The Addiction Medicine Fellowship is a one-year program is based in Cooper University Health Care, an academic tertiary care center located in Camden, New Jersey. As a tertiary care center located in downtown Camden, Cooper sees the sequelae of substance use daily. Unfortunately, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment has historically been sequestered outside the mainstream healthcare system, and health professionals have not adequately been trained to appropriately care for patients with substance use and mental health disorders. To address the lack of evidence-based SUD treatment in the state and to integrate standard of care for SUDs into a university healthcare setting, the Cooper Addiction Medicine Division was established in 2015. Four years later, our ACGME accredited fellowship was started to train physicians to provide compassionate, evidenced-based medical care and comprehensive addiction treatment services for patients with substance use disorders and chemical dependency throughout the continuum of inpatient, outpatient, and chronic care settings. The fellowship will strengthen the philosophy of compassionate care for patients with substance use and continue to infuse evidence based practices throughout our healthcare system.
Our addiction medicine fellowship-trained physicians will implement standards driven by national guidelines and evidence-based medicine, while continually working to educate staff, the community, patients, and their families to decrease stigma and improve access to care for patients. Our fellowship trained physicians will continue to progress the field of addiction medicine through research, education, and advocacy. The program aims to create well-rounded Addiction Medicine physicians who will become leaders in the community and in the health systems that they practice.