Alumni & Past Fellows
2020-21 Addiction Medicine Fellows
Melissa Cheng, MD
Megan McCarren, MD
2019-20 Addiction Medicine Fellows
David Crabtree, MD
What are you doing for work now? Currently working for Kaiser, outpatient addiction medicine, seeing a wide range of substance use disorders but mostly alcohol and opioids.
Why did you decide to do an ADM fellowship? I wanted to be trained to evaluate and treat patients with addiction.
How did your ADM fellowship prepare you for your current work? I feel fully prepared and able to do my job.
How was the fellowship helpful in meeting your goals? I particularly liked having experienced attendings and enjoyed soaking up as much as I could from them.
Who have you been able to help or influence with your ADM knowledge? Patients of course, but also other providers and the Kaiser system as a whole.
What did you learn that you never realized you didn't know? The serious inadequacy of addiction education in medical training at all levels.
What makes the ADM field special for you? I feel pretty strongly that addiction medicine is really MY specialty and hope to use it to have the most satisfying and rewarding career, but also to use my education and training to help patients.
What else are you doing? I've started having family med residents in my clinic.
Kyle Moore, DO
I am currently working at St. Peter’s Health in Helena, Montana. I split my time between outpatient family medicine and addiction medicine. As the director of addiction medicine, I have administrative and clinical duties related to establishing addiction care in our community.
My fellowship year in addiction medicine at the University of Utah gave me the exposure, the skills, and the confidence that I need to fulfill my goals of increasing access to addiction medicine, improving treatment outcomes, and successful collaboration of addiction medicine with multiple specialties.
I gained skills I didn’t know I was missing. I considered the technique of motivational interviewing to be one of my strengths. However, with some specific conferences, workshops, training, and the examples of faculty members such as Dr. Travis Lajoie, my understanding and application resulted in patient improvement. I developed because I had ample opportunities and fantastic coaching.
Furthermore, I didn’t get the opportunity to manage complicated detox outside of alcohol in residency. In fellowship, I managed withdrawal from stimulants, opioids, benzodiazepines, kratom, and complex alcohol withdrawal.
Being a fellowshipped trained addiction specialist has already provided many opportunities to collaborate with others and clarify misconceptions about addiction. I love caring for individuals with addiction because it influences so many other lives. Addiction is the underlying problem of so many other chronic disease states. I feel like I make a true difference.