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Academic Detailing

The FSU College of Medicine AHEC Program is working with clinical faculty to improve the identification and treatment of patients who are using tobacco products. The AHEC program has developed an academic detailing model which provides education, resources, and technical assistance in the private practices of FSU clinical faculty. Academic detailing is a university (or non-commercial) educational outreach which involves face-to-face education of physicians by trained health care professionals. Originating from a model developed by pharmaceutical companies, the FSU AHEC tobacco project uses the academic detailing model to improve the treatment of tobacco dependency in the private practice environment. Our goal is to assist faculty in implementing evidenced-based, brief interventions (2-3 minutes) which significantly influence patient cessation.

Participating faculty members receive the following resources to support the treatment of tobacco dependency at their private practice site:

  • An on-site education session about treating tobacco use and dependency for physicians, clinical staff, and other staff as determined by the physician which is approved for one hour of CE for nurses;
  • Bi-monthly updates by a tobacco treatment specialist;
  • Access to free telephone counseling and Nicotine Replacement Therapy for patients through Florida's Quitline;
  • Cessation materials for patients which may be tailored for unique practice needs;
  • Information about local cessation classes for patients who are ready to set a quit date;
  • A monthly stipend for completing a simple data chart with the number of identified tobacco users, users referred for counseling; and users for whom NRT or pharmacotherapy was prescribed.

For more information, please contact Andree Aubrey, at or 850-645-6439.