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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Addiction Medicine Residencies, Finally

Addiction medicine has fast become a very important part of health care across the globe and those who are educated in the field are needed today more than ever. On July 1, 2011, a group of medical residents will be the first ever to start training in 10 newly accredited addiction medicine residencies around the country accredited by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) Foundation, will signal a new era in addiction medicine, says ABAM Foundation President Kevin Kunz, MD.

“The average primary care physician sees many patients with addictive disorders, but they often don’t have anyone to consult with or refer to in order to help these patients,” Dr. Kunz said. “The residencies will produce physicians with full training in addiction medicine to help with the care of these patients. Physicians who graduate from these residencies will be a vital component of the multidisciplinary teams that treat addictive disorders.”

Last year we saw many changes in health care that will allow people formerly unable to receive coverage rendered insurable. Demand for addiction treatment will grow as more Americans become insured under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law in 2010, according to Dr. Kunz.

The program will begin with approximately 25 students. Kunz believes that the ABAM Foundation will accredit an additional 10 residencies in 2012.

The following addiction medicine residency training programs will be training residents under ABAM Foundation accreditation starting this July:

  • Boston University Medical Center Addiction Medicine Residency, Boston University Medical Center
    Boston, MA
  • Geisinger Addiction Medicine Residency at Marworth, Geisinger Health System, Marworth Treatment Center
    Waverly, PA

  • Addiction Institute of New York Fellowship in Addiction Medicine, The St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals
    New York, NY



  • University at Buffalo Addiction Medicine Fellowship, University at Buffalo School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
    Buffalo, NY



  • University of Florida Addiction Medicine Program, University of Florida College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
    Gainesville, FL



  • University of Hawaii Addiction Medicine Training Program, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
    Honolulu, HI



  • Cincinnati Addiction Medicine Fellowship, University Hospital, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, VA Medical Center
    Cincinnati, OH



  • University of Maryland-Sheppard Pratt Training Program, University of Maryland Medical System, Sheppard Pratt
    Baltimore, MD



  • Minnesota Addiction Medicine Residency Program: UM-HCMC-VA, University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Psychiatry
    Minneapolis, MN



  • University of Wisconsin Program, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Center for Addictive Disorders
    Madison, WI


Source: JoinTogether

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