Message from the Program Director

Tildabeth Doscher.

“People from all walks of life battle addiction,” says Tildabeth Doscher. “Our program gives you the unique skills to help combat this devastating epidemic — and save lives.”

The UB Addiction Medicine Fellowship continues to evolve and innovate in both its curriculum training of fellows and treatment of patients.  Our program remains a cornerstone of advocacy and education in the Western New York region and has roots dating back over a decade.

In 2011, the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) accredited the first 10 postgraduate programs in addiction medicine at institutions around the country.

Included in that groundbreaking group?  Included in that groundbreaking group?


Three years later, ABAM established the National Center for Physician Training in Addiction Medicine, charged with developing curricula and training primary care providers to specialize in the field.

Which university was chosen for its headquarters?


That’s one way of saying that you’ve come to a place that has been on the frontline of meeting the challenges of recognizing the need, and providing care, for those suffering from the chronic disease of addiction.  Our program is dedicated to training physicians who will provide non-stigmatizing, compassionate, evidence-based care to those who are struggling with addiction.  We educate our colleagues to do the same.

At a time when people with substance use disorders (SUD) occupy up to 40 percent of all hospital beds, 65% of prison beds and fathomless numbers of our community members' beds, UB is raising the profile of — and training standards in — addiction medicine. Our individualized fellowship is leading the way, creating an unparalleled path for our fellows to become credentialed in this much-needed specialty.

Train at UB, within our large Department of Family Medicine, with multiple community partners and you will be exposed to a variety of evidence-based approaches. The fellowship’s focus is on fostering a learning environment that encourages compassion and critical thinking with the guidance of a diverse group of mentors in a variety of patient care settings. At UB, fellows are not  limited to a single training facility, but can hone their skills in clinical sites  which include a major academic hospital, residential treatment programs,  a harm reduction center, criminal justice settings and outpatient behavioral health and SUD clinics. We are also associated with a robust research arm, the Primary Care Research Institute at UB, wherein fellows have opportunities to join ongoing research efforts in the field of SUD.

Within this diverse learning environment, you’ll care for a broad patient base, one that includes adolescents, pregnant women and people who come from different walks of life, all sharing a common struggle.

Because we accept only two fellows into our program, you’ll receive individualized attention as you train. Our recent graduates come from multiple primary specialties including Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Pathology, and Preventive Medicine. Rather than requiring you to conform to a one-size-fits-all curriculum, we tailor our curriculum to match your professional interests and goals.

As a result of this training approach, you’ll emerge from our program as not only a community expert in substance use disorders, but as a health care leader poised to train the next generation of addiction medicine physicians. What’s more, your expertise will position you to make system change — to shape health care practice and policy, to direct critical resources toward this devastating public health epidemic.

There’s no better time to launch your career in addiction medicine than right now — and no better place to train than right here.

If you have any questions about our program, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Tildabeth Doscher, MD, MPH
Program Director