The Addiction Medicine Fellowship is a 1-year full-time or 2-year half-time fellowship offering robust clinical and research training in the evaluation and treatment of addictive diseases. Our program has an academic affiliation agreement with RiverMend Health. As a part of this agreement, Medical College of Georgia physicians are the attending physicians RiverMend’s various treatment facilities. Additionally, residents, medical students and PA students are able to train alongside our fellows. Whether at the Bluff Plantation or RiverMend Health Centers or Medical College of Georgia, the Fellow learns how to evaluate the clinical evidence and incorporate research based innovations in everyday addiction treatment. While in training fellows will have the opportunity to:
Addiction Medicine Fellows round daily Monday-Friday on all substance abuse patients
on the psychiatric unit at Augusta University Medical Center. There they assist in
providing substance abuse assessments and detoxification.
During the first half of the fellowship the fellows will train and provide addiction services at Bluff Plantation, a residential substance abuse treatment facility. They will perform comprehensive addiction assessment, assess and medically manage withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs, treat medical and psychiatric co-occurring disorders and work with an interdisciplinary team to provide ongoing substance abuse treatment.
During the second half of the fellowship fellows will train and provide addiction services at RiverMend Health outpatient center. Assessments and ongoing care will be provided to patients at the partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient level of care.
10% of the fellow’s time will be devoted to the development and implementation of an empirically- based research project. The fellow can elect to conduct an independent research project or the fellow could join a pre-existing research project. The fellow will be expected to participate in ongoing projects, to submit manuscripts (chapters or journal articles) for publication, and/or develop one or more projects on which he or she takes the lead. Fellows will be encouraged to present at a regional or national conference at least once during the fellowship experience.
The fellows will participate in weekly didactic sessions with addiction and psychiatric physicians. They will also attend Grand Rounds presentations 3 times per month.
The goal of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship is to provide training leading to competency in the following areas.
Individuals must have successfully completed a residency and be board-eligible in a medical specialty. If in recovery they must have a minimum of 1 year of continuous sobriety.
Please send the following requirements to Tina Hall:
The fellow will receive a written evaluation regarding his/her performance two times a year. These evaluations will be written by the primary supervisors and shared with the fellow. In addition, all efforts are made to provide the fellow with ongoing feedback throughout the year. The fellow will also have the opportunity to provide feedback about the fellowship program and discuss with the supervisor what they would like to see improved or develop collaborative goals for the remainder of the fellowship.