UB’s Addiction Medicine Fellowship One of First 10 Accredited by American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — An addiction medicine fellowship developed by University at Buffalo’s Department of Family Medicine is one of the nation’s first 10 postgraduate addiction medicine residencies accredited by the American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation.

Richard Blondell, MD, UB professor in the Department of Family Medicine, director of the addiction residency and chair of the foundation’s Training and Accreditation Committee, said of the residency: “Accrediting these and future training programs will provide assurance to the American public that addiction medicine physicians have the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and treat addiction.”

The accredited residency will begin July 1.

The new training program in addiction medicine has been established at a time of increasing promise for addiction treatment, and increased need for trained treatment providers, the foundation noted.

Kevin Kunz, MD, foundation president, said physician specialists in addiction medicine will bring unique skills and competencies to the treatment team, using all appropriate treatment approaches to contribute to prevention and the care of individuals and families.

“Accrediting these and future training programs will provide assurance to the American public that addiction medicine physicians have the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and treat addiction, and that trained physicians are available to address common medical or psychiatric conditions related to the use of addictive substances.”

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