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Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

The ACGME-accredited Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program provides psychiatric physicians with advanced training in the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of disorders related to substance abuse, while providing related education and exposure to addictions research. The Addiction Psychiatrist requires knowledge of pharmacology, psychiatry, general medicine, as well as an understanding of how to work effectively and collaboratively with other mental health providers and allied health professionals including nurses, social workers, psychologists, nurse practitioners, counselors, pharmacists, and others who participate in the patient care. Successful completion qualifies the fellow to apply for subspecialty certification in addiction psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

The MUSC Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship focuses on training the fellow on the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of substance-related disorders as well as providing related education and research. The addiction psychiatrist will be fully trained in techniques required in the treatment of the larger group of patients with dual diagnoses of addictive disorders and other psychiatric disorders. The field of addiction psychiatry requires knowledge of pharmacology, psychiatry, general medicine, as well as an understanding of the interaction of these disciplines.

A typical rotation schedule includes:

→   Psychopharmacology Outpatient Clinic
→   Buprenorphine Clinic
→   Inpatient Unit
→   Intensive Outpatient
→   Adolescent Inpatient/Outpatient
→   Substance Abuse Treatment Center
→   Substance Abuse Treatment Center Outpatient Clinic
→   Pain Clinic Ambulatory Care
→   Charleston Center Substance Abuse Treatment Center
→   Methadone Maintenance Clinic
→   Supervision
→   Didactics
→   Research

In addition to the PGY-5 Clinical Fellowship described above, we have an Addiction Research Fellowship Program funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism (NIAA). This fellowship can begin in the PGY-4 or PGY-5 year.

Questions about the program may be directed to:

 Tara M. Wright, MD

  Program Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship
  Assistant Professor, MUSC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  Assistant Chief, Mental Health Service Line, Ralph H. Johnson VAMC




The training period in addictions psychiatry is 12 months. You must have completed an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited psychiatry residency prior to entering the program. Training in addiction psychiatry that occurred during the general residency training will not be credited toward the one-year requirement.

The following items are required to complete your application:
.  Completed Universal Application (pdf), including Personal Statement
2.  Current Curriculum Vitae
Letter from your Dean's Office (Medical School)
4.  Two current letters of recommendation
Official copy of your Transcript (Medical School)
6.  Copies of USMLE Step 1, 2, & 3 scores
7.  ECFMG Certificate (International Medical Graduates only)


Please send application materials to:
Jennifer Peterson, Program Coordinator
Mailing Address: 125 Doughty Street, Suite 190, Charleston, SC  29403