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A lethal hidden curriculum—death of a medical student from opioid use disorder.

Lucey CR, Jones L, Eastburn A. A Lethal Hidden Curriculum - Death of a Medical Student from Opioid Use Disorder. N Engl J Med. 2019;381(9):793-795. doi:10.1056/NEJMp1901537.

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September 4, 2019
Lucey CR, Jones L, Eastburn A. N Engl J Med. 2019;381(9):793-795.
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This commentary discusses an incident involving a medical student with a history of opioid use disorder who relapsed during training and overdosed. The authors summarize the results of the root cause analysis of the incident and recommend structural interventions for medical schools such as personnel assessment for substance abuse when behavior is reported that should trigger that action and curricula for students regarding opioid use disorders in health professionals to minimize stigma and to offer effective actions for support.

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Lucey CR, Jones L, Eastburn A. A Lethal Hidden Curriculum - Death of a Medical Student from Opioid Use Disorder. N Engl J Med. 2019;381(9):793-795. doi:10.1056/NEJMp1901537.

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