Program Curriculum

The addiction medicine summer program includes a research, clinical, and education component:


The student will be the Research Associate for a research project.
The first week of the internship an orientation to research methods will be conducted by the Internship Director and will include the NIH Certification on Human Subjects Protection.


The student will have weekly opportunities to shadow physicians and other expert care providers in various addiction treatment/services settings including:
• Methadone maintenance clinic
• Primary care-based opioid treatment program with buprenorphine
• HIV clinic-based substance abuse treatment program
• Needle exchange program
• Hospital wide screening and brief intervention counseling program


Students will participate in four 75 minute didactic/case presentations about addiction medicine over the internship. Potential topics:
• office based opioid treatment with buprenorphine
• methadone maintenance 101
• substance abuse, HIV, and HCV
• substance abuse and intimate partner violence
• chronic pain and substance abuse
• chronic disease management of substance user
• Substance abuse and comorbid mental illness