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Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

Program Description

***(updated 3/5/21) Openings still available for July 1, 2021 (AY 21-22)***

West Virginia University’s Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship is a one-year ACGME accredited program. Eligible applicants must be on track to complete an ACGME accredited psychiatry residency program. West Virginia is at the epicenter of today’s opioid crisis and provides fellows with opportunities to care for patients suffering a broad range of comorbidities who need addiction related recovery services. WVU also has one of the largest Buprenorphine Medical Assisted Treatment programs in the nation. 

Fellows will learn the continuum of recovery-oriented addiction services while working in different levels of care. Trainees 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.

We encourage fellows to participate in research opportunities. Our Wednesday afternoon didactic time is protected and provides some interaction with other Behavioral Medicine training programs via the department’s grand rounds. Grand rounds participation provides presenting and teaching opportunities for 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


  • Interactive didactic teaching

  • Practical components such as clinical case studies

  • Basic Psychopharmacology & Psychiatric interview skill training

WVU’s Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry is a member of WVU’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and our faculty is well-published in scientific research. Our department chair is board certified in Addiction Psychiatry and highly supportive of our program. We are committed to offering addiction research opportunities, and above all are invested in providing the highest quality of care to our patients. These opportunities will give fellows a chance to become a well-rounded, independent clinician-scientist in Addiction Psychiatry.

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.