FIT Program Curriculum

The curriculum prepares fellows to incorporate addiction science into their research by covering advances in the field of clinical addiction research through didactic presentations, case-based discussions, small group workshops, visits to a 12-step program, and small group meetings with individuals that have lived experience.

Group workshops and individual meetings with expert addiction faculty will support development of specific research interests.

The curriculum includes the following:

Research Training

  • Review of clinically relevant addiction medicine research
  • Development of a detailed research action plan┬áthat integrates addiction science with your subspecialty focus
  • A critical and evidence-based approach to research questions
  • Exploration of research opportunities that incorporate addiction medicine

Addiction Science

  • Epidemiology and neurobiology
  • Pharmacology of drugs and alcohol
  • Substance-related health conditions
  • Impact of drugs on racially and ethnically minoritized populations

Clinical Practice

  • Screening, assessment, and brief intervention
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Treatment approaches (e.g., pharmacotherapy)
  • Relapse prevention
  • Pain management in patients with a substance use disorder
  • Safer opioid prescribing for pain
  • Optimizing safety in people who use substances
  • Overdose education and naloxone distribution
  • Criminal justice involvement and health impacts

Other Training Components

Research Action Plan:

Fellows will meet one-on-one with course faculty and in group workshops throughout the program to develop a research action plan that will be implemented in the next year.

Educational Materials and Resources:

Participants receive valuable resources, including slide presentations, up-to-date reference materials, access to FIT faculty after the training, and a subscription to, which contains summaries of the most current substance use research.