Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program
Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Yale Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program offers robust training in addiction medicine.
What is addiction medicine?
Addiction medicine is the study of causes, symptoms and treatment of patients with substance use disorders.
Why train in addiction medicine at Yale?
Yale’s training program builds on the school’s expertise of substance use disorders, clinical research, and medical education and its international reputation for integrating addiction treatment into general medical settings.
The fellowship program is housed within Yale’s Program in Addiction Medicine, which is a multi-disciplinary clinical, educational, and research program whose mission is to enhance Yale’s portfolio of state-of-the-art addiction research; provide comprehensive patient care services to patients across Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) and within the greater New Haven community; and increase the pipeline of physicians trained in evidence-based strategies to care for patients with substance use.
What will I do as an addiction medicine fellow?
- Rotate at several Yale-affiliated training sites and a diverse array of community addiction treatment facilities;
- Participate in robust addiction medicine didactic curriculum, focusing on the bio-psycho-social assessment and treatment of patients with addiction; and
- Work with faculty from both the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) and Yale School of Public Health (YPH,) who are internationally recognized for epidemiologic and clinical trial research focusing on substance use and related medical (e.g. HIV, Hepatitis C, pain) and psychiatric co-morbidities.
What training will I receive as part of the program?
First-Year Training (Required)
- First-year fellows will obtain clinical training in Addiction Medicine through a variety of inpatient and outpatient training experiences. Training sites include Yale New Haven Hospital and its affiliated outpatient clinics; VA Connecticut Healthcare System; The APT Foundation, a multi-specialty addiction treatment facility; and the South Central Rehabilitation Center.
- Additionally, fellows can add training in the complex relationship between addiction and chronic pain. Opportunities to engage in clinical research or medical education projects will begin in the first year.
- All fellows completing the one-year training program will be eligible to take the Addiction Medicine board certification examination offered through the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
Second-Year Training (Optional)
- The second year of the program, structured as a year-long practicum, is optional and dependent on funding availability.
- The practicum component will consist of a research track or an education track, designed to train fellows for careers as clinician-investigators and clinician-educators, respectively. Both tracks share a common curriculum with a research component and a non-research component. The practicum will be tailored to each fellow’s individual interest with additional mentorship opportunities.
Applicants must be board certified or board eligible in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Preventive Medicine or Obstetrics/Gynecology. Additionally, applicants must be graduates of, or in the final year of an ACGME accredited clinical residency program. Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year should be submitted through ERAS. A full Connecticut medical license is required before starting the fellowship as well as a physician waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. Information on how to obtain the waiver can be found at the website.
A completed application, personal statement, curriculum vitae and at least three references to the Fellowship program are required. After review by the Fellowship Director and faculty, decisions to offer an interview are made. Virtual interviews will occur in the fall of 2020. Interviews with current fellows and faculty provide an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about our fellowship program.
Please feel free to contact our program coordinator, Carolyn Dellaquila via email, if you have questions.
What is the mission of the Yale Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program?
- The effective clinical care of patients with addictive disorders and their associated co-morbidities
- To critically appraise the Addiction Medicine literature
- To use novel educational strategies to teach students and residents and other learners topics in Addiction Medicine