Addiction medicine physicians work in diverse settings, including clinical medicine, public health, education, and research; they treat patients across the lifespan with different degrees of disease severity, from those at risk to those with complicated advanced disease to those in recovery.

Our Addiction Medicine Fellowship is a one-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited (ACGME) multispecialty training program that focuses on providing care for persons with unhealthy substance use, substance use disorders, and other addictive disorders. Fellows obtain experience in the prevention, clinical evaluation, treatment, and long-term monitoring of substance-related conditions.


Our training emphasizes the management of medical, psychiatric, and social sequelae in the comprehensive care of these patients and is informed by a wide range of evidence-based interventions and spans several sites, including:

Upon successful completion, fellows will be eligible to take the Addiction Medicine Board Certification Examination offered through the American Board of Preventive Medicine. This fellowship is open to all clinical specialties that have primary certification. Why Choose Rush?

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a comprehensive and personalized model of addiction medicine that optimizes and offers the best health care for the individuals and diverse communities we serve by integrating outstanding patient care, education, research, and community partnership.

Program Aims

Consistent with the mission, the Rush Addiction Medicine Fellowship program provides care that is:

  • Safe - avoiding injuries to patients from the care intended to help them.
  • Effective - providing services based on scientific knowledge to those who would benefit and refraining from providing services to those not likely to benefit.  
  • Patient-centered - providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values and ensuring the patient values guide all clinical decisions. 
  • Equitable - providing care that does not vary in quality because of personal characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and socioeconomic status.