Addiction is a brain disease that strikes nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population and stands as a leading root cause of medical illness, accidental injury and premature death. Through its Addiction Psychiatry Program, Indiana University School of Medicine is addressing the critical shortage of physicians with both psychiatric and addictions expertise.
The school’s Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship is one of fewer than 50 ACGME-accredited programs in the United States that trains psychiatrists in the neuroscience, diagnosis and treatment of patients with addictions. It is the first program in the country to publish a training textbook and practice guide for the field of addiction psychiatry—the “2 x 4 Model”—and to adopt this textbook as its curriculum guide, leading to American Board of Medical Sciences (ABMS)/ American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) certification in Addiction Psychiatry.
R. Andrew Chambers, MD, director, and Olawale Ojo, MD, assistant director