The Addiction Medicine Training Program’s mission is to develop compassionate, well-rounded, culturally competent physicians dedicated to serving the needs of the underserved population and special populations. This shall be accomplished by training individuals who have shown compassion and readiness to serve the indigent patients, education in available community services and resources, education in public policies, and improve understanding of health care disparities. The program aligns with the larger mission of cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement.
The goal of the addiction medicine program is to train culturally and clinically competent clinicians using the “CDU Advantage,” a curriculum based on five specific pillars – research, social justice, international exposure, experiential education, and health policy, dedicated to serve the primary care needs of the underserved and under-resourced communities. The overall educational goals for the fellowship program will be obtained through longitudinal continuity of care experiences and learning experiences, clinical core rotations, program specific rotations, elective rotations and scholarly activities. Upon completion of the fellowship, the graduates will develop competency in the following areas:
Assessment and evaluation of substance use disorders across a variety of treatment settings.
Withdrawal management in inpatient and outpatient settings.
Medically managed addiction care in outpatient and residential treatment settings.
Delivery of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral of Treatment.
Provision of Addiction Medicine Consultative Care.
Possession of the scientific, socioeconomic and behavioral knowledge to provide care in complex conditions.
Develop meaningful, therapeutic relationships with patients, families and other health care professionals.
Knowledge and application of appropriate addiction pharmacotherapy.
Recognition and management of co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions.
Understanding of laws regarding illicit substances, controlled substance prescribing, substance use disorder confidentiality and informed consent.
Demonstration of effective interaction with a multi-disciplinary team of psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors and peers in recovery.
Addiction Medicine Consults, 6 blocks
Rehab, 4 blocks
Research, 1 block
Elective, 1 block
Continuity Clinic – two – ½ days weekly
Intensive Outpatient Program – one – ½ days weekly
USLME Step 1 and Step 2 Transcript (or COMLEX Level I & II)
ECFMG Certification (if applicable)
For the three letters of recommendation: At least one letter needs to be from a faculty licensed in the specialty you are applying for who can comment directly on your clinical performance in that field. Letters from individual faculty members are preferred.