Addiction Center Training Programs

One major component of the Addiction Center's mission is to educate and train future generations of medical scientists and medical scientists/clinicians, who will in turn be able to educate, treat, and carry out the next generation of research in this area.

To implement this mission, the Addiction Center provides exposure to and experience in the understanding and treatment of the broad spectrum of drug disorders. Activities involve formal teaching by Program faculty and staff, clinical work, primarily at U-M Addiction Treatment Services and in the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, and research training for post-doctoral fellows from the United States and Central and the Ukraine.

Formal Research Training and Clinical Training Programs

Teaching Activities

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Level

Medical education lecture sequences taught by Program faculty include the M2 Neuroscience Sequence on Substance Abuse, the M3 clinical rotation in addiction medicine, and a number of M4 Electives including Addiction Psychiatry, Health Services Research, and Multiculturalism and Addiction. In addition, Program faculty supervise the PGY I clinical rotation on Addiction Psychiatry and a PGY II rotation on Addiction Training of Family Medicine residents Program members also take part in a wide variety of teaching activities across the University.

Undergraduate Level

Psychology 305 and 326 is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters as an ongoing research laboratory in psychopathology in the Department of Psychology. These courses expose students to the spectrum of substance abuse research and consist of a seminar and coursework, along with 7.5 hours per week in an addiction research laboratory, where students gain research assistant experience. These courses allow students to make more focused career decisions, and also serve as an identifier for post-graduation, permanent research assistant positions and programs. These courses also have the potential to recruit students on a medical career track into the substance abuse specialty. Although not all participants go on to substance abuse research careers, the program has served a public education function to hundreds of individuals who go on to careers in medicine, public health, law, and other helping professions. Because of the caliber of the student body, many participants can be expected to go on to leadership positions in their fields.

Other Educational Activities

Addiction Day

The Program also runs an annual Addiction Day, for future addiction psychiatry residents. This activity, led by Dr. Edward Jouney, is attended by psychiatry residents and other substance abuse professionals from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Henry Ford Hospital, and the University of Toledo.

MacDonell Lectureship

The MacDonell Lectureship is an annual, day-long, endowed lectureship and workshop in which research updates and evidence-based practice seminars are held. This program, hosted by the U-M Addiction Center, regularly draws more than 100 attendees.

Program Meetings and Seminars

Smaller scale educational activities include monthly Program meetings in which outside speakers, as well as in-house faculty update colleagues on their research. Research seminars are also regularly scheduled to give Program members the opportunity to practice conference presentations and to allow trainees to present potential job talks in front of an engaged and interactive audience.