Goals and Objectives

The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine has a goal of providing primary care physicians and physicians from the other specialties such as psychiatry, with an educational experience to assure competency in the six areas outlined by the ACGME. The program expects that these fellows will be at the level where they will be able to provide consultation to all patients in the subspecialty of addiction medicine. The program will emphasize comprehensive and evidence-based care through all areas of the program to include the clinical training found in patient care under the supervision of the Addiction Medicine Program faculty and staff to the clinical teaching and scientific inquiry encouraged by the program.

Upon completion of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship the fellow will be expected to be proficient in the following areas:

  1. Comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with substance-related health problems and SUDs along a continuum of care, including inpatient/residential, outpatient treatments, early intervention, harm reduction, and prevention.
  2. Identification and treatment of common co-occurring conditions, such as medical, psychiatric, and pain conditions.
  3. Evidence based pharmacotherapy and psychosocial interventions for SUDs across the age spectrum.
  4. Screening, brief intervention, and motivational interviewing.
  5. Work collaboratively with other providers and allied health professionals, including physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, and pharmacists to care for patients with SUDs and other substance-related disorders.
  6. Receive exposure to and gain understanding of the comprehensive, integrative, and interdisciplinary approach to pain management.
  7. Matching patient treatment needs with levels of intervention, including crisis services, hospitalization, and SUD treatment programs.
  8. Locate, appraise, and assimilate evidence from scientific studies related to their patients’ health problems.