Addiction Medicine Fellowship

LLUMC Addiction Medicine Fellowship

The Addiction Medicine Fellowship has existed at LLU since mid-1990’s. We have graduated over 20 fellows in that time who have made careers in Addiction Medicine in a variety of formats. The fellowship is a clinical fellowship without protected research time, though several fellows have worked on clinical research projects, and even presented them as a poster at the annual addiction meetings at the state and national levels.

The various rotation sites include Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, working with patients who are in acute withdrawal, as well as managing substance use disorders in the outpatient setting. Faculty at this site include fellowship trained FP, PM, and psychiatric trained physicians. The LLUMC site is at the Behavioral Medicine Center’s inpatient unit working, with Addiction Psychiatry faculty. During this time, the fellow will also rotate at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System’s outpatient addiction medicine clinic, and includes Addiction Medicine and Addiction Psychiatry faculty. There they will work with patients on a consult basis, in a rehab program, or outpatient management of substance use disorders, while utilizing Medication Assisted Therapy, such as buprenorphine and naltrexone. An additional site is at the Betty Ford Center, where fellow gain experience working with impaired professionals and family members, in addition to substance use disorders, in a residential setting. All sites prefer all accepted applicants to have their buprenorphine DEA waiver, which is obtained online. Expectations throughout the fellowship include journal club, presenting at grand rounds, and mentoring medical students and residents from different specialties.