Fellowship in Addiction Medicine

The Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Fellowship in Addiction Medicine is a one-year program that offers qualified physicians the unique opportunity to train in the evaluation and treatment of patients with substance use disorders, behavioral addictions, and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Fellows are required to hold a valid New Jersey medical license and to have completed an accredited residency training program in any medical field in the United States or Canada. Graduates of the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Fellowship in Addiction Medicine will be eligible to sit for the American Board of Preventive Medicine certification examination in Addiction Medicine.

Addiction Medicine fellows will rotate on clinical services at University Hospital in Newark, the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (East Orange and Lyons campuses), and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (Newark and New Brunswick campuses). They will study motivational interviewing, behavior modification techniques, 12-step facilitation, and psychopharmacology specifically designed for this patient population. Our program has an especially diverse and collaborative addiction faculty, with supervising attendings in the departments of Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Anesthesiology. There are also opportunities for additional study in Medical Toxicology. Fellows will have access to the entire range of Rutgers teaching, clinical, and research services.

In addition to the above teaching sites, Rutgers NJMS has been designated by the state as the Northern NJ Center of Excellence in Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). We are developing a new ED-Bridge clinic to help with rapid induction of MAT and we are creating a novel peer navigator system to improve retention in care. We will also serve as a hub for MAT providers across northern NJ by staffing a “MAT provider hotline" for questions and hosting twice-monthly learning collaboratives. Fellows will be incorporated into Center of Excellence activities throughout the year.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to provide a rigorous, academic fellowship focused on the delivery of evidence-based care for patients using substances across a wide variety of clinical settings. As a part of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, we provide patient-centered education, opportunities for scholarly activity, innovative clinical care, and collaborative relationships with the larger community in which we work.

Program Aims:

1. To recruit a diverse and inclusive workforce of fellows, faculty and staff, including individuals with lived experience, in order to serve our diverse patient population. 
2. To provide a healthy and safe working environment that promotes fellow wellbeing and allows sufficient time for rest while remaining academically rigorous. 
3. To provide a robust didactic curriculum with exposure to a large breadth and depth of topics in addiction medicine.
4. To encourage scholarly activity and to grow each fellow's acumen as a teacher and an adult learner. 
5. To train our fellows to deliver high-quality, evidence-based care for patients with substance use disorders, especially those patients who have deficits in their social determinants of health.


Emily Gordon, MD
Program Director
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Jahki Harrison
Program Coordinator, 
COE Program Assistant
Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers 
New Jersey Medical School

Aitzaz Munir, MD
Assistant Program Director
Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

For additional information regarding educational and clinical activities, please contact Dr. Gordon at gordonea@njms.rutgers.edu

For administrative questions, please contact the Program Coordinator, Jahki Harrison, at (973) 972-9374 or jh932@njms.rutgers.edu.