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Addictive Medicine:

Students will work closely with the staff physicians and support staff in the evaluation, treatment and management of patients with addictions. They will take part in individual and group therapy, as appropriate with the staff physicians. Students are expected to complete the assigned reading on addictions and attend at least one open Al Anon meeting, one open Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and one open Narcotics Anonymous meeting. They must turn in a summary reflection of at least one of these meetings to the preceptor on the last week of the elective rotation. The daily schedule is flexible and will be arranged with the preceptor. There is no weekend call on this rotation. Students are expected to be available during working hours.

Students will be supervised by a variety of faculty with certification and expertise in Addiction Medicine, Addiction Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Substance Abuse Counseling, Social Work, Clinical Therapy, and Medication-Assisted Treatment. Clinical experiences vary with site and include: Continuity practice at the KP Los Angeles Medical Center’s Department of Addiction Medicine Clinic; hospital consultation on patients in acute withdrawal at KP Los Angeles Medical Center; Emergency Department and hospital consultation on addiction patients with predominantly psychiatric comorbidities at KP LAMC; Students will have direct involvement at Inspire Malibu Treatment Center, working with a private practice addiction specialist physician and a multi-disciplinary team in both inpatient and outpatient clinical care, and individual and group therapy. Students will gain knowledge in the following: medical management of acute withdrawal syndromes; medication-assisted treatment of substance use disorders (including naltrexone, acamprosate, and disulfiram for alcohol dependence, buprenorphine and methadone for opioid dependence, injectable naltrexone for opioid dependence and for alcohol dependence); and group-based, recovery-oriented cognitive behavioral therapy approaches to substance use disorders and relapse prevention.

Year 4 students interested in taking the elective can add yourself to the waitlist on MedOASIS.

International Electives

Students have the option of completing an international research or clinical elective for academic credit during their third or fourth year of medical school. It is strongly recommended that you not complete an elective abroad until after you have completed all of your required third-year rotations. Please see the following website to receive update information. If you have additional questions feel free to contact Janella Godoy.