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Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

Program Director

  Ayman Fareed,M.D.
  Veterans Affairs
  1670 Clairmont Road
  Atlanta, GA 30033




Annual Stipend
$65,586 (2016-2017)

It is my pleasure to introduce our mission for preparing the future leaders in the field of addiction psychiatry. The Emory addiction psychiatry residency program is a comprehensive program that meets all the needs for each resident. Our vision is to prepare our fellows not just to be excellent clinicians but also to excel in teaching, administration and to gain knowledge about academia and clinical research. Our program covers all the essentials for evidence based clinical practice.

In the Evaluation, Stabilization and Placement (ESP) substance abuse outpatient assessment clinic, substance abuse consultation liaison service and the medication assisted treatment program at the Atlanta VA, addiction fellows are supervised on how to do a full assessment for patients with substance abuse disorders. They learn how to screen for signs and symptoms of drug withdrawal using standardized scales like Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) for opiate withdrawal and Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment (CIWA) for alcohol withdrawal. They learn about the psychopharmacological intervention and detoxification of alcohol, opiate and other substances. They learn the criteria for outpatient detoxification versus inpatient detoxification. The fellows are supervised for initiating treatment and following up patients until they reach medical stability where the patient can enter the next phase of treatment. They coordinate the referral of those patients to various rehabilitation programs including intensive outpatient and residential treatment based on criteria set by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). The trainees develop a full sense of independence and competence to perform substance abuse assessments and develop initial treatment plans by the end of the rotation. In the substance abuse intensive outpatient rehabilitation program (IOP) at the Atlanta VA, the fellows work with a team of psychologists, socials workers, nurses, addiction therapist and an attending addiction certified psychiatrist. The fellows learn how to work with a multidisciplinary team to deliver evidence based treatment in groups and individual settings. They get the opportunity to monitor the progress of each patient during a 28-day treatment program. Though 28-day is a standard IOP, our university model-IOP offer individualized length of treatment stay to meet patients’ needs based on their progress. They also follow up with patients in the aftercare program to ensure continuity of care beyond the intensive phase. The fellows receive supervision on different modalities of evidence based psychotherapeutic interventions though out their fellowship. The fellows also rotate at Grady hospital and the drug court where they learn about treatment of substance use disorders in the community and the legal system. Rotating through the Talbot Recovery Center gives our fellows a unique experience to learn about private models of substance abuse treatment including the impaired professionals program. While the clinical exposure is very valuable for the trainees, they are expected to learn and understand the foundation of and literature on pertinent evidence based treatments that they use during their rotations in those clinics. Most of the protocols we use in clinics, as well as the counseling we offer in our programs, are evidence based. The trainees are encouraged to participate in academic projects under supervision and some trainees were able to publish several articles during their fellowship training. Trainees have the opportunity to participate in the design of performance improvement projects. They learn how to write manuscripts and submit them for publications if interested. Each fellow is expected to develop an academic project under supervision which will lead to a local or national presentation.  

The strength of our program is related to our dedicated faculty. All our faculty are excellent teachers and we all support the mission of preparing our graduates to be the future leaders in the field of addiction psychiatry.

Ayman Fareed, MD
Program Director, Addiction Psychiatry Residency Training
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine

A more detailed description of our program can be requested by emailing Dr. Ayman Fareed at

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