Our objective is to train full spectrum Addiction Specialists who provide addiction services across all age groups and in all settings.
The fellow will learn how to act as a consultant in Addiction Medicine in their primary care home as well as managing a primary care practice with a focus on health leadership and advocacy. The graduate will be able to lead the transformation and integration of addiction medicine in the primary care setting – also serving as a consultant for more nuanced substance use disorders.
We are recruiting for 2 fellows. The fellows will work with Addiction specialists in multiple settings, including the inpatient and ambulatory sites of Ventura County Medical Center and with the Behavioral Health Department of Ventura County. Alcohol Drug Treatment Specialists (ADTS) will be utilized as part of a team-based treatment approach.
Our accreditation application is currently being reviewed by the ACGME and we expect a positive answer by the end of October 2018. In the meantime, we are proceeding with taking applications for the fellowship for 2019-2020 and anticipate accreditation by that point. The graduate will be able to procure the hours necessary and able to sit for the ABPM Addiction Medicine board examination.
How To Apply
Submit the following:
- 1-2 page personal statement stating your goals as well as career plans
- At least 2 Letters of Recommendation that address your suitability for a career as an Addiction Medicine specialist
The letters of recommendation should be sent directly via e-mail or by mail to our program coordinator.
Submit all documents to:
Yvette Cortez, Primary Care Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program Coordinator
Medical Education Office – Ventura County Medical Center
300 Hillmont Ave
Bldg 340, ste 120
Ventura, CA 93003
We look forward to your application!
Tipu V. Khan, MD, FAAFP
There are over 20 Million people struggling with addiction in the United States – yet there are only 4,400 addiction specialists available to care for these patients1. Abuse of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco cost our country more than $740 billion annually2. The County of Ventura experiences 14 deaths per 100,000 people due to addiction disorders and overdoses. 5.7 per 100 people in our county struggle with Opiate Use Disorder (OUD) – that’s 5.7% of our population! To combat this public health epidemic, we need more addiction trained primary care physicians in Ventura County. CHCF estimates that adding at least 108 buprenorphine providers will double our current number and fill the treatment gap.
Trainees will gain expertise in:
- Assessment and management of patients with various substance use disorders.
- Assessment and management of co-occurring psychiatric co-morbidities.
- Understanding the different levels of care, as defined by ASAM: including Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP), Hospital Care, Residential Treatment Centers (RTC), Social Model Detoxification Centers, Sober Livings, etc.
- Gain comfort in managing acute withdrawal and intoxication states.
- Management of chronic pain, especially in the setting of addiction.
- Management, including the treatment of, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.
- The various counselling strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy to peer and groups to 12 steps.
- Management of addiction during pregnancy including medication assisted treatment.
- Management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in the NICU and outpatient methadone tapers.
- Harm reduction strategies such as naloxone distribution, clean needle exchange, etc.
- Teaching the fundamentals of addiction to primary care residents at the Ventura County Family Medicine Residency Program and other clinics and health care facilities in our county.
- Managing sobriety through medication assisted treatment.
- Research: There will be allocated time for a research project during the fellowship. Fellow will present their research project to the VCMC community via Grand Rounds prior to completion of fellowship.
- Leadership: Participate in hospital, clinical, insurance, and other local committees such as the MERIT (Medication Error Reduction Team), CORE Committee (Chronic Opiate Review and Evaluation), Gold Coast HCP Opioid Committee.
- Experience locations include:
- Emergency Department and Inpatient Training including the inpatient consultation service: Ventura County Medical Center
- Outpatient training: Addiction Clinic for the Homeless, Academic Family Medicine Center Primary Care Clinic, and our satellite primary care clinics.
- Behavioral Health Training: Rotating with Ventura County Behavior Health Alcohol and Drug Program, Psychiatry, Psychology, and AA/NA.
- Residential Treatment Centers/Detox Centers: Multiple community stakeholders and organizations including Prototypes Women’s Center, Changing Tides, and others.
- Methadone: Rotations with Aegis Treatment Centers.
- Pain Management: Rotations with Pain Specialist at VCMC – inpatient consultations and outpatient.
- Obstetrics: VCMC and Prototypes.
- Neonatal: VCMC NICU and outpatient clinics.
- Academics: Precepting and Teaching at the Academic Family Medicine Center Family Medicine Residency Clinic.
