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Training and Education

When clinicians across the country are looking to educate and train their teams, they turn to BMC. BMC has developed numerous programs for hospital-based and community-based providers so that anyone who encounters a patient needing help with addiction can offer them appropriate care. At BMC, many training opportunities are offered.

Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program

One of the first in the nation, the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program is a 1 or 2 year fellowship. Year 1 is clinically-focused on fulfilling the requirements for board certification in addiction medicine. Year 2 is focused on mentored research projects and typically includes a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology or Health Services Research. There is also a 3-year joint Infectious Disease-Addiction Medicine program. Fellows are mentored by our multidisciplinary faculty from Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Addiction Psychiatry. The Boston University Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program is accredited by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) Foundation.

Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program

The Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program provides psychiatric physicians with advanced training in the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of addictive disorders. A well-rounded and comprehensive series of didactic presentations, as well as training at renowned Boston area tertiary care facilities, ensures that fellows graduate with a broad expertise on the history of substance use disorders, sociological aspects of addictions and public policy, and the role of mutual-support groups in addiction treatment. Required rotations take place at hospitals and treatment facilities throughout the greater Boston area, and a significant amount of time is dedicated to Public Health addiction psychiatry and medication assisted treatment with methadone and buprenorphine.

Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT)

The Immersion Training program seeks to provide faculty mentors with the scientific foundation of addiction medicine and state-of-the-art substance use (SU) diagnosis and management skills in order to facilitate integration of SU content into residency program curricula and chief resident teaching. Prior experience indicates that the education of chief residents may be more effective when they are paired with a faculty mentor; therefore the program codifies previous experience with this training modality.

Fellow Immersion Training (FIT)

FIT is a four-day intensive, immersion training that equips incoming and current clinical sub specialty fellows (e.g. Infectious Disease, Gastroenterology, Pain) with state-of-the-art skills and content to integrate addiction medicine into clinical research.  Upon completion of the training, fellows develop and carry out a research project that accounts for substance use.

Office Based Addiction and Treatment Training and Technical Assistance (OBAT TTA)

In 2007, the MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services funded BMC to lead the State Technical Assistance Treatment Expansion (STATE) OBAT Program which expanded BMC’s Nurse Care Manager OBAT model to community health centers across the Commonwealth. The program began with 14 health centers and now includes more than 40 centers and additional community providers, all of whom receive training and technical assistance from BMC. In addition to caring for more than 1,200 patients each year, 63% of those enrolled in 2013-2014 remained in treatment for more than 10 months. The program also provides buprenorphine “waiver” trainings and was recently funded by the GE Foundation to extend its reach even further.

Prescribe to Prevent

Prescribe to Prevent is an online training module that has trained over 15,000 prescribers and pharmacists in overdose prevention education and naloxone rescue kit distribution.