EDUCATION & CAREERS
Graduate Medical Education: Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Marworth Alcohol & Chemical Dependency Treatment Center, an entity of Geisinger Health System, offers a one-year Addiction Medicine Fellowship program. Accredited by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) Foundation, this unique fellowship opportunity provides a broad education experience in addiction medicine and is open to board-certified or board-eligible physicians from any specialty.
The program is designed to develop advanced expertise in addiction medicine based upon sound scientific and professional practice foundations. Though predominantly a clinical experience, the fellowship program offers a remarkable amount of one-on-one teaching time with faculty to help prepare for the certification examinations of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
The primary training method in the Addiction Medicine Fellowship program is supervised service delivery and direct contact with chemical-dependency patients in a very dynamic and active treatment facility. Supervision and oversight will be consistent with training activities to provide an intensive and advanced experience.
The selected Addiction Medicine fellow will provide inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency assessments, treatments, and consultations. There will be opportunities to provide chemical dependency counseling and appropriate psychotherapy under the direct supervision of experienced, credentialed, qualified physicians.
Fellows will typically work Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 5 pm, with call approximately every fourth night and every fourth weekend.
The first four weeks of the fellowship program will serve as an orientation period. The remainder of the one-year program will focus on:
- Understanding of addictive diseases
- Therapy techniques (individual and group)
- 12-Step Program
- Detoxification strategies
- Opioid agonist therapy
- Process addiction (gambling, sexual addiction, eating disorders)
- Psychiatry (rotation to be completed at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania)
- Special populations (uniformed service professionals, healthcare professionals, attorneys)
- Medical and legal issues
- Administrative medicine (leadership skills, health insurance concerns, malpractice issues)
- Research (to submit to a journal for consideration of publication or a conference poster session)
David J. Withers, MD
Fellowship Director, Marworth
Board Certified: Addiction Medicine
Certified by: American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Board of Addiction Medicine
Margaret Jarvis, MD
Medical Director, Marworth
Board Certified: Addiction Medicine, Addiction Psychiatry, Psychiatry
Certified by: American Board of Addiction Medicine
Dominic Vangarelli, MA, CAC
Director of Counseling Services
Steven Paolucci, MD
Chair of the Division of Psychiatry, Geisinger Health System
Board Certified: Psychiatry
How to Apply
Send curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and a one-page personal statement to:
David J. Withers, MD
Associate Medical Director
PO Box 36
Lily Lake Road
Waverly, PA 18471
Phone: (800) 442-7722, ext. 331
For more information
For more details about the Marworth Addiction Medicine Fellowship program, please visit the Geisinger Medical Education Web site at geisinger.edu/Fellowships/addiction or call 1-800-442-7722.
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