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Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

Program Director

Karen Drexler, M.D.
Atlanta VAMC
Substance Abuse Treatment Program (116A)
1670 Clairmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30033 
karen.drexler@va.gov

Assistant Program Director 

Jocelyn Cox,M.D.
Atlanta VAMC
Substance Abuse Treatment Program (116A)
1670 Clairmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30033
jocelyn.cox@va.gov

Program Coordinator

Amy Cromwell
Wesley Woods Health Center-4th Floor
1841 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
404-728-6470
acromwe@emory.edu
Level
PGY-5

Positions

3
 
Annual Stipend
$59,660 (2013-2014)
Accreditation
ACGME
 
 

Welcome to Emory's Addiction Psychiatry webpage. We are pleased that you are interested in learning about our program. Our Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program is a one-year program. The Addiction Psychiatry resident must have satisfactorily completed an ACGME-accredited General Psychiatry residency prior to entering the program. Upon completion of the 12-month residency program, and board certification in General Psychiatry, the resident will be board eligible in Addiction Psychiatry. Training in Addiction Psychiatry that occurred during the general residency training will NOT be credited toward the one-year requirement.

Residents receive direct supervision in evaluation and treatment of men and women of different ages, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds with addictions to all of the major classes of addicting substances.

Residents rotate through four clinical sites: VAMC substance abuse treatment program (8 months); Grady Memorial Hospital (2 months); a rotation at Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences (1 month) and one at Talbott Recovery Campus (1 month).

Residents receive supervised training in performing patient evaluations, managing rehabilitation and detoxification, and treating psychiatric co-morbidities. They participate in clinical supervision and formal didactic training of general psychiatry residents and medical students. Residents also follow outpatients for individual psychotherapy and medication management throughout the year.

Wednesday morning seminars cover specific reading assignments based on the topic areas covered in the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology examination and requirements of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. Didactics address neurobiology, diagnosis and treatment of all the major classes of addicting substances, pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy, and related topics including public policy, ethics, and medications development.

Our fellowship highlights include experience with:

  • Infectious Disease Program- Our Infectious Disease Program (IDP) is one of the largest, most comprehensive facilities dedicated to the treatment of advanced HIV/AIDS in the United States. The IDP integrates primary internal medicine, mental health, and Infectious Disease subspecialty care. 
  • Drug Court– DeKalb County’s Drug Court serves non-violent, felony-level offenders whose criminal behavior is driven by drug addiction. This is a highly effective, state-of-the-art drug court, through the DeKalb County Superior Court.  It is regarded as a “model program” by SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
  • Impaired Professionals Program– The Impaired Professionals Program at Talbott Recovery Campus is designed to help addicted professionals (primarily physicians and airline pilots) with alcoholism, chemical dependence, and other addicted disorders so they may return to their careers in the future. This program has earned a national reputation for the comprehensive treatment of addiction and its related medical, psychological, psychiatric, spiritual, and work-related problems. Many other professionals programs were designed using the Talbott principles.
  • Scholarship Opportunities – These opportunities include our How-to-Teach series (preparing and delivering a lecture, often resulting in a state-wide or national presentation, or a publication), a Quality Improvement Project, and participation in funded research.
  • Buprenorphine Treatment training(AAAP’s “Half and Half” course).
  • Book club and journal club.

A more detailed description of our program can be requested by calling Amy Cromwell, Program Coordinator, at 404-728-6470 or email: acromwe@emory.edu.

Our 2011-2012 class (L to R): Dr. Aflatoon, Dr. Chandora, Dr. Drexler, Ms. Cromwell, Dr. LeRoux

Addiction Psychiatry 2011-2012