Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program

The Addiction Medicine Fellowship at Rush University Medical Center is a one-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited (ACGME) multispecialty training program that focuses on the provision of care for persons with unhealthy substance use, substance use disorders and other addictive disorders. Our addiction medicine fellowship provides fellows with experience in the prevention, clinical evaluation, treatment and long-term monitoring of substance related disorders. The 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. Our training spans several sites including:

  • Rush University Medical Center-Illinois Medical District
  • Heartland Alliance Health Center

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

Upon successful completion of the program graduates will be eligible to test for the ABMS subspecialty board certification in addiction medicine. This fellowship is open to all clinical specialties that have primary certification (internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, general surgery, neurology, and others).

How to apply
Rush University recruits two fellows per year for the Addiction Medicine Fellowship. 
  • You must have completed your internship and at least two years of general residency in an ACGME - accredited program or in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited program.
  • You may apply to the Addiction Medicine Fellowship after July of your PGY4 for acceptance into our program for the follow year.
  • For an international graduate, verification of Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification.
Application Submission
Please submit the following materials:
  •  Primary board certification
  •  Personal Statement
  •  Medical school transcript
  •  Program Director letter of recommendation with the attestation form that includes status of your clinical skills verification examinations
  •  U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or COMLEX I, II, and III results
  •  Curriculum Vitae
  •  Three letters of reference
  •  Licensure verification
  •  International graduates: Please include documentation of successful completion of the language skills exam (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates Certificate)
  •  Include your picture.
All materials for the application should be submitted as PDFs. Please send application materials to:
Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program
Gail Basch, MD, FASAM
Director, Rush Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program
Rush University Medical Center
2150 West Harrison St. Suite 229
Chicago, IL 60612


Interview Process
We will begin reviewing and screening application files as soon as they are completed and begin offering interviews in late August. We will be interviewing on Fridays in October and November. If you receive an invitation to interview, please reply as soon as possible to arrange an interview date since the days can fill quickly.
For more information on the application process, email Vicki Nelson, fellowship coordinator, or call (312) 942-2185. For any other questions, please email Gail Basch, MD, FASAM, program director, or call (312) 942-2185.
Admissions Contact

Vicki Nelson
Addiction Medicine Fellowship Coordinator
2150 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
PH. (312) 942-2185

Fellowship Director

Gail Basch, MD, FASAM
Director, Rush Addiction Medicine Program
2150 W. Harrison St., #229
Chicago, IL 60612