Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship
Addiction psychiatrists work in a field that is extremely rewarding even if often challenging. They work not only in direct patient care but in education of health professionals, research, and public policy advocacy. Involvement in the needs of communities regarding addiction issues impacting the community is an important part of being a subspecialist in this field.
The Medical College of Wisconsin offers a one-year, ACGME-accredited addiction psychiatry fellowship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The goal of the program is to graduate competent physicians who in addition to providing excellent, compassionate care, also take on a role in advocacy and education of community and colleagues. Addiction Psychiatrists are often called upon to be resources in their medical communities to assist physicians and other health professionals who have potentially-impairing psychiatric or addiction health conditions needing treatment.
After successful completion of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program, fellows are eligible to take the Addiction Psychiatry certification examination offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).
Comprehensive addiction training requires exposure to various treatment settings and populations. The Medical College has multiple affiliated hospitals and clinics that offer the breadth of experiences required.
The Milwaukee VA Medical Center has had one of the longest medical training affiliations in the Country. Like all VAs we have a diverse workforce serving a diverse patient population. All levels of care are available which not only facilitate care but also allows fellows to assist their patients along their recovery journey.
Rotations at the VA Medical Center include; Inpatient, Consult/ Liaison, ER and Immediate Mental Health Access Clinic, Intensive Outpatient Treatment, Treatment Alternative Group (harm reduction group), Twelve-step-facilitation training in the rehabilitation program, Longitudinal outpatient clinic.
The owner and medical director of the West Grove Clinic is a former chief resident of MCW. The clinic offers various outpatient treatment modalities for addiction and other psychiatric care.
Rotations at the West Grove Clinic include: Outpatient longitudinal experience, including training on administration of long-acting medication options for opioid use disorder treatment.
The Dewey Center is a private, free-standing addiction treatment center that offers all levels of care for a wide range of patients.
Rotations at the Aurora Dewey Center include: Rehabilitation and Partial Hospitalization.
Rogers Behavioral Health offers a wide range of residential and intensive outpatient treatment tracks for addiction, psychiatric and co-morbid conditions. They have centers throughout the country.
Rotations at Rogers (West Allis) include adolescent addiction and comorbid conditions in a rehab setting.
Meet the Director | Mary-Anne Kowol, MD, FASAM
Dr. Kowol attended the University of Würzburg, Germany, for medical training. She completed her psychiatry residency and addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. After working several years in private practice in Oklahoma she returned to the Medical College of Wisconsin early 2016 to reestablish the addiction psychiatry fellowship.
Dr. Kowol presently works at the Clement J. Zablocki VA where she sees patients with addiction and comorbid disorders. She spends a smaller part of her clinical time at the Tosa Health Center's psychiatry and behavioral health clinic where she treats patients with a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses.
In addition, Dr. Kowol is involved in education of residents and medical students. Dr. Kowol has a special interest in providing care for patients with comorbid addiction/ trauma diagnoses.
Didactics and Supervision
Didactics are offered, following a comprehensive syllabus. Core faculty and invited guest lecturers with expertise in special populations will provide the formal teaching.
Fellows are expected to participate in journal clubs, practice seminars and case conferences and attend the departmental Grand Rounds. Participation in the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry annual meeting is encouraged.
Informal learning opportunities are provided via case based staffing. Much of addiction care is team based. Fellows will participate in team staffings with the opportunity to lead. Fellows will gain active learning experience by assuming a supervising and teaching role for lower level learners and allied health professionals.
The addiction psychiatry fellowship program at the Medical College of Wisconsin has two (2) positions and accepts ongoing applications. Interested applicants should complete the MCWAH application form and submit it to the department of psychiatry along with the necessary items from the application packet list. Typically, interviews take place in the fall for the upcoming academic year. Our program does not utilize ERAS.
Interested applicants should submit a completed application packet with the following items:
- MCWAH application form (PDF)
- Current Curriculum Vitae (gaps in time greater than one month must be explained)
- Personal Statement explaining your interests and goals
- Original Transcript of Steps 1, 2 and 3 Scores (must pass all 3 steps before applying)
- Medical School Dean’s Letter
- Medical School Transcript
- Copy of Medical School Diploma
- ECFMG Certificate (International Medical School Graduates)
- Visa Status Information (international citizens)
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- One of the letters should be from your current training director and included your Training Summary
- Letters of recommendation should be addressed to Dr. Mary-Anne Kowol and sent directly to the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Once all items have been obtained, return the complete application packet to:
Dr. Mary-Anne Kowol
c/o Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Psychiatry at Tosa Health Center
Psychiatry Fellowship Programs – 3rd Floor
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 N Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
All accepted candidates are required to hold a valid Wisconsin Medical License, DEA certificate and buprenorphine waiver before starting the program. View information about Graduate Medical Education website. For questions please contact the Fellowship Coordinator.
The Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship is accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).