Addiction Psychiatry Training Program

Addiction Psychiatry Training Program

Erika Ruth, M.D.

Program Director

In the UofL Department of Psychiatry, we are proud to offer training in addiction psychiatry. The growing epidemic of addiction will only increase the demand for clinicians with training and experience in the latest approaches to this complex problem. I strongly encourage residents completing their general psychiatry residency to consider added training in this area, whether you are planning for a career in the academic or private setting. The program provides a broad spectrum of sites and treatment experience, enabling addiction psychiatry residents to become proficient in:

  • -substance abuse disorders; differential diagnoses; symptoms of intoxication, withdrawal, and overdose and its management
  • -the epidemiology and prevention of substance use disorders as influenced by social, cultural, genetic, economic, and pharmacological factors, including special populations
  • -therapeutic modalities commonly used to treat substance use disorders including group, couples, family, insight oriented and cognitive therapies, as well as 12 step facilitation and pharmacotherapy
  • -current research interest in addiction psychiatry, and the conceptualization of a research project

The addiction fellowship offers a variety of clinical opportunities. Sites include inpatient and residential treatment at the Veterans Administration medical Center and Central State Hospital. In addition, fellows gain experience at a traditional community treatment facility that provides for the inpatient and outpatient treatment of addiction. The didactic curriculum includes seminars and conferences from faculty with expertise in addiction, journal clubs, Grand Rounds, and case conferences.

Applications and inquiries for the Addiction Psychiatry Training Program:

University of Louisville

Department of Psychiatry
401 E Chestnut Street, Ste. 610
Attn: Fellowship Program Coordinator
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone:  (502) 588-4424
Fax:  (502) 588-4427
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