Betty Ford Center Begins Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program Accredited By ABAM Foundation
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Betty Ford Center, the licensed addiction treatment hospital, today joins the ranks of several elite medical institutions in successfully meeting rigorous requirements set by the Training and Accreditation Committee for Addiction Medicine, part of the ABAM (The American Board of Addiction Medicine) Foundation.
The Center will welcome its first Addiction Medicine Fellow later this year. The successful applicant will spend one year at the Center’s Rancho Mirage home.
Dr. James Golden, Physician Director, Inpatient Services at Betty Ford Center, will be Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program. He was asked to assume that position by John Schwarzlose, president and CEO of the Betty Ford Center.
According to Dr. Golden, “We decided to do this because we realized we can offer all the elements necessary for a graduate fellowship program like this. We have a rich teaching/learning environment here, starting with sick patients who’ve come to us for help.”
Dr. Golden says having “a superb, highly-qualified staff” also helped make Betty Ford Center a successful applicant. “Our staff can provide the guidance and supervision necessary,” Dr. Golden says. “Along with faculty, we also have the educational components that the ABAM Foundation demands.”
Dr. Golden does not underplay the magnitude of the challenge Betty Ford Center has embraced. “We’re taking on a serious obligation,” he says. “We now have an academic duty to train physicians to become specialists in the field of addiction medicine. At the end of each year, we’ll have to certify that the person in question is an addiction physician.”
All incoming applications will be received and reviewed by the Betty Ford Center Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program Committee. Dr. Golden will interview the finalists.
“I love teaching,” Dr. Golden says, “so this is a dream realized. It’s a great honor, and I can’t wait to get the program underway.”
Betty Ford Center opened its doors to its first patients in October, 1982. Since that time, 100,000 women, men and children have come to the Center for its many acclaimed treatment programs.
Over the past 28 years, more than 2,000 individuals have participated in Betty Ford Center and Betty Ford Institute programs, partnerships and initiatives involving medical education. The Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS), for example, sees more than 100 doctors-in-training from the country’s leading medical schools come to Betty Ford Center each summer to learn about the disease of addiction, the protocols of treatment and the promise of recovery.
According to Joseph Skrajewski, the Betty Ford Institute’s Medical Education Coordinator, “Our goal has been to change the way physicians practice medicine by making sure addiction is examined more closely and carefully, since doctors will see so much evidence of it throughout their medical careers.
“Unfortunately, the disease of addiction is often ignored or minimized in medical schools. We’re trying to do our part to help people realize how vitally important it is to tackle this disease through education and training.”
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