The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), located in Bethesda, Maryland, recently accredited the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry's Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program.
There are only 27 such ABAM-accredited programs in the U.S.
“We are delighted to be recognized for our excellent work in addiction medicine, which emphasizes screening, intervention, and treatment, and makes treatment more readily available to those who need it,” said Dr. Lon Hays, chair of the Department of Psychiatry in the UK College of Medicine.
The Addiction Medicine Fellowship program at UK will help physicians understand the biopsychosocial framework for individuals with addiction, and/or substance abuse-related health conditions.
“Fellowship programs like UK's will also help ensure that trained physicians are able to prevent, recognize and treat addiction and address common medical or psychiatric conditions related to the use of addictive substances,” said Hays.
The Addiction Medicine Fellowship at UK builds on a long history of addiction research and treatment. The fellowship program provides one year subspecialty training, which is offered to physicians already trained in primary care specialties (internal medicine, family medicine pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology) and other specialties.