About the Program
The University of Colorado Addiction Medicine Fellowship is a one-year
multidisciplinary program providing training in the treatment of patients with
substance use disorders. The fellowship
offers experiences in a variety of treatment settings from
inpatient/residential to outpatient programs and includes a diverse patient
population with respect to socio-economic strata, race, ethnicity and age. While training will occur across a full
spectrum of clinical venues, the Addiction Medicine Fellowship is based in the
Department of Family Medicine, an acknowledgement that significant portions of
current and future substance use disorder treatments will be delivered in
primary care settings with trained addiction medicine specialists having a
crucial impact not only in direct patient care but providing education and
guidance to primary care providers in addiction treatment.
Goals and Objectives
The Addiction Medicine Fellow will acquire knowledge of substance use
disorder prevention, evaluation, and treatment modalities in ambulatory care
settings, acute care settings, primary care settings, psychiatric care settings
and residential treatment facilities.
Program objectives include training for independent practice in
Addiction Medicine, preparing for certification through the American Board of
Addiction Medicine and developing leaders in the field.
The overall educational goals for the fellowship program
will be obtained through longitudinal continuity of care experiences, longitudinal
learning experiences, clinical core rotations, program specific rotations,
elective rotations and scholarly activities.
Upon completion of the fellowship, proficiency will be expected in the
- Assessment and evaluation of substance use
disorders across a variety of treatment settings
- Withdrawal management in inpatient and
- Medically managed addiction care in outpatient
and residential treatment settings
- Delivery of Screening, Brief Intervention and
Referral of Treatment
- Provision of Addiction Medicine Consultative
- 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
- 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.