Dear Applicants,

Our fellowship program is still up and running throughout the COVID outbreak. We have developed novel protocols for treating patients on the consult service and subspecialty addiction clinics via telehealth. Our didactics remain robust; we have faculty delivering lectures and running journal clubs audiovisually. Our faculty is on the front lines of creating policies to treat homeless and dual diagnosis patients that will be adapted statewide. We are eager to answer any questions you have about training in Addiction Medicine at Rutgers in these unprecedented times, and look forward to reading your applications.

Stay safe!

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.

Objectives for the fellowship:

  • To provide a comprehensive understanding of the nature of addiction in psychological, physiological, social, and spiritual domains.
  • To train physicians in current, evidence-based pharmacological and psychosocial therapeutic modalities of addiction treatment.
  • To provide opportunities for teaching and scholarly activity.

The application requirements for the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Fellowship in Addiction Medicine are the following: 

1. Completion of residency training in any medical field accredited by the United States Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). 
2. Buprenorphine Certification (to be completed by the start of fellowship) 
3. Curriculum Vitae 
4. Personal Statement outlining the applicant’s interest in Addiction Medicine (500-1,000 words). 
5. Three letters of recommendation (1 from the program director if within 5 years of residency); letters should be from physicians who have worked directly with the applicant and who are not personal friends.

Please email your application materials to Applications are open as of July 1, 2021 and we are interviewing on a rolling basis. We are not participating in ERAS.

Erin Zerbo, MD
Program Director 
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

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

Sherry Williams
Administrative Coordinator
Department of Psychiatry
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

For additional information regarding educational and clinical activities, please contact Dr. Zerbo at 973-972-1661 or
For administrative questions, please contact the program coordinator, Sherry Williams, at 973-972-2280 or