Curriculum

Our one-year addiction medicine fellowship offers you in-depth clinical experience and a solid didactic education in our dynamic field.

Rotation Schedule

You’ll spend more more than 1,900 hours training in clinical settings, many unopposed. This schedule includes a full 12 weeks of electives.

Your inpatient training takes place at the chemical dependency unit of Erie County Medical Center, a major academic facility and the region’s primary safety-net hospital.

There, you’ll collaborate with medical and counseling specialists in the hospital’s detoxification and rehabilitation units, trauma and psychiatry emergency departments and medical and surgical floors.

As an integral team member, you’ll care for a range of different patient populations, including psychiatrically complex patients with comorbid addictions.

Our outpatient curriculum trains you to manage patients’ pharmacological needs and provide psychosocial care.

You’ll train in a variety of community training sites, including:

  • medical practices
  • not-for-profit agencies
  • hospital-sponsored clinics

During your yearlong continuity clinic, you’ll provide care to your own panel of patients in our UB Family Medicine Addiction Medicine Clinic, where we integrate addiction management into the primary care setting.

Complementing your clinical rotations are our weekly addiction didactics, during which you’ll appraise journal articles, learn of developments in addiction medicine practice and prepare for your board exam. 

Satisfactorily completing all of these requirements qualifies you to sit for the certification examination of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Teaching

You’ll deliver lectures on addiction medicine to:

  • medical students
  • house staff
  • community physicians
  • residents and faculty within the Department of Family Medicine
  • colleagues in UB’s departments of medicine, psychiatry and pediatrics

One of the key topics you’ll discuss is SBIRT — short for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. This evidence-based approach enables physicians in primary care settings to identify, reduce and prevent substance abuse.

Scholarly Project

We expect you to complete one scholarly project during your fellowship. You can embark on an independent research project, collaborate with our faculty or develop a project based on your clinical experience.