Program Overview - Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

  1. Training in Two Major Hospital Systems and Community Sites
    1. OHSU
      1. OHSU is the only academic health center in the state of Oregon
      2. Ranked by US News as the #1 hospital in Oregon, and among the best hospitals in the nation in Cancer, Cardiology, Endocrinology, ENT, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery
      3. We are a leader in diversity initiatives including LGBT healthcare equality, for  example the OHSU Transgender Health Program.
    2. Portland VA Healthcare System
      1. Offers multiple levels of services including integrated care to treat addiction including outpatient and residential treatment, as well as an Opoid Treatment Program offering methadone and buprenorphine treatment.
      2. Has 12 national-level Centers of Excellence including the Portland Alcohol Research Center, Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center, and the Methamphetamine Research Center
      3. Serves more than 95,000 veterans in Oregon and Washington
    3. Fellows will also rotate with community partners to give them a well-rounded view of addiction psychiatry systems of care
  2. Intra-Institutional Collaboration
    1. Fellows participate in a quarterly conference with Addiction Medicine, Toxicology, and Emergency Medicine teams
  3. Emphasis on Teaching/Didactics
    1. 3-4 hours a week in scheduled didactics
      1. Fellows participate in a year-long psychiatry fellows seminar with our Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellows
      2. There are weekly didactics on a wide variety of topics relevant to the practice of addiction psychiatry
  4. Importance on Trainee Wellness
    1. All OHSU trainees have access to the Resident and Faculty Wellness program free services to increase clinician wellness and reduce burnout. The program is being used as the model program for medical training sites around the country
    2. In addition to the standard categories of leave we offer (vacation, sick, FMLA, educational leave), OHSU also offers all trainees 4 wellness half days each academic year for preventative health care
  1. Oregon is unfortunately ranked among the states with the highest addiction rates in the US. While unfortunate for our state, this means as a trainee here you will be caring for patients across the spectrum of substances, addiction levels, and resource availability. This also means that as a fellow here you will be a much needed resource to Oregonians.
  2. In 2021, Oregon became the first state to officially decriminalize possession of small amounts of all drugs. Those who possess small amounts of "hard drugs" will be connected with support services rather than face arrest. This provides a unique training ground and offers specialized research areas for trainees of our program.
  3. Oregon also has become the first state to allow the use of psilocybin in therapy through setting up state-licensed psilocybin-assisted therapy facilities.