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The mission of the Interdisciplinary Addiction Medicine Fellowship is to train the next generation of leaders who can provide the highest quality of medical care for the prevention and treatment of substance-use disorders.
The program also strives to increase the medical work force capable of providing interprofessional, integrated primary care and specialty care for substance-use disorders to medically underserved and vulnerable populations.
The Interdisciplinary Addiction Medicine Fellowship at Penn State Children’s Hospital is designed to be a one-year program, with an option to continue for a second year for those candidates who wish to pursue an academic career and are interested in doing addiction-related research.
The program’s vision is to reduce overdose deaths, improve capacity and access to treatment and promote a substance-free population of children, adolescents and adults in central Pennsylvania.
The fellowship is open to all candidates who are board-certified or board-eligible in a primary medical specialty of:
- Emergency medicine
- Family and community medicine
- Internal medicine
- Obstetrics and gynecology
Learn More about the Fellowship
Greetings prospective applicants,
We are delighted you are interested to learn more about the Interdisciplinary Addiction Medicine Fellowship at Penn State Children’s Hospital. Our goal is to train the next generation of addiction medicine specialists to:
- Provide excellent, independent care for people living with addiction
- Function as health-systems-aware advocates for improvement in care delivery and public health
- Advance the status of addiction science
- Teach the broader community the value of compassionate addiction care
- Develop skills practicing in interprofessional teams
To realize this goal, we have brought together an outstanding faculty with expertise in addiction medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, family and community medicine, emergency medicine, pain medicine, obstetrics and gynecology and pharmacology, practicing in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Not only will you have the opportunity to work with and learn from a dynamic group of clinicians and scholars, but you will also benefit from a didactic curriculum that provides a foundation in the biology of substance-use disorders, the medical and psychosocial complications of these disorders, their treatment, research methodology, clinical ethics and clinician wellness.
We recognize that most substance-use disorder care is provided in the community, not the university setting, so you will also train and learn at community sites that offer a wide range of outpatient and residential medical and behavioral care. Your work in the fellowship will equip you to care and advocate for children, adolescents and adults living with substance-use disorders across urban, suburban and rural settings.
By applying to a fellowship in addiction medicine, you are acknowledging your desire to care for an often-marginalized population deserving of high-quality, ethical and compassionate care. Beyond that, you are acknowledging your own humanity, kindness and adaptability, the essential qualities of an addiction medicine provider.
We look forward to meeting you.
Glenn K. Buchberger, MD
Sheryl A. Ryan, MD
Associate Program Director
General Application Information
All applications must be submitted through ERAS.
ERAS opens for applications in July and the application review process begins mid-July, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.
COVID-19 Update for the 2020 Interview Season
In accordance with national recommendations and in fairness to all fellowship candidates, many of whom are under travel restrictions, in-person visits and interviews will be suspended for the 2020 interview season. All fellowship interviews will be conducted virtually via conferencing software. Fellowship candidates are encouraged to pay close attention to ERAS and NRMP calendars for this season, which may be different than prior years, and adhere to all deadlines to ensure a successful match.
Qualified candidates will be:
- U.S. citizens, permanent residents or J-1 visa holders (no additional visa types are sponsored)
- Board-eligible or board-certified in family and community medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology or pediatrics
- Eligible for a Pennsylvania medical training license
Required Supporting Documents
The following documents should be uploaded to ERAS for review:
- ERAS application, including current photograph
- Personal statement
- Curriculum vitae
- USMLE or COMLEX transcript
- ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
- Four letters of recommendation, including one from current program director
International medical graduates must hold a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to be considered for the match. The program accepts J-1 visas only.
Applications will be reviewed once the ERAS application is complete. Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview. All applications are considered without regard to race, religion, gender or national origin.
Penn State Health
Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to improve health through patient care, research, education and community outreach.
In December 2017, the system partnered with Highmark Health to facilitate creation of a value-based, community care network in the region. The shared goal of Highmark and Penn State Health is to ensure patients in the community are within:
- 10 minutes of a Penn State Health primary care provider
- 20 minutes of Penn State Health specialty care
- 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care facility
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Dr., Hershey, Pa., 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)
- The health system’s 548-bed flagship teaching and research hospital
- The only medical facility in Pennsylvania accredited as both an adult and a pediatric Level I (highest-level) trauma center
- Dedicated surgical, neuroscience, cardiovascular, trauma and medical intensive care units
- Accredited Life Lion critical-care transport providing more than 1,100 helicopter and approximately 750 ground ambulance transports per year
- More than 1,300 faculty members and more than 650 residents and fellows
- Approximately 28,500 admissions, 75,000 emergency department visits, 1.1 million outpatient visits and 32,000 surgical procedures annually
- Designated as a Magnet hospital three times
Penn State Children’s Hospital
600 University Dr., Hershey, Pa. 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)
- A five-story, 263,000-square-foot-facility built in 2013
- Three-floor expansion due to open in 2020
- Level IV (highest-level) neonatal intensive care unit
- Level I (highest-level) pediatric trauma center designation
- Dedicated pediatric operating rooms
- More than 150,000 pediatric outpatient visits and approximately 5,000 pediatric patient discharges annually
Fellow wellness, including emotional, spiritual, social and physical health, is a crucial component to training and to becoming a professional, compassionate and resilient physician. Self-care is a skill which must be continually practiced and reinforced. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health are committed to addressing wellness, with multiple resources readily available.
Graduate medical education resources
Clinical rotations will include inpatient experiences at:
- Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center addiction and pain management
- Consult-liaison services and residential programs at the Caron Institute and Gaudenzia in Harrisburg
- Outpatient rotations and a continuity clinic including:
Electives will be available depending upon each fellow’s interest and are designed to provide clinical experience in the areas of:
- Emergency medicine
- Obstetrics and gynecology
- Pain medicine
A rigorous core didactic curriculum is part of the weekly schedule. In addition, a one-month elective in research is available to all fellows.
- Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute
- Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute – Opioid Treatment Clinic – 36 weeks (144 hours)
- Continuity Clinic – 48 weeks (192 hours)
- Lebanon VA Medical Center
- Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program – eight weeks (192 hours)
- Mazetti and Sullivan
- Adult IOP Program – four weeks (48 hours)
- Adolescent IOP/PHP Program – 16 weeks (128 hours)
- Caron Treatment Center
- Adolescent Residential – four weeks (64 hours)
- Adult Residential – four weeks (64 hours)
- Gaudenzia Concept 90
- Adult Residential – four weeks (96 hours)
- Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
- Consult-liaison service (required) – 16 weeks (256 hours)
- Inpatient pain service (required) – 16 weeks (128 hours)
- Women’s health service (elective) – 18 weeks (72 hours)
- Adolescent medicine clinic (elective) – 16 weeks (96 hours)
- Outpatient pain service (elective) – 18 weeks (72 hours)
- Emergency medicine (elective) – 16 weeks (96 hours)
- Scholarly activity – four weeks (128 hours)
- Core lecture series – 48 weeks (192 hours)
- Vacation/continuing medical education – four weeks (must total at least 160 hours)