Addiction Psychiatry fellow speaks with a patient at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Graduate medical education in psychiatry at Mayo Clinic

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The one-year Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, provides psychiatrists with advanced training in comprehensive addictions treatment, including screening, diagnosis, behavioral therapies, pharmacotherapies, systems management, treatment planning, and consultation.

Specifically, the program enables fellows to:

  • Master the pharmacology and neuropharmacology of all the major substances of dependence, including alcohol, amphetamines, stimulants, hallucinogens, opioids, benzodiazepines, sedative hypnotics and nicotine, and acquire knowledge of signs and symptoms of use and dependence, withdrawal and overdose, as well as brain systems that subserve addictive processes
  • Understand and be able to recognize the social, psychological, medical, and psychiatric problems that frequently occur with psychoactive substance use
  • Gain knowledge in the epidemiology of, prevention of, and genetic and congenital aspects of substance use disorders
  • Develop awareness of economic and cost-effectiveness issues in providing health care services to patients with substance use disorders
  • Educate addiction fellows on healthcare disparities and diversity, and how that impacts addiction
  • Understand the theoretical underpinnings of the various psychotherapeutic modalities used in the treatment of psychoactive substance dependence


The Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


Graduates are eligible to take the addiction psychiatry subspecialty certification exam offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

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