Addiction Medicine Program Director Welcome
Program Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Welcome to our new ACGME-accredited Addiction Medicine Fellowship - the
first in Nevada! Based at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center as part of the HCA
Healthcare Sunrise Health GME consortium, we are delighted to launch our
1-year multi-disciplinary fellowship model with various community partners,
allowing us to provide a broad-spectrum, evidence-based and community-focused
training foundation for new Addiction Medicine specialists. Research and
scholarly activity are integrated throughout the fellowship.
We are currently accepting applications through ERAS
for our inaugural fellowship class for 2021-2022.
We welcome applicants who are Part of the Solution and are passionate about
our HCA mission - simply stated,
“Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of
human life,” and how that applies to caring for individuals and families with substance
use disorders. “Addiction doesn’t just affect one person,
it ripples through families and our entire community. It is time we as
healthcare professionals do what we can to stop this crisis,” Alexis
Mussi, Chief Executive Officer of Southern Hills Hospital said. “This
addiction medicine fellowship is a step in the right direction to helping
those who need it.”
Reflecting our HCA mission and together with our partners, our
Addiction Medicine Fellowship prepares compassionate and competent graduate physicians for clinical
and academic careers in Addiction Medicine, utilizing evidence-based addiction
prevention and treatment services for all patients, families and communities
– as clinicians, educators and patient- and community-advocates
to address diseases of addiction in a collaborative, innovative environment.
Nevada ranks 48th in the US for access to primary care physicians and 50th in the US for access to psychiatrists. Similarly, access to care for those with substance use disorders is quite
limited. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdose deaths
continue to rise in our country, and in 2017 alone, 70,237 people died
from a drug
overdose, primarily from opioids. According to the Nevada Opioid Crisis Needs Assessment,
Nevada ranked 13th in opioid prescribing rates (2016).
Clearly, it is time for change!
Our Addiction Medicine Fellowship provides training across multiple settings,
from the Sunrise Health acute care hospitals and psychiatric inpatient
services, to community-based addiction treatment centers, the Veterans
Administration services and our federally qualified health center (FQHC)
partner – Nevada Health Centers for continuity primary care and