The goals of the program are to provide the Addiction Fellow with the knowledge to develop the skills and competencies needed to:

  • Understand the science and emotion behind the distress of the addiction patient.
  • Appreciate and learn the art of caring for patients to relieve their suffering.
  • Know and practice the evidence based Behavioral and Pharmacological interventions.
  • Confidently embrace the professional responsibilities towards their patients, their families, the community and society.
  • Sharpen interpersonal communication skills to be more effective with patients, their families and others caring for the patient.
  • Utilize resources in the system effectively, and advocate for improvement in the system of care.
  • Value the impact that can be made with collaborative work with colleagues and other professionals in the medical field.
  • Begin the journey of lifelong learning and self-improvement as an Addiction Psychiatrist and a compassionate healer.
  • Be a leader furthering the field of addiction psychiatry.
  • Attaining a personal, spiritual and professional balance.



Regular weekly Lecture series will be provided by experts in the fields to encompass the training required to deal with common and challenging issues in addiction. Teaching will primarily focus on addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry and psychotherapy and will also introduce the fellows to the acceptable alternative and behavioral treatments available in the community.

Supervision and Mentorship

Each fellow will have the perfect balance of direct and indirect supervision and individual discussion with assigned addiction psychiatrists, therapists and experts in the field, to nurture the confidence of these early practitioners.

Research/Scholarship Opportunity

Pine Rest’s research team of experts will be available to facilitate the recommended research or scholarly project that the fellows are interested in pursuing.

Teaching opportunity

Fellows will be part of the addiction curriculum for the PGY 1 psychiatry residents and the medical students rotating through the service. They will also have opportunities to deliver lectures on different topics of interest in the community, at family medicine practices, PA training programs, and internal medicine residencies in the area.

Fellows will be caring for the full spectrum of the patient population which exists in Michigan and includes people from diverse socioeconomic, racial, religious and cultural backgrounds. A majority of the treatment population age will be adult and geriatric. Fellows will also be taking care of adolescents in the specialized units and programs. At the end of the training year, the Addiction Psychiatry Fellow will be well-prepared to sit for the specialty board examination, function independently and to enter practice without supervision as an addiction psychiatrist.

Our hope is to train our fellows so that they enjoy a successful and meaningful career.