Heather Oxentine, MD“Talking with addiction specialists during residency sparked my interest in the field even though my training/exposure in addiction was limited while in residency. I think I first started becoming interested in furthering my experience in the field when a mentor told me “No one enjoys this lifestyle, everyone who suffers from addiction hates their addiction, but it is so powerful they don’t know how to beat it.” This opened my eyes to a population of people who are constantly blamed and shamed for their disease and sent away from ERs and hospitals because of inexperience in how to treat addiction and lack of resources. I knew then I was interested in furthering my experience in the area and doing what I could to help this special population.”
– Heather Oxentine, MD, Addiction Psychiatry Fellow 2016- 2017, Emory University


Dave Marcovitz, MD“Because I sought out come extra addiction experiences in residency, I was unsure what to expect from addiction psychiatry fellowship. I could not have imagined how much more confident I would feel in providing high quality care to patients with addictions. The opportunity across clinical settings to see so many patients who vary in background, culture, and SUD severity under supervision from experts was invaluable to putting these disorders in their proper context alongside other mental illnesses. I am extremely grateful I decided to do an addiction psychiatry fellowship.”
– Dave Marcovitz, MD, Addiction Psychiatry Fellow 2017-2018, Partners HealthCare


Caridad Ponce Martinez, MD“During residency training I developed a particular interest in treating patients with substance use disorders. An addiction psychiatry fellowship provided me with the clinical skills to treat very complicated cases in a way that was comprehensive and collaborative. I learned not only about pharmacotherapy that could be useful in treatment, but also about multiple psychotherapy modalities, and perhaps most importantly, how to serve as an advocate for my patients – with their employers, families, and other clinicians. As an early-career addiction psychiatrist, I now utilize these skills to advocate for the effective treatment of patients with substance use disorders in all clinical settings, provide education and support for colleagues, and gain a better understanding of cultural and gender differences in the treatment of addiction.”
– Caridad Ponce Martinez, MD, Addiction Psychiatry Fellow 2015-2016, Yale School of Medicine


Derek Blevins, MD“What I find most rewarding about treating patients with substance use disorders is treating them as whole and unique individuals. I believe that the added consideration for emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of the individual are key to understanding and treating substance use disorders. My addiction psychiatry fellowship has allowed me to gain invaluable experience and training for treating patients with complex addictive disorders within psychiatric and psychological contexts. The additional time after residency was time well-spent in gaining a better understanding of these complex disorders, and where they fit into the biopsychosocial model.”
– Derek Blevins, MD, Addiction Psychiatry Fellow (T32), 2017-2019, Columbia University


Elie G. Aoun MD“It became clear to me during residency training that I wanted to work with the substance using population and that I was ‘good enough’ to treat substance use disorders (SUD) even without fellowship training. I decided to pursue the additional subspecialty training because I knew “good enough” is not sufficient. In fellowship, I sought qualified supervision and rich exposure to complex cases, unusual presentations, rare and experimental substances or complicated comorbidities. I wanted to develop a proficiency in understanding the nuances in presentation and the complexities of SUD treatment. I also benefited from working with leaders in the field who advise lawmakers and government agencies, and was exposed to their work shaping addiction related policies.”
– Elie G. Aoun MD, Addiction Psychiatry Fellow, 2016-2017, University California, San Francisco