EVMS Trauma Outreach for Hazardous Drinking

50% of all patients admitted to trauma departments nationwide are under the influence of alcohol. EVMS Trauma Outreach for Hazardous Drinking (ETOH-D), with the support of the Trauma Department at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, is a student-run initiative designed to use the teachable moment of hospital admission to help alcohol abusers reduce their consumption. The goal of ETOH-D is to keep people out of the emergency room while at the same time reducing the burden of very preventable alcohol-related admissions and readmission. To do this, ETOH-D use evidence-based guidelines to perform a modified version of Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). ETOH-D also represents the first student-run initiative of this scale in the country. It hopes to develop a research component to their overall mission with the goal of assessing the effectiveness of such low-cost, student-managed intervention techniques on recidivism rates for alcohol-related trauma. This is a great program for pre-clinical health professional students who want to make a real, substantial difference in the lives of patients before they reach the clinics and wards. All health professionals must be able to motivate their patients to reduce harmful behaviors, whether they are alcohol abuse, smoking, or poor diet and nutrition. ETOH-D offers student training and hands-on experience in motivational interviewing so that by the time they have clinical responsibility, they will have already integrated this skill into their repertoire. As the program continues to develop, ETOH-D hopes to train students throughout the MD and Health Professions programs, as interpersonal skills and motivational interviewing are relevant skills across all EVMS degree tracks. This program is also one of a very few, if any, such programs run and managed entirely by medical students.


    • Administrative Location

    • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital - Trauma Department
      600 Gresham Drive
      Norfolk, VA 23507
    • Project Location

    • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital - Trauma Department
      600 Gresham Drive
      Norfolk, VA 23507
    • Project Partner(s)

    • Sentara
    • Participant Eligibility

    • Faculty, Physicians, M1, M2, MPH, Other HP, PA, SA
    • Project Categories

    • Community Service, Service Learning
    • Project Scope

    • Local
    • EVMS Department(s)

    • Surgery
    • Points of Contact