A Clinical Elective Program in Addiction Medicine for 3rd & 4th year medical students.
Four-Week Sessions offered monthly except June, July & August and December. This rotation is offered in Baltimore, MD.
Completion of third-year medical school clerkships
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) offers qualified students a 4-8 week clinical research elective in Addiction Medicine/Psychiatry at its Baltimore, Maryland site. The elective includes clinical time in the Archway Clinic, an outpatient buprenorphine treatment program. Additional clinical exposure opportunities will include involvement in screening history and physicals, MRI and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) activities, psychosocial testing, and clinical monitoring and biological specimen testing through Clinical Core Services. Medical Students may also engage in addiction clinical research protocols by working with participants in study sessions involving biological sampling and psychosocial tasks. Opportunities also exist for selected students to engage in a small research project involving a secondary data analysis of existing addiction research data mentored by clinicians and researchers in the field of addiction.
The student is expected to be an integral part of the NIDA Intramural Research clinical program. Students will attend to their scheduled clinical duties (Monday-Friday), be present at lectures, and avail themselves of the outstanding electronic/library resources available at NIH to review existing literature pertinent to the biopsychosocial and clinical issues of our patients. There is no required evening or weekend duty. All students will be asked to give a 30-minute presentation on a relevant clinical issue at Clinical Rounds once during their elective. At the end of the rotation, students will be given the opportunity to evaluate the elective as well as receive constructive feedback on their performance.
Gain clinical experience in providing addiction treatment in a clinical research setting
Master an effective non-judgmental approach to risk assessment and risk reduction counseling
Effectively communicate medical information to patients and the medical and research teams
Develop a basic understanding of the neuroscience of addiction and the biopsychosocial approach to its treatment
Selection of Applicants
This elective rotation can accommodate one student per month.
More Information About The Clinical Electives Program
Clinical Electives Program: Addiction Medicine page on NIH Clinical Center website
NIH Clinical Electives Program information
NIH Clinical Electives FAQ
NIH Clinical Electives Program application
Educational materials available in the NIDAMed link
This is the Physicians’ Clinical Support System – lots of webinars and modules related to substance use disorders and medication-assisted treatment
this is the NIH HEAL Initiative – links to information about opioids and NIH research initiatives
This is from Boston University, a hub of clinical research and scholarship related to substance use disorders.
Selected Investigator Publications
Select articles written by our staff and related NIDA publications.