important aspect of professional development, but can it advance substance use disorder skills in a national, interdisciplinary fellowship program? This evaluation study used a telephone survey to examine the influence of distance mentoring, interdisciplinary mentoring, and mentor functions on fellows' satisfaction, learning and academic achievements. Based on responses from 36 fellows (92%), this study found high rates of satisfaction with mentors, learning, skill acquisition, and indications of changes in teaching practice. Group comparisons showed geographic distance was not a significant factor in mentoring outcomes, while same-discipline matches and select mentor functions were associated with more positive outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-34
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Teaching in the Addictions
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 17 2008


  • Distance learning
  • Fellowship training
  • Interdisciplinary teams
  • Mentor programs
  • Mentoring
  • Program evaluation
  • Substance abuse education
  • Substance use disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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