Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Train with us in this yearlong program to specialize in all aspects of addiction medicine.

Your Specialized Role

As an Addiction Medicine Fellow at the Betty Ford Center, a licensed chemical dependency recovery hospital, you will rotate among the Center's detoxification and inpatient units, making clinical rounds with the attending physician.

This yearlong, fully accredited fellowship is designed to provide you with a diverse clinical experience in the medical and psychiatric aspects of addiction. With an intense focus on patient care, your fellowship will involve:
  • Assessing patients from admission through treatment Administering detoxification protocols
  • Completing addiction-focused patient histories and physical exams
  • Determining pathophysiology, medical treatment and relapse indicators
  • Developing proficiency in medical management, interview skills, patient education and oral presentations
  • Acquiring expert knowledge of the disease of addiction, family codependency dynamics, diagnostic criteria and addiction medicine literature
  • Playing a critical role as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team

Added Expertise

Your rotations will also include several specialized treatment programs at the Betty Ford Center:
  • Day Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Treatment
  • Pain Management
  • Family Program
  • Children's Program

Program Location

  • Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California

Application Process and Deadline:

  • Apply by November 1, 2016 for the 2017 Fellowship
  • Apply by November 1, 2017 for the 2018 Fellowship

To apply, or for more information, contact:

Joseph Skrajewski, Executive Director of Medical and Professional Education
1-760-773-4375 or via email:

Follow this link for more Information about the Addiction Medicine Foundation.

Program Description:

The Betty Ford Center Addiction Medicine Fellowship is a one-year program that offers a well-rounded, diverse, rich experience focusing on patient care. It is designed to equip physicians to be specialists in addiction and will focus on clinical rotations and practical clinical experiences. The end result will be to empower physicians to be capable in addressing all aspects of addiction medicine.

The non-profit Betty Ford Center is a licensed Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospital that provides effective alcohol and other drug dependency treatment services, including programs of education and research, to help women, men and families begin the process of recovery. The educational rationale is to provide an enriching experience that provides as much exposure as possible to patients and clinical supervision. It is designed to prepare physicians for the independent practice of addiction medicine and to expose them to the wide range of career opportunities available in academics, research, clinical practice and the various addiction medicine subspecialties.

Residents will rotate on the Betty Ford Center detoxification and inpatient units, making clinical rounds with the attending physician, and they will participate in a variety of specialty groups and small group settings. They will administer detoxification protocols and assess patients from the time of admission and throughout their treatment stay. In addition, residents will complete addiction-focused history and physical exams, pathophysiology, disease concept, relapse indicators, medical treatment, diagnostic criteria, family codependency dynamics, prevention/public health policy, evidence of mastering addiction medicine literature, interview skills, oral presentations, medical management (clinical judgment), counseling skills, patient education, and ability to function as a critical part of the multidisciplinary team.

Rotations through the Betty Ford Center Residential Day Treatment (RDT) Program, Pain Management Track (PMT), Family Program, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Psychiatry experience, and Ranch Recovery Center round out this enriching experience.

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