Addiction Medicine Fellowship Curriculum Overview

About the Program Curriculum

The curriculum outlines the extensive learning opportunities that will ensure a complete understanding of the disease of addiction, from prevention to appropriate treatment, diagnosis, and leading the multidisciplinary treatment team so that our fellow will have established confidence at the end of their one-year fellowship program.


Seminar and Course Listing

  • Addiction Medicine Conferences
  • Motivational Interview/Enhancement seminars
  • Cognitive Therapies seminar
  • Addiction Medicine Journal presentation
  • Basic Psychopharmacology
  • Neuroscience Seminar
  • Core Addiction medicine didactics
  • Monthly journal presentation
  • Clinical Case presentation and conference

Fellowship Evaluation

A formal assessment of clinical skill of all fellow will be completed biannually during the year of their training. The process and evaluation forms were developed to satisfy both ABPN and ACGME Addiction Medicine requirements.

Multisource assessment (Medhub assessment form, faculty evaluation, resident self-assessment form, peer evaluation)

Direct observation, formative and summative evaluation, formal and informal discussions.

Fellowship Scholarly Activities

The fellow will be expected to participate in scholarly activities, including academic journal club, and will additionally have the opportunity to present at departmental grand rounds.

The fellow will receive formal instruction in research in an academic seminar series.

The fellow will be encouraged to pursue research projects and will have attendance at national meetings supported by the department.

Core Competencies

Patient Care

Comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with substance-related health problems and SUDs along a continuum of care, including inpatient/residential, outpatient treatments, early intervention, harm reduction, and prevention. Providing care to patients in different settings, such as inpatient medically managed withdrawal programs, SUD treatment programs, consultation services, and integrated clinics.

Working with an interdisciplinary team that includes other medical specialists, counselors, psychologists, family members, and/or other stakeholders involved in the patient’s care

Medical Knowledge

The medical model of addiction, including a basic knowledge of neurobiology and changes in brain structures associated with addiction.

Pharmacology of common psychoactive substances, including alcohol, nicotine, stimulants, sedative-hypnotics, depressants, opioids, inhalants, hallucinogens, and cannabinoids.

The impact of substance use, including psychosocial and medicolegal implications, in diverse populations and cultures, such as in women, neonates, children, adolescents, families, the elderly, sexual and gender minorities, patients with physical or mental trauma or other injuries, military personnel and dependents, health care professionals, employees, and persons involved in the criminal justice system.

Screening, brief intervention strategies appropriate to substance use risk level, and referral to treatment.

Identification and treatment of common co-occurring conditions, such as medical, psychiatric, and pain conditions.