Addiction Medicine Curriculum Guide


  • Clinical Experience — at least 9 months
    • Inpatient: At least 3 months
    • Outpatient: At least 3 months
    • Continuity Panel: At least ½ day per week for year (excluding vacation; cumulative total is approximately 1.2 months)
    • Clinical Electives: variable, depending on length of required rotations (total clinical experience must be at least 9 months; total electives and scholarly activity may not exceed 3 months)
  • Didactic
    • At least ½ day per week for year (excluding vacation)
  • Electives and Scholarly Activity: No more than 3 months


  • For scheduling purposes, Continuity Panel and Didactics may occur within the required clinical rotations.
  • Time in Didactics should not be counted toward meeting the 3-month minimum requirement for inpatient and outpatient rotations.
  • Time in Continuity Panel may be counted toward meeting the 3-month minimum requirement. If this is done, plan carefully in order to meet the requirement for at least 9 months of total clinical experience without exceeding the 3-month maximum for electives.

The curriculum for Addiction Medicine fellowship training is based on the following documents:

  • ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Addiction Medicine (effective February 5, 2018)
  • Compendium of Educational Objectives for Addiction Medicine Residency Training
  • Core Competencies for Addiction Medicine
  • Scope of Practice

Related materials:

  • Addiction Medicine Competencies (listing of the addiction-specific competencies contained in the ACGME Program Requirements)
  • Educational Objectives – Excerpt grid (“must have” items excerpted from the full Compendium of Educational Objectives)
  • The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine (table of contents)



Addiction Medicine Fellowship Curricula (selected examples)