Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship
The Medical College of Wisconsin offers a one-year, ACGME-accredited addiction psychiatry fellowship in Milwaukee, WI.
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.
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 Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin offers two (2) positions annually.
Our application process is changing this year for applicants who wish to start July 2022.
Our program will be utilizing ERAS (Electronic Resident Application System) and not participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) match.
Applications open with the ERAS Fellowship cycle beginning July 1. Please refer to ERAS for length of application cycle and requirements.
We project that interviews will take place early fall for the upcoming academic year.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Erika Steinbrenner, MD
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin; Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University