Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine Fellowships at West Virginia University

WVU was part of the nation’s first cohort of programs to achieve ACGME accreditation in Addiction Medicine training. We take a multi-disciplinary approach in treating patients who often suffer from a broad range of comorbidities. West Virginia has an overdose rate that’s nearly twice the national average in recent years. Unfortunately, the opioid crisis has been especially hard on the region. Fellows will care for underserved rural patients facing healthcare disparities that are often driven by poverty.

Program highlights:

  • Access to manage a wide (and often complex) variety of addiction cases.
  • Focus on evidence based treatments through a continuum of recovery-oriented addiction services while working in different levels of care.
  • Multidisciplinary and full ASAM level coverage clinical rotations that include addiction consult & liaison service, pain management, dual diagnosis unit, and an addiction intensive outpatient program.
  • New 30-bed 28-day residential treatment facility for our residential rotation
  • WVU has one of the largest Buprenorphine Medical Assisted Treatment programs in the nation. 
  • Unique opportunities to provide rural outreach via tele-medicine with didactics focused on optimal tele-health delivery
  • Protected didactic time
  • Interactive didactic teaching with practical components such as clinical case studies.
  • Basic Psychopharmacology & Psychiatric interview skill training
  • Joint regional/multi-program didactics (monthly) that offer fellows opportunities to lead and present to others outside of our institution.
  • Paid ACAAM membership providing fellows with access to additional tools such as national didactics and opportunities for conference attendance.
  • Program faculty includes four physicians board certified in Addiction Medicine
  • Opportunity to work with and learn from department team members offering a wide range of expertise (child & adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers)

We are located within our department of behavioral medicine and psychiatry. Fellows will learn from a team of psychiatrists who are familiar with psychiatric comorbidities and mental symptoms. Psychiatry focused didactic lectures occur early during training to help provide non-psychiatrist fellows with the tools and education necessary to provide the best care to patients with co-occurring psychiatric illnesses.

WVU’s Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry is a member of WVU’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute with faculty well-published in scientific research. Our department chair is board certified in Addiction Psychiatry and highly supportive of all addiction services and programs. We are committed to offering mentorship and addiction research opportunities to our fellows.

Away from work, Morgantown features beautiful landscapes for outdoor activities and close proximity to larger metropolitan areas like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Columbus, Ohio, and Washington D.C. 

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See cases you want to see, learn from mentors and contribute to your specialty through research. It’s all part of perfecting your skills as a clinician and advancing your career with our fellowship training.

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