Pennsylvania's Tobacco Education Project- Medical School Module

Publication ID Published Version
1703 September 18, 2009 1


The Pennsylvania Tobacco Education pilot project was developed in order to create a generalizable method of improving students' knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to tobacco use treatment. This module includes pertinent information and resources necessary to plan, train, implement and evaluate a comprehensive tobacco education curriculum into medical schools. The educational methods and evaluation strategies were successfully implemented in three independent institutions across Pennsylvania.


Evers-Casey S, Leone F, Kanzleiter L. Pennsylvania's Tobacco Education Project- Medical School Module. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2009. Available from:

Contains Information Suitable for Patient Education

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to assist educators in the identification and organization of existing institutional resources and ensure standardization of content while allowing for variability between sites.
  2. To be able to provide a basic structure for training SP actors, SP scenarios that represent several stages of change and a rudimentary checklist to assess target outcomes based on USPHS guidelines.
  3. To be able to provide a basis for discussing several treatment related misconceptions and provide SP actors with background necessary to facilitate a credible SP session.
  4. To be able to provide a mechanism for program monitoring and quality improvement and assist educators in assessing the effects of program modifications.
  5. To be able to articulate the educational goals for each tobacco-related SP scenario and provide a method for ongoing evaluation of student effectiveness and effectiveness of program components
  6. To be able to encounter Log System (PELS)- Assist educators in tracking key behaviors among students, assess the effectiveness of an educational intervention and provide regular cues to encourage targeted behaviors
  7. To be able to assess and plan- provide students with a formal structure for assessing tobacco patients' needs and a mechanism to develop and document a treatment plan.


  • Case-Based Reporting, Cognitive Therapy, Tobacco Use Treatment, Smoking Cessation


  • Medical
    • Preventive Medicine
      • Public Health


  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-based Learning & Improvement

Professional Interest

  • Communication Skills
  • Counseling (Personal or Academic)
  • Curriculum Development/Evaluation
  • Health Education
  • Instructional Materials/Methods
  • Public Health Sciences
  • Substance Abuse

Instructional Methods

  • Problem-based Learning (PBL)
  • Tutorial

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Medical Student


  • Standardized Patient

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