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Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Program Description

WVU was part of the nation’s first cohort of programs to achieve ACGME accreditation in Addiction Medicine training. WVU’s one year program offers professional and personal growth opportunities while enhancing skills needed to become well-rounded, independent clinician-scientists in Addiction Medicine. West Virginia is at the epicenter of the ongoing opioid crisis. Our underserved rural patients face healthcare disparities often driven by poverty, leading to limited medical and behavioral care access. There are opportunities to provide much needed care to these patients. Many suffer from a broad range of comorbidities, and need addiction related recovery services. Overall, we care for the citizens of Morgantown, the state of West Virginia, and our surrounding region.

****New to AY 21-22*** we offer a “Rural Training Track” for applicants eligible for HRSA funded positions. Rural and Traditional track applicants will both apply via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Your track preference will be discussed at the time of interview.

All fellows will learn the continuum of recovery-oriented addiction services while working in different levels of care. You will rotate through our Dual Diagnosis Inpatient Unit, provide consult and liaison services at our main hospital, and care for patients in our residential treatment facility. Outpatient rotations include an Addiction Intensive Outpatient Program and pain management. All rotations throughout the 12 month fellowship includes a weekly continuity clinic.

Rural-track fellows will participate in rotations that include some travel outside of Morgantown.

Our rural rotation partners are about an hour drive from Morgantown.

  • Telemedicine clinics at United Summit Center in Clarksburg, WV
  • Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center - Clarksburg, WV

We encourage fellows to participate in research opportunities. Our Wednesday afternoon didactic time is protected and provides some interaction with our other Behavioral Medicine training programs via the department’s grand rounds. In addition to learning, grand rounds lends presenting and teaching opportunities to fellows.

We hope you will reach out to our program coordinator or director if you have any questions not answered on this site.

Highlights of our curriculum:

  • Multidisciplinary and full ASAM level coverage clinical rotations:
     -including acute detox
     -addiction consultation and liaison service
       -pain clinic
       -residential program

     **30-bed 28-day new residential treatment facility**

   -Intensive Outpatient Program

   -rural telemedicine clinics


  • Interactive didactic teaching

  • Practical components such as clinical case studies

  • Basic Psychopharmacology & Psychiatric interview skill training

 

  • WVU has one of the country’s largest Buprenorphine Medical Assisted Treatment Programs

WVU’s Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry is a member of WVU’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute which is leading the way on the cutting edge of clinical neuroscience. Faculty are well-published in scientific research. Our department chair is board certified in Addiction Psychiatry and is highly supportive of Addiction services, including this fellowship program. We are committed to offering addiction research opportunities to fellows, along with giving them the tools and guidance (through education and mentorship) to provide the highest quality of care to patients.

Away from work, you’ll find the city of Morgantown to be one of the most pleasantly diverse within Appalachia. Our beautiful region offers a high quality of life outside of work and studies. These include beautiful landscapes for outdoor activities and close proximity to larger metropolitan areas like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Columbus, Ohio, and Washington D.C.

WVU Medicine is the #1 healthcare system in our state, a state plagued by the opioid crisis. While we provide fellows with much-needed opportunities for training and professional growth, they will fill a great need for us and our community.