Mayo Clinic TTS in Eastern Mediterranean develops champions in tobacco treatment

By Michael Burke, Ed.D

The Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center (NDC) recently completed the first Mayo Clinic Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Certification program in the Eastern Mediterranean. Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists (CTTSs) are professionals trained to provide treatment for individuals seeking to stop using tobacco.

The overarching goal of the program is to aid health care professionals in becoming competent in the provision of treatment for individuals dependent on tobacco and to formally recognize this competence. The NDC has worked closely with the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD) and others to establish standards for core competencies, training, and certification of tobacco treatment providers.

“The commitment of this diverse group of health professionals to developing their skills for treating tobacco dependence and the support from the Supreme Council of Health for building the capacity for treatment was extraordinary,” said Dr. Burke.

The training took place in Doha, Qatar and was led by Timothy Milbrant and Michael Burke, Ed.D. of the NDC, and Feras Hawari, M.D. of the King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan, a Mayo Clinic/Global Bridges regional partner. 30 health care professionals from Hamad Medical Center, Primary Healthcare Corporation, Qatar Petroleum, Al Ahli and Al Emadi hospitals and Naufar were invited to participate in the program by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Thani, M.D., director of Public Health at the Supreme Council of Health in Qatar.

After completing the training, participants qualify for a TTS Certification accredited by ATTUD. The NDC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification Program at Mayo Clinic has been nationally accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs since 2010. This program offers external training within the U.S., as well as international training upon request. Accommodation is offered for participants who are hearing impaired, as the program provides sign language interpreters at the on-site training located in Rochester, Minnesota, upon request.

Learn more about the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification program on the Mayo Clinic NDC website.