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Message From the Director


You are making a wise choice to pursue Addiction Medicine or Addiction Psychiatry fellowship training. Addiction Medicine and Addiction Psychiatry are dynamic and fascinating. You will learn more than you ever anticipated. 

Why should you consider training with us?

  • We have a large, diverse, multispecialty faculty of addiction specialists from the Departments of Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Family Medicine, Obstetrics-Gynecology and Emergency Medicine at the University of Utah, the Salt Lake City VAHCS, and the community.

  • We have a variety of rotations in inpatient, outpatient, residential and consultation settings and are always expanding our offerings.  We have especially strong addiction consult services and services for pregnant people who use substances.  We collaborate with primary care and specialist colleagues in pain medicine and medical subspecialties. 

  • Our fellows work with urban, rural, tribal and underserved populations in Salt Lake City and elsewhere.

  • We have funding through 2025 from HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) to cover 4 positions total (addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine).  HRSA funding is flexible so that rotation time at the University and the VAHCS is not as prescriptive.  Contact the program manager for details about differences between HRSA-funded and non-HRSA-funded positions.

  • HRSA-funded fellows spend a month on rotation in Moab, Utah with dedicated housing provided for the fellows.  We also have other options for rural or urban community rotations.  

  • HRSA has a STAR-LRP loan repayment program that can provide up to $250,000 in loan repayment for addiction fellowship-trained physicians who work in a HPSA (Health Professional Shortage Area) after fellowship.  More details here: 

  • We provide textbooks (online and paper), an extensive Canvas LMS site, a generous travel stipend to national meetings, mentoring for scholarly activity and other supports for our addiction fellows.

  • We have a lot of fun and teach fellows an amazing amount!

  • Plus you get to live in and enjoy Utah, one of the most beautiful places on the planet!

Elizabeth F. Howell, MD, DLFAPA, DFASAM