- $75,000 per year, to be paid monthly as employee of Ventura Faculty Associates
- Malpractice insurance (covered under VCHCA)
- 15 business days (3 weeks) of paid vacation
- 5 business days (1 week) of paid CME
- 9 paid county holidays
- CME budget: $1000
- Health insurance: VCHCP Bronze Plan
- Worker’s compensation insurance
- Successful completion of an ACGME accredited residency training program with board certification or anticipated board certification prior to the start of fellowship.
- Family or Internal Medicine preferred. Other specialties will be considered.
- Have an unrestricted California Medical License and DEA.
- It is preferred that the applicant obtain their DEA X-waiver prior to the fellowship program but training will be provided during fellowship if needed.
- Must be eligible to be a Medi-Cal (Medicaid) and Medicare provider.
Sample Schedule - Inpatient Block
Addiction Medicine Clinic
Sample Schedule - Outpatient Block
Aegis Treatment Center
Addiction Medicine Clinic
HCH Addiction Medicine Clinic
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What do I need to use Touch?
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Should I use an ipad, or an iphone?
The ipad version of the app has fewer clicks for several functions, and allows graphing for labs, vitals and growth chart. There is generally a slight preference for the ipad in the outpatient setting, and for the iphone in the inpatient setting, but both work well and people clearly have individual preferences. If you see kids, you may prefer to use an ipad. You are welcome to try, and use both. Android devices have more limited functionality at the present time.
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Dr. Wallace completed a BA in Geology at Carleton College in 1995 and then worked in software engineering for several years. He attended medical school at the Univeristy of Colorado School of Medicine from 2006-2010 involved extensively in the rural medicine training program. He completed his residency at Ventura County in 2013 followed by 6 months of fellowship training in advanced procedures for endoscopic skills. From 2014-2016 he worked and taught with the family medicine faculty at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. He joined the Ventura Family Medicine Residency Faculty in June of 2016 to help develop an endoscopic training program for the residents. When not in the GI lab or the clinic he enjoys being at the beach with his family exploring the tide pools.
The Ventura faculty group is proud to partner with Ventura Global Health Project in offering a fellowship in global health. Our fellowship is designed to provide a hands-on global health experience at several domestic and international locations. Our goal is to support high quality, sustainable medical care in the communities we serve.
- Applications accepted - September 15th
- Deadline for application submission - November 15th
- Announcement of positions - December 15th
- Up to 2 fellows per year
- Up to six months abroad and six months at base location in Ventura. Minimum of three months at each international location. Locations
- We will work with fellows to develop the best mix of location and duration at each site.
- Location options
- Ventura, California
- Santo Tomás La Unión, Guatemala
- Monrovia, Liberia
- N'Djamena, Chad
- Location options
Ventura - Primary Contact - Wallace Baker MD, Ventura County Family Medicine Program
Educational and clinical experience in Ventura California. This experience will include work in local clinical setting an average of 3 days per week with additional elective educational opportunities an average 2 days per week in ultrasound training, inpatient infectious disease and outpatient TB and HIV clinic. Call opportunities for inpatient medicine and ER may exist. The core urgent care setting is in an urban underserved location with a moderate sized Mixteco population. Fellows will also be expected to lead residency interest group meetings and provide didactics on global health topics at residency core conference. We strive to be flexible and cater our on-site curriculum to the educational and career goals of the fellow as much as possible.
Guatemala - Primary Contact - Zack Self MD, M.D., FAAFP
This experience takes place in the rural Guatemalan community of Santo Tomás La Unión, Suchitepéquez- a town of approximately 15,000 inhabitants. Despite the relatively small size of the base community, the patient catchment area easily exceeds 100,000- as many patients travel significant distances to seek accessible, compassionate, high quality, modern healthcare.
The host site is a unique purpose built model hybrid health center consisting of two outpatient clinic rooms, two inpatient beds, obstetric delivery bed, fully equipped operating room (with LED OR lights), and a state-of-the-art resuscitation area (which boasts- among other resources- an Oxylog 3000 ventilator, LUCAS mechanical CPR, and Ambu fiberoptic intubation scope). Ultrasound is the diagnostic imaging modality of choice- with handheld devices for use in the outpatient setting and a robust portable ultrasound for more comprehensive evaluations. There is an in-house laboratory- granting access to immediate point-of-care labs via the iSTAT handheld blood analyzer. A well-stocked pharmacy is on site. Patient care is documented on an iPad based EMR. The site is an authorized distributor of Ecofiltro point-of-use water filters (supported by CLEAN International).
The fellow will be heavily involved in every component of patient care: outpatient clinic, inpatient/hospitalist medicine, emergency medicine, resuscitation and critical care, obstetric care- including operative obstetrics when indicated.
