Multidisciplinary Addiction Medicine Fellowship

What is the Program?

The Multidisciplinary Addiction Medicine Fellowship offers the first comprehensive one-year training opportunity in Puerto Rico to primary physicians on the subject of providing high-quality integrated care to people with substance abuse and dependence. In addition to Addiction Medicine training, this fellowship provides experience and skill-development, working within an interdisciplinary team.

Our program provides an in-depth experience, with an emphasis on the care of people with addiction, along with elective experiences selected by each fellowship participant to meet his or her training needs. Our training and teaching are closely integrated with our Internal Medicine Residency Program. This program utilizes a longitudinal schedule to allow fellows to gain experience at several training sites over the course of the year.

 

What can be expected?

Fellows will develop robust outpatient Addiction Medicine skills in a continuity practice as well as a specialized addiction clinic, methadone maintenance program, and multiple community Addiction Medicine practices.

 

Fellows will gain experience with:

The primary goal of the one year full-time fellowship is to prepare primary physicians for clinical and academic careers in Addiction Medicine. Fellows will benefit from working within an initiative at the forefront of Addiction Medicine.

The UCC School of Medicine Addiction Medicine Fellowship is a one-year, advanced Fellowship opportunity open to physicians who have completed any ACGME-accredited residency. The Fellowship is accredited by the Accredited Council of Graduate Medical Education.  It will provide state-of-the-art training in the treatment of patients with addiction, including detoxification, pharmacotherapy for addiction, abstinence-based recovery models, harm-reduction recovery models, motivational interviewing, 12-Step facilitation, consultation for medical and psychiatric hospital services, and psychosocial approaches to the treatment of patients with addiction. The program is tailored to the individual background and interests of the applicant. The goal is to train physicians in all aspects of treating patients with substance use disorders, behavioral addictions, and co-occurring psychiatric and medical disorders. It also hopes to promote future leaders in the field of Addiction Medicine.

 

Clinical rotations will include:

 Inpatient consultation on the Addiction Consult Team at the hospital.

  • Outpatient addiction treatment in a community-based opioid treatment program.
  • Urgent and transitional addiction treatment in the hospital outpatient clinic.
  • Outpatient addiction treatment integrated into Primary Care at three community health centers. 
  • Diagnosis treatment in specialty outpatient clinics for adults and adolescents.
  • Electives and longitudinal experiences will be further tailored to each fellow’s interests and guided by the interdisciplinary Addiction Medicine Fellowship faculty.

 

Requirements:

  • Medical License – An unrestricted and currently valid license(s) to practice medicine in a State, the District of Columbia, a Territory, Commonwealth, or possession of the United States. If the applicant has licenses in multiple states, none of those licenses may be restricted, revoked, or suspended or currently under such notice.
  • Medical Degree – Graduation is required from: a medical school in the United States which at the time of the applicant’s graduation was accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, or a school of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association, or an accredited medical school in Canada, or from a medical school located outside the United States and Canada that is deemed satisfactory to the Board.

 

The following are required to apply for the Fellowship:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Evidence of USMLE’s report (official transcript)
  • Permanent license (if applicable)
  • Personal statement
  • ECFMG certificate, if applicable
  • Photo
  • Puerto Rico Criminal background check (certificado buena conducta de la policía)
  • Residency Program diplomas

 

  • To fill and complete the application, available at the GMEC Office. Contact person: Dr. Frances García, Director and DIO. Email: frances.garcia@uccaribe.edu.