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Addiction Medicine Fellowship (ACGME)

Welcome to the Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center’s
Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Kaiser Permanente Northern California is recruiting for the fourth class of fellows for our Addiction Medicine Program that began in 2017.

The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Addiction Medicine Fellowship offers a one-year clinical track. Our addiction medicine fellowship is uniquely nested within an integrated health care system offering tailored prevention, assessment, and treatment of substance use disorders for more than 3 million members in Northern California Kaiser Permanente Health Plans. This is a busy, challenging training environment offering 1:1 mentorship by board certified addiction specialty faculty physicians working in multidisciplinary treatment teams in hospitals and clinics. Fellows will be equipped to be physician leaders, teachers, and expert clinicians in the rapidly expanding medical specialty of Addiction Medicine. The fellow begins their rotations working directly with the Fellowship Director in the Addiction Medicine Consultation/Liaison Team at the San Leandro Hospital.

This is the first year that we will accept two fellows into the program. Clinical rotation sites for the fellows are located throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and required rotations include the Kaiser Permanente multidisciplinary outpatient “Addiction Medicine Recovery Service” programs, the Kaiser Hospital Addiction Medicine Consultation/Liaison Service Team and Follow Up Clinic, an Addiction Psychiatry led hospital Psychiatry Consultation & Liaison team, a Kaiser multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Clinic and an Inpatient Residential Treatment Program. Electives include experiences in an Opioid Treatment Program, a large public hospital buprenorphine medication clinic, and the opportunity to treat patients in a Kaiser Hospital Medical Psychiatric Unit.

  • Applications for fellowships beginning July 2021 must be submitted through ERAS. Submissions through ERAS begins in July 2020. Please refer to the ERAS website for specific dates and instructions. Required application materials include:
  • Common Application Form (CAF)
  • Personal statement
  • One letter of recommendation from residency program director
  • ECFMG certification (applicable to graduates of foreign medical schools)
  • A Color Photo
  • USMLE and medical school transcripts

Journal Club
Fellows will participate in the monthly Addiction Medicine Journal Club with addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry fellows from UCSF, San Mateo, and Stanford Programs. With the assistance of the faculty, the fellow will be responsible for presenting one manuscript during the year.

Didactic Curriculum
The core curriculum includes educational lectures on assessment and treatment of patients with substance use disorders in the inpatient and outpatient setting, development of critical assessment of the literature, clinical leadership skills, and experience providing treatment in the interdisciplinary setting. To gain an understanding of the fundamentals, fellows will participate in the “Addiction Boot Camp”, with the same group of addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry fellows, in the first 6 weeks of the fellowship followed by monthly case discussions in this group. Fellowship Faculty from Kaiser Permanente offer an Addiction Medicine Board Review Course to physicians preparing for the American Board of Preventive Medicine Examination. The fellow will participate in this review course. In addition, due to the multidisciplinary approach to treatment of SUD there are daily case discussions of treatment plans for patients in every clinical setting of the fellowship.

Supervision and Mentoring
The fellow will be mentored in clinical rotations 1:1 by addiction specialist physicians, from addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry, throughout the year. She/he will meet with the Program director weekly for mentoring throughout the fellowship. The fellow will be encouraged to select a topic within addiction medicine and conduct a review of the literature with the goal of presenting a “Grand Rounds” to the Addiction Medicine physicians throughout Northern California Kaiser Permanente. The fellow will be encouraged to prepare and submit a manuscript for publication on this review topic.

Contact Information

Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center
2500 Merced St
San Leandro, CA 94577

Martha J. Wunsch MD, FAAP DFASAM
Chief, Addiction Medicine Consultation and Liaison Service
Program Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Ryan Berman, Psy.D.
Psychologist – Addiction Medicine Consultation
and Liaison Service
Site Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Ilan Z. Remler, MD
Addiction Medicine Consultation and Liaison Service
Assistant Program Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Carolyn D. Vincent
Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program Administrator
(510) 675-6719

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