Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

MSC 09 5030
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 505-272-6203

Consultant/Liaison Service

2 half days for 6 months

This required rotation is located on the medical and surgical wards of the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center. Addiction fellows on this service see approximately two new consults in an afternoon and are responsible for

  • reviewing the history
  • interviewing the patient on the hospital ward
  • seeing and discussing the case with the attending physician
  • developing a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the medical, psychiatric and substance use disorders and needs of the patient.

Fellows are also directly involved with consulting with the team and educating trainees involved in patient care. Addiction fellows provide longitudinal care for patients remaining in the hospital for an extended period and also participate in arranging a suitable outpatient treatment program.

The most common diagnoses fellows manage are

  • delirium tremens and other less severe forms of alcohol and opioid withdrawal
  • depression in the context of substance use related to its medical complication or as a primary disorder
  • assessment of decisional capacity in patients with substance use disorders and psychosocial consequences of their addiction.
Fellows also learn to manage chronic pain co-occurring with substance abuse.