Educational opportunities include: high fidelity in-situ simulation, hands-on ultrasound training (from basic POCUS to advanced echo), and airway training (gaining familiarity with direct and video laryngoscopy, as well as fiberoptic airway management).
Research opportunities exist.
Fellows will reside on-site at a newly remodeled penthouse suite, which sits atop the clinic structure and provides amazing views of the surrounding lush mountains.
Spanish language capability is strongly preferred, but not strictly obligatory (translation services available for Spanish and K’iche’ languages as needed).
Chad - Primary contact - James Appel MD
This experience takes place in in the N'Djamena Chad, the capital city with a population of 2 million. The host site, Guinebor Hospital, has 40 beds and performs 100-150 deliveries and 80-100 major surgeries per month. The patient population is mostly Muslim and Arabic speaking while the staff speaks French and Arabic and several other dialects.
The clinical experience will consist of obstetrics in limited resources settings (c-section, c-hysterectomy, repair of uterine rupture, symphysiotomy, vacuum assisted deliveries, etc.) Fellows will actively participate in primary surgery in a limited resources settings (ex-lap, strangulated hernia, suprapubic catheter, amputations, treatment of open long bone fractures, osteomyelitis including sequestrum/involucrum, etc.) There is a broad range of tropical disease presentation (malaria, typhoid fever, filiariasis, malnutrition, giardia, amebiasis, schistosomiasis, mycetoma, etc.) which fellows will diagnose and treat.
Fellows will be encouraged to create a curriculum and/or process for mentoring of young doctors straight out of medical school without residency training. This might serve as a research project. Language translation will be provided.
Ethiopia - Primary Contact - Michele Yates MD
This experience takes place in a 150-bed mission hospital located in the southern part of Ethoipia. The hospital is a general acute care hospital. There is a busy emergency room and outpatient department, adult ICU, NICU, inpatient peds, medicine and 100 deliveries per month. There are two residency programs at the hospital, one in general surgery and the other in orthopedics. They are both affiliated with PAACS (Pan African Association Christian Surgeons). We have multiple specialists on-site including national and international OB/gyn, Ortho, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Radiology, and Optho and 8-10 Ethiopian General Practitioners. The fellow’s focus will include learning to care for patients in a tropical, resource limited setting, as well as teaching GPs, nurses and midwives. The fellow will participate in ER patient management, outpatient clinic care, team, rounds on pediatrics/NICU, medicine/ICU, and OB. We also have an active Rheumatic Heart disease screening program and work closely with two local children's homes. Patient documentation will be in English, but direct patient communication will be in one of Ethiopia's 83 languages. Translation will be provided.
Additional Curricular Opportunities
- Certification in tropical medicine through the West Virginia School of Tropical Medicine.
- Applicants will have successfully completed medical training in a US allopathic or osteopathic medical school and residency program.
- Be eligible for medical license to practice in California in good standing
- Be eligible for hospital privileging at Ventura County Medical Center
- Be eligible for medical malpractice coverage
- Have health Insurance prior to program commencement
- Have Travel Insurance prior to international travel
- Spanish language skills are preferred but not required
- Compensation consists of a salary while performing urgent care shifts in Ventura (approximately $27,500), along with a Ventura Global Health Project Grant ($42,500) to offset all travel and living expenses at international sites.
- An additional $5,000 stipend is available to fellows with a spouse as well as an additional $10,000 stipend available for fellows with children or spouse + children.
- “Moonlighting” options may be available in Ventura for additional revenue
- Vacation – Up to 6 weeks of vacation available per year. There is a one-week maximum to come from the time spent in Ventura with agreement from host clinical supervisor. Fellows are encouraged to take vacation time between rotations. Timing of all vacation with approval of host supervisor.
- A $2600 stipend is available to cover textbooks and Butterfly iQ ultrasound transducer. Reimbursement upon receipt.
We welcome inquires! Please send all inquiries to:
Please send all applications for the fellowship to both:
Applications should include a cover letter stating the reasons for your interest in the fellowship as well as your curriculum vitae and 3 references.
Rheumatologic ROS is negative for:
Malar rash, photosensitivity, alopecia, mucosal ulcers, Raynaud's phenomenon, SQ nodules, sense of skin tightening in hands, face or torso, other rashes
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Hematuria, proteinuria, renal failure, bladder infections, kidney stones, hypertension
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Focal weakness, trouble combing hair or getting out of chairs
Burning or tingling in feet
Monocular blindness, dysarthria, dysphagia, seizures or stroke
History of Low WBC, low platelets, anemia
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