Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program | Loyola Medicine

Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program

Message from the Program Director

We continue to grow the addiction training fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Loyola University Medical Center and Hines VA. Our fellows have helped to shape the development of the program and they will continue to do so!  Our academically-based program provides strong clinical, research and teaching opportunities.  Our teaching faculty includes several board-certified and board-eligible addiction psychiatrists and addiction medicine specialists with extensive experience in public, private, academic, administrative and government settings.  Our ACGME-accredited fellowship was one of the first such fellowships to receive this accreditation (July 2018) and the rotations are based primarily at Hines VA, with one rotation at a community-based hospital.  We have strong inpatient, intensive outpatient and outpatient continuity clinic experiences at the VA medical center.   Our elective training sites include specialty clinics.  All sites and faculty are affiliated with Loyola University Medical School. 

Our patients present with all types of addictions and fellows in this program will see a wide range of addiction problems.  The patient population includes persons with addiction only as well as those with complicated co-occurring psychiatric and / or medical diagnosis(es).  Fellows work within multidisciplinary teams on a daily basis.  

The fellowship offers strong research opportunities for those who are interested in this aspect of addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine.

We look forward to hearing from interested applicants and we hope that you will take the opportunity to visit us.  Please take a look at our program and consider applying if you are interested in becoming part of a rapidly growing field of much-needed specialists!   As an additional bonus, the Chicago area is a great place to live and work with many different leisure and social opportunities!  

Alma Ramic,

Program Director Addiction Medicine

Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program Overview

Loyola University Medical Center provides an exciting elective track opportunity in collaboration with Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital for a start date of July 1 each year.  This fellowship is open to an Internal Medicine or Family Medicine resident interested in advanced training and clinical experience in addiction medicine. The elective track was founded in 2011 and graduated its first resident in June 2012. Beginning each September, we will be accepting applications for the following July 1 start date.   Application deadline is the mid of February each year.

The individual selected for this position will be part of a multi-disciplinary team working under the supervision of several addiction psychiatrists. We treat patients across all ages and genders with all types of addictions in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including patients with complex co-morbid diagnoses. Individuals will receive training in evidence based medical management and psychotherapy. Clinical work will be based primarily at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital with a adolescent rotation at AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center, Hinsdale. Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital is a highly innovative and comprehensive hospital with inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services. The fellow will participate in settings including the Outpatient Addiction Treatment Program, Opiate Substitution Clinic, Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Program, Inpatient Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service, Pain Clinic, Primary Care Behavioral Health Clinic and scholarly/research collaborations.  Hinsdale hospital offers encompassing specialized holistic substance abuse treatment for adolescents ages 12-18 years.  The treatment program includes counseling, patient and family education and an introduction to the 12-Step program for addiction.  The partial hospitalization program (PHP) includes weekly family therapy, and then step-down intensive outpatient programs (IOP).  Successful completion of these 2 levels then progresses to an after-care group.  The fellow participates in all level of care, including both individual and family counseling modalities, as well.

The elective track provides state-of-the-art training in the treatment of patients with addiction, including detoxification, pharmacotherapy for addiction, abstinence-based recovery models, harm-reduction recovery models, motivational interviewing, 12-Step facilitation, consultation for medical and psychiatric hospital services, and psychosocial approaches to the treatment of patients with addiction and pain.

Please visit the following website to learn more details about our Program and Affiliated Organizations.

Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program Contacts

For further information about the Loyola Psychiatry Addiction Medicine Fellowship program, please contact us by phone or email:

Lisa Beck, LCSW
Addiction Medicine Fellowship Coordinator
Loyola University Medical Center
2160 South First Avenue, Maywood, Illinois, 60153
Phone: 708-216-5536 Psychiatry Fax: 708-216-5885