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Didactics

Throughout fellowship, trainees from both the Yale Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine fellowships in addition to other interprofessional learners join together weekly for formal learning with a highly interactive and competency-driven curriculum. The fellowship curriculum is designed by incorporating multiple learning techniques including lectures, simulations, reflective practice, peer-based learning and feedback, experiential and problem-based team learning.

A massive open online course titled, Addiction Treatment: Clinical Skills for Healthcare Providers, was created to provide entry-level, foundational SUD education to incoming fellows. Throughout the year, our robust didactic curriculum includes over 170 classes taught by over 70 Yale faculty members. Additionally, workshop training in evidence-based therapies including Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for SUDs are held in the fall with ongoing clinical supervision offered by proficient therapists. Partnering with the Yale Simulation Center, fellows are able to practice core clinical skills and receive faculty debriefing through participation in several clinical simulations. Field trips offer exposure to community based clinical sites throughout the year. The so-called ‘Scavenger Hunt’ is a self-guided, team-based, exercise that allows fellows to progress through essential skills, experiences and competencies.

Clinical Simulation: Diagnosing and Treating SUDs in Adolescents

In addition to our core learning activities, fellows are encouraged to participate in the many available electives throughout Yale School of Medicine ranging from additional psychotherapy training to in-depth neuroscience and pharmacogenetics to advocacy and writing workshops.

Weekly Didactic Courses