About the Program

VCU’s Addiction Medicine Fellowship provides advanced training for physicians who have completed residency in specialties including psychiatry, emergency medicine, family medicine or OB/GYN. Our one-year program, with an optional second year, includes rotations in the following areas:


VCU’s Multidisciplinary Outpatient Intensive Addiction Treatment (MOTIVATE) clinic is a team-based, interprofessional service with a full spectrum of addiction-related services for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). The clinic’s primary focus is addiction treatment, but because it houses psychiatric, behavioral health, primary care and other specialty services, we are able to treat patients who might otherwise be discharged from or deemed too unstable to treat in regular integrated clinics.

The MOTIVATE clinic is the central hub for addiction services at VCU Health and works in conjunction with an active hospital inpatient addiction consultation service, interfacing directly with other key services such as obstetrics, pain management and emergency medical services.

VA Medical Center

While rotating at the VA Medical Center, fellows gain experience in the outpatient opioid (methadone and suboxone) treatment clinics and intensive outpatient substance abuse program, where patients receive nine hours of treatment each week. Fellows provide longitudinal care by following patients with opioid addiction and other substance abuse disorders long-term. Responsibilities also include intake evaluations and treatment including medication management, individual, group and family therapies and other modalities.

The inpatient rotation at the VA Medical Center provides training in the 60-day residential substance abuse treatment program and opportunities to learn residential-based therapies.


Fellows participate in hands-on clinical addictions research, and we encourage trainees to apply for funding for pilot studies in which they can serve as principal investigator. Areas of research include:

Life in Richmond

We encourage our trainees to maintain a healthy, balanced life, and Richmond is a wonderful place to engage in that well-rounded lifestyle. As a mid-sized city with a metropolitan population of 1.3 million, Richmond provides stimulating activities while maintaining its intimate feel and unique vibe.

Learn more about our community

How to Apply

Eligible candidates must have completed their residency program (or will completing it that year) prior to the fellowship start date, have passed their USMLE Step 3 and be able to secure a Virginia medical license. Application requirements include:

  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • List of publications
  • Medical school transcript
  • Medical student performance evaluation
  • USMLE scores
  • ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your psychiatry residency training director

For more information about our fellowship, please contact:

Albert J. Arias, M.D., M.S.
Program Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Khalilah Mitchell 
Program Coordinator, Addiction Medicine Fellowship