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Addiction Medicine Fellowship (ACGME)

Welcome to the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Addiction Medicine Fellowship

The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Addiction Medicine Fellowship began in 2017 and is  ACGME accredited. We presently offer a one-year full time clinical track. Our addiction medicine fellowship is unique in that it is nested within an integrated health care system offering tailored prevention, assessment, and treatment of substance use disorders for more than 3 million members in Kaiser Permanente Northern California Health Plans. We offer a busy, training environment with  1:1 mentorship by board certified addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry faculty working in multidisciplinary treatment teams. In addition, our fellowship has closely partnered with Alameda Health Systems Addiction Medicine Program at Highland Hospital where the fellow will be learning about and practicing hospital and community based low barrier, state of the art comprehensive care that has been and continues to lead the country in addiction treatment.   Fellows will be thus equipped to be leaders, teachers, and expert clinicians in the expanding medical specialty of Addiction Medicine.

Clinical rotation sites for the fellows at present include hospital addiction consultation services, comprehensive addiction rehab programs, bridge clinics, comprehensive outpatient programs, continuity addiction clinics and the county drug courts and other stimulating rotations. These are both within and outside of Kaiser Permanente health system.

  • Applications for fellowships beginning July 2022 must be submitted through ERAS. Submissions through ERAS begins in July 2021. 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

Mission Statement

The mission of the Northern California Kaiser Permanente Addiction Medicine Fellowship is to develop Addiction Medicine specialists who are experts in understanding, communicating, diagnosing, and treating patients with addiction. In the context of the disease model, we believe addiction must be viewed as multi-faceted as possible. We believe cultural, societal, legal, economic, medical, psychiatric, traumatic, biochemical, and neurobiological aspects of addiction need to be considered to reduce stigma, increase access, and decrease the disease burden of substance use disorders for individuals, families and within the larger society.

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

Addiction Medicine Fellowship Home Site Location:

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

Program Contacts:

Ilan Z. Remler, MD
Program Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Addiction Medicine Consultation and Liaison Service
KP – San Leandro Medical Center

Murtuza Ghadiali, MD
Associate Program Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Addiction Medicine & Recovery Services, Chief
KP – San Francisco Medical Center

Monish Ullal, MD
Assistant Program Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Associate Medical Director, Bridge Clinic
Alameda Health Systems – Highland Hospital

Carolyn D. Vincent
Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program Administrator
KP – San Leandro Medical Center

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