Addiction Medicine Program Director Welcome
Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Program
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
collaborative fellowship model with various community partners, allowing
us to provide a broad-spectrum community-based training foundation for
new Addiction Medicine specialists.
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. Reflecting our HCA mission and together with our partners,
we are committed to train exceptional, knowledgeable, caring addiction
medicine physicians to provide comprehensive, compassionate and evidence-based
care to our patients, their families and our communities impacted by the
diseases of addiction in a collaborative, innovative environment as we
“learn through caring… with our patient as our first teacher.”
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,
released in 2016, Nevada ranked 13th in opioid prescribing rates with 80.7 prescriptions per 100 residents;
five years earlier, that rate was over 100. Although the number of providers
who are Data 2000 waivered to prescribe buprenorphine has nearly tripled
since that time, the need is far greater than the trained and willing
providers who are available.
Clearly, it is time for change!
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.
Training occurs across multiple settings, from the Sunrise Health acute
care hospitals and psychiatric inpatient service, 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 addiction-related care.
The program will provide well-rounded educational and clinical training
in the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of individuals
with the disease of addiction, substance use related health conditions,
and those who are exhibiting an unhealthy use of substances including
nicotine, alcohol, prescription medications as well as other legal and
We are currently accepting applications for our inaugural fellowship class for 2020-2021.
The goal of the program is to train the next generation of leaders to advance
evidence-based clinical care and academic understanding of addiction by
striving for continuous enrichment of the training experience. The program
will prepare trainees for clinical and academic leadership in Addiction
Medicine and for the certification examination.
The fellowship program is designed to provide a 12 month intensive academic
and clinical experience for applicants who are board certified or board
eligible in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal
Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, or Psychiatry.