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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:
Karran Phillips, MD, MSc

Rotation Description
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) offers qualified students a four-week clinical research elective in Addiction Medicine/Psychiatry at its Baltimore, Maryland site. The elective includes clinical time in the Archway Clinic, an outpatient buprenorphine treatment program. Additional clinical exposure opportunities will include involvement in screening history and physicals, MRI and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) activities, psychosocial testing, and clinical monitoring and biological specimen testing through Clinical Core Services. Medical Students may also engage in addiction clinical research protocols by working with participants in study sessions involving biological sampling 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 in the field of addiction.

The student is expected to be an integral part of the NIDA Intramural Research clinical program. Students will attend to their scheduled clinical duties (Monday-Friday), be present at lectures, and avail themselves of the outstanding electronic/library resources available at NIH to review existing literature pertinent to the biopsychosocial and clinical issues of our patients. There is no required evening or weekend duty. All students will be asked to give a 30-minute presentation on a relevant clinical issue at Clinical Rounds once during their elective. At the end of the rotation, 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

  • Osama Abulseoud, MD
  • John Hubbard, PA-C
  • Michelle Leff, MD, MBA
  • Kathy Lightfoot, PA-C
  • Karran Phillips, MD, MSc
  • Betty Jo Salmeron, MD
  • Khaled Moussawi, MD
  • Edith Vargo, MD

For more information, visit NIDA's webpage.

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This page last updated on 05/21/2021

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