Mission Statement and Aims
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.
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.