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Mission Statement and Aims

Mission

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program's mission is to provide substantial clinical experience in all phases of recovery from addictive disorders across a variety of settings (academic, acute inpatient care, residential care, intensive outpatient care, office-based care, emergency care, and community care) and health-care systems.

Program aims

The program aims for the fellows are as follows:

  • Expert evaluation and management of both common and less common addictive disorders.
  • Competent and effective consultations for non-specialist and non-psychiatry providers.
  • Comfort using and citing primary sources for delivery of evidence-based care.
  • Education of learners at various levels of training, including 3rd and 4th year Geisel medical students, DHMC and UVM psychiatry residents, internal medicine residents, pain medicine fellows, headache/neurology fellows, social work interns, psychology interns, and nursing students.
  • Achieving competence at delivery of medication-assisted therapy including methadone at opioid treatment centers, office-based buprenorphine treatment, monthly injectable treatment including naltrexone and buprenorphine, and medications for treatment of alcohol use disorder.
  • Managing withdrawal of addictive substances with both pharmacological and non-pharmacological support.
  • Developing competence and confidence at diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
  • Delivering evidence-based group therapy. Leading a multi-disciplinary team of providers in delivery of addiction services.
  • Engaging in scholarly projects in coordination with the program director and appropriate faculty mentors.
  • Developing confidence and competence in meeting the needs of adolescents with addictive disorders and co-occurring psychiatric illness.
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