University of Nebraska Medical Center

Addiction Medicine Executive Fellowship

The University of Nebraska Medical Center through the Division of Addiction Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry is offering a one-month educational experience in addiction medicine to interested medical professionals both in and out of graduate training.

This rotation offers:

  • experience into the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients with substance use disorders and unhealthy substance use
  • experiences involving inpatient and outpatient treatment
  • the ability to gain skills
  • learn to evaluate and manage patients
  • a series of live and web based didactics
  • insight into the neurobiology, epidemiology, and pharmacologic and psychosocial treatment of addiction.

One of the goals is to gain the education necessary to be able to prescribe buprenorphine-naloxone for the treatment of opioid use disorder and to see how that treatment works in a clinical setting. The fellowship will require 25-30 hours per week for the 4 week block. 

The following are the initial educational objectives:

1. Understand what is involved with the comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with substance-related health problems and substance use disorders along the available continuum of care to include inpatient and outpatient treatment options.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the medical model of addiction including the pharmacology of common psychoactive substances, including alcohol, nicotine, stimulants, sedative-hypnotics, opioids, inhalants, hallucinogens, and cannabinoids.

3. Understand common co-occurring conditions, both medical and psychiatric, that are present with patients with substance use disorders.

4 .Become aware of the pharmacotherapy and psychosocial interventions for substance use disorders across the age spectrum.

5. Attain the training necessary to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder.

Inpatient clinical sites:

  • Addiction Consult/Liaison service at Nebraska Medicine
  • Inpatient residential treatment center at the VA.

Outpatient experience:

  • Outpatient co-occurring addiction clinic
  • Outpatient adolescent recovery clinic
  • Intensive outpatient for patients with co-occurring disorders
  • Bay Mark/BAART opioid treatment program
  • Time with social work therapists to become familiar with psychotherapeutic interventions.

Didactics Curriculum Text Books

Text Books
  • Principles of Addiction Medicine, 5th edition, 2014 [or most recent edition after it becomes available]; Ries RK, et al, eds.
  • American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment, 5th Edition, 2015 [or most recent edition after it becomes available]; Galanter M, Kleber HG, Brady KT, eds.
  • PA Buprenorphine Waiver Training Website
MAT Waiver Training
  1. Start with the PA 8 hour MAT Waiver Training
  2. Complete the PA 16 hour MAT Waiver Training