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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!

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. 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 illicit drugs.

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.