Wake Forest Addiction Medicine Fellow is a two-year multisite, multidisciplinary program to provide a diverse, thorough and rigorous educational experience so our physician fellows become leaders in clinical addiction services and research.  Wake Forest University School of Medicine has two longstanding (approximately 25 continuous years) clinician-scientist training grants (T32) that support graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the pursuit of substance use and addiction research. 

Addiction Medicine fellows will join Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialists (PhD and MS), professional counselors, Certified Peer Support Specialists and Wake Forest University Addiction Research and Clinical Health graduate students (WF ARCH) as key members of the Wake Forest Treatment Research Addiction Integrated Network. Fellows will have a rich, in-depth exposure to clinical, didactic and research training in Addiction Medicine and will work on interdisciplinary teams in residential, outpatient and hospital inpatient settings (Burn ICU, Level I Trauma Center and medical units) to provide efficient, effective, individualized guideline-based care. As new fellows, they will help build, implement, lead and teach evidence-based treatment strategies in our health system and the communities we serve. Our fellows will interact with a diverse number of interprofessional teams dedicated to prevent, evaluate, treat and monitor persons with substance use disorders and/or co-morbid psychiatric/medical/surgical problems. Moreover, researchers in the NIH-funded basic, preclinical and population/public health science programs welcome clinician participation in their courses and will work with fellowship faculty to develop new courses for both audiences (e.g., Translational Addiction Journal Club). Fellows will have three mentors; one clinician, one MD or PhD researcher and one senior health system leader. They will conduct at least one quality-improvement project and submit one or more manuscripts for publication. 

Why Train at Wake Forest?

Our health system includes five hospitals and an extensive network of outpatient clinics. It is the only academic medical center in northwestern North Carolina and cares for persons of all ages, races and socioeconomic and educational backgrounds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, N.C. and the population we serve have among the highest opioid use disorder and overdose rates and health disparities in the U.S.

News and Announcements

Stephanie Weiss, MD, PhD, was recently selected for Boston University’s two-year Research in Addiction Medicine Scholars (RAMS) Program, an initiative funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Stephanie will investigate the accuracy of urine drug screen tests pertaining to various substances with her recent American Academy of Clinical Toxicology award as a junior investigator.

RAMS works to foster expansion of addiction research by physicians from accredited addiction medicine fellowship programs with a primary objective of providing evidence-based care for those with and at-risk for substance use disorders. Laura Veach, PhD, LCAS, Professor of General Surgery, will be her faculty mentor in the RAMS program.