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A Computer Based Tutorial on Substance Abuse

John Mahler, MSIV

Dear Student, I am a fourth year medical student at the University Of Connecticut School of Medicine doing research as part of a project required for graduation. The principal investigator for this study is Dr. Catherine Lewis.

The title of this study is A Computer Based Tutorial on Substance Abuse

The purpose of this study is to assess whether completion of this computer-based tutorial improves medical students' knowledge in identifying the presentation of intoxication and withdrawal syndromes for commonly abused substances and the basics of treatment.

You are invited to participate in this study because you are a third year student in the psychiatry clerkship and this material is relevant on that clerkship. Your participation is voluntary. If you choose to participate, please complete the enclosed pre-tutorial and post-tutorial questionnaires. While complete surveys will provide better data, you may skip questions that you do not feel comfortable answering, or stop participating at any time. Your response to these questions should take between 10-20 minutes to complete. Click the submit button when you have completed the survey. Completion and return of these questionnaires signifies your consent to participate in this study.

Please note that your answers will be anonymous and will not be used in grading of your third-year psychiatric clerkship. There are very limited risks to completing this study. Your confidentiality may be breached; however, there are procedures in place to protect your identity. That is, there is no link between you and your answers.

I appreciate your participation in this research study. For questions regarding this study, please feel free to email me at, or call the Principal Investigator at (860) 679-7692.


John Mahler, MSIV



Please use Internet Explorer as the tutorial does not operate correctly on Google Chrome or Firefox. Thank you.

Unique Code:

Please create a unique code that includes the first 3 letters of your street name plus the last 3 letters of your favorite dessert to allow the pre-tutorial questionnaire to be linked to the post-tutorial questionnaire answers for statistical analysis. For example, if your street name is Farmington Avenue and your favorite dessert is pie, your login would be far+pie=farpie. By creating this code, the tests will not be linked to you as an individual. Please do not type any identifiable information in the space below.

Thank you.


Pre-Tutorial Questionnaire


Link to tutorial

Post-Tutorial Questionnaire