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Clinical Electives Program: Addiction Medicine

Four-Week Sessions.

NOTE: This rotation is offered in Baltimore, MD.

Prerequisite: Completion of third-year medical school clerkships

Rotation Coordinator:
Kathy Lightfoot, PA-C

Rotation Description

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Intramural Research Program (IRP) offers qualified students a four-week clinical research elective in Addiction Medicine/Psychiatry at its Bayview campus in Baltimore, Maryland. This elective includes clinical exposure opportunities involvement in screening history and physicals, translational experimental medicine procedures and studies, magnetic resonance imaging and brain neuromodulation activities, behavioral evaluations and psychosocial testing, clinical monitoring and biological specimen testing, and other medical and clinical research activities. Medical Students may also engage in addiction clinical research protocols by working with participants in study sessions involving biological sampling, pharmacological and/or behavioral experiments, and psychosocial tasks. Opportunities also exist for selected students to engage in a small research project involving a secondary data analysis of existing addiction research data mentored by clinicians and researchers at the NIDA IRP.

The student is expected to be an integral part of the NIDA IRP, including participation to multi-disciplinary clinical rounds, addiction grand rounds, and others educational, teaching, clinical, and research activities. Students will also avail themselves of the outstanding electronic/library resources available at NIH to review existing literature related to scientific and medical aspects pertinent to their elective. All students will be asked to give a presentation on a relevant clinical issue during their elective. At the end of the elective, students will be given the opportunity to evaluate the elective as well as receive constructive feedback on their performance.

Rotation Objectives

  • Gain clinical experience in providing addiction treatment in a clinical research setting
  • Master an effective non-judgmental approach to risk assessment and risk reduction counseling
  • Effectively communicate medical information to patients and the medical and research teams
  • Develop a basic understanding of the neuroscience of addiction and the biopsychosocial approach to its treatment

Selection of Applicants
This elective rotation can accommodate one student per quarter except for the summer months (June, July, August).

Attending Staff

  • Christi Blake, PA, MHS, MLS
  • Jean Lud Cadet, MD
  • Lisa Farinelli, PhD, MBA, RN
  • Marianne Garrett, PA-C
  • John Hubbard, PA-C
  • Lorenzo Leggio, MD, PhD
  • Kathy Lightfoot, PA-C
  • Karran Phillips, MD, MSc
  • Betty Jo Salmeron, MD
  • Stephanie Weiss, MD, PhD

For more information, visit NIDA's webpage.

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This page last updated on 11/03/2022

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