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Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Addictive Medicine Fellowship

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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 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.

Contact Info:

Laurie Lemmel
Program Coordinator​  ​AO1, MS F496​
12631 East 17th Ave.
Aurora, CO 80045
(303) 724-1423