UNMC successfully applied for and received approval for an ACGME accredited Addiction Medicine Fellowship in 2019, and so far, it’s been a major success.
Claudia Moore, MD, started her one-year fellowship in July 2020 after working in emergency medicine. She said she has gained a significant amount of knowledge and skill in treating addiction from her new colleagues.
“Addiction medicine is an immensely rewarding specialty that combines aspects of internal medicine, pharmacology, and psychiatry, among others,” Dr. Moore said. “How to practice varies so people from all sorts of backgrounds can find their niche.”
During her nine months as a fellow, Dr. Moore said she has enjoyed learning ways to treat patients dealing with substance use disorders and further developing the fellowship.
“As our division grows, it will become even more of a rich training ground for new fellows,” Dr. Moore said. “We are unique in our integration of addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry, and I expect us to become one of the premier programs in our region.”
To continue to grow the fellowship and the addiction division, Dr. Moore accepted a faculty role in the Department of Psychiatry. She will join the department full-time in July as an Associate Professor.
“There will be the chance to have clinic patients of my own,” she said. “I will also be helping to build a quick access clinic meant for patients seen in the main ED and the PES (psychiatric emergency department). My background in GME will let me work with the directors of the residency and fellowships to ensure our programs are continuing to not only meet but exceed requirements and expectations. And there are almost endless opportunities to teach at UNMC and Nebraska Medicine as well as in the community and region.”
The fellowship will continue after Dr. Moore joins the faculty. Dr. Ken Zoucha, program director for the addiction medicine fellowship, and the Psychiatry Department at UNMC are currently recruiting for the next Addiction Medicine fellow. Applications are being accepted now for the coming academic year and beyond.