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Affiliated Institutions and Rotations

Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Atlanta VAMC)

Atlanta VAMC serves over 440,000 veterans residing in metropolitan Atlanta and northern Georgia. The medical center is dedicated to providing acute medical, surgical, intermediate, and psychiatric care, and both primary and specialized outpatient services with almost all major specialties and subspecialties represented.

Atlanta VAMC is a dean’s committee, tertiary care facility comprised of 191 operating hospital beds and 100 operating nursing home care unit beds. The facility is located east of Atlanta, Georgia, on the northeast edge of Emory University’s Campus. Atlanta VAMC serves as a primary teaching hospital of the Emory University School of Medicine with a major, highly active research program.

The Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP) of the Atlanta VA Medical Center treats over 1,500 veterans each year with a variety of addictive disorders. In order of prevalence, they include nicotine dependence, alcohol dependence, cocaine dependence, cannabis dependence, opioid dependence, benzodiazepine dependence, and others. Over one-third of veterans in the SATP have co-occurring mental disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorders, other anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders.

Grady Memorial Hospital

Grady Memorial Hospital has been in the heart of downtown Atlanta for over 100 years, located approximately seven miles from the Atlanta VA Medical Center and Emory University. With 1,000 inpatient beds, Grady is a primary teaching hospital of the Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine. Grady Memorial is the primary hospital for inner city and medically indigent populations in the two largest counties of metro Atlanta. Construction of a $350 million renovation of the physical plant was completed in 1995. Total patient volume in the Emergency Care Center is approximately 100,000 patients per year.

Addiction Psychiatry Residents are required to participate in a full-time, two-month rotation at Grady. The residents split their time between:

  • Infectious Disease Program: serving HIV/AIDS patients
  • Drug Court: working with drug offenders and judicial officers in the DeKalb County Superior Court
  • Double Trouble: in-patient care for patients with severe mental illness exacerbated by substance abuse
  • Child and Adolescent Services: treating young people, and addressing issues unique to this age group, such as school issues and families

Residents work with psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers and clinical nurse specialists provide multidisciplinary clinical supervision and collaboration.

Talbott Recovery Campus

Talbott provides state-of-the art treatment programs designed to treat the whole pateint and family. Patients are provided comprehensive, individualized treatment of addiction (alcohol, drug use, and other addictive disorders) and its related medical, psychological, spiritual and work-related problems, along with a thorough immersion in the twelve step fellowships.

Residents rotate through these services at Talbott:

  • 96 Hour Assessments - pre-admission
  • Evaluations/Assessments - post admission
  • Groups
  • Outpatient Detoxiication
  • Young Adults

One of Talbott's strengths is their success at treating professionals, such as medical doctors and airline pilots.