Training & Education

Training and education is one of CSAM-SMCA’s key strategic activities; we aim to increase the capacity, knowledge, and skills of those working in addiction medicine. In support of that mission, we maintain an up-to-date list of addiction medicine training opportunities for Canadian addiction medicine practitioners. If you have an update or addition to this list, please contact us.

CSAM-SMCA Training

CSAM-SMCA Fundamentals of Addiction Course

CSAM-SMCA Fundamentals of Addiction Course
Presented by seven leading Canadian practitioners, the CSAM-SMCA Fundamentals of Addiction Course provides early-career clinicians and students with a solid foundation for continued learning in addictions care and treatment. The course covers biopsychosocial approaches to addiction as well as assessment, diagnosis, brief intervention and referral to treatment. Hear relevant, practical 45-minute presentations on the most commonly used substances including alcohol, sedatives, cannabis, opioids and stimulants, and get a short introduction to concurrent disorders.

Online Training

Suboxone CME Training Program

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This program was developed to provide Canadian health care professionals with the pre-requisite education required to treat opiate dependent patients with NSUBOXONE® buprenorphine (as buprenorphine hydrochloride) and naloxone (as hydrochloride dihydrate).

The PACES Learning Pathway

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The PACES Learning Pathway provides accessible, self-paced, and personalized addiction and mental health education for all skill levels through e-learning modules, educational videos, simulated patient scenarios, and virtual skill-building sessions. The PACES Learning Pathway consists of four sequential learning pathways, allowing individuals to develop their skills based on their unique needs.

PACES is an Accredited Group Learning and a Self-Assessment Learning Activity (Section 1 & 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development (CME). It is duly accredited with the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation.

Fellowships

University of Alberta

Royal College: The University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry has an opening for a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine with a July 1, 2023 start date. This is a new fellowship and accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as an Area of Focused Competence in Addiction Medicine. Successful completion of the Fellowship will lead to the designation of DRCPSC.

Family Medicine Enhanced Skills: Our program’s overarching focus is on providing addiction treatment embedded in primary care.  We aim to supply our residents with a depth and breadth of clinical skill and knowledge that will allow them to address the substance use and behavioral issues of their patients with the same level of competence they provide comprehensive primary care.  This program is ideally suited to family physicians who are practicing or intend to practice in remote, rural or marginalized communities, where specialized addiction services are impractical and unavailable.  Rotations are principally focused on primary care, in community settings and in specialized clinics run by or involving family doctors.  Successful graduates will be endorsed for CAC – AM designation. 

Type: Royal College (RC) – Psychiatry/Family Medicine (FM)


Location: Edmonton


Duration: 1 Year


Program Director:
RC: Dr. Krishna Balachandra / FM: Dr. Mat Rose


Call: RC: None / FM: Depends on rotation


Research: RC: Required / FM: Encouraged


Eligibility:  RC: Interested candidates must review the Royal College website for eligibility. / FM: CCEP (or soon-to-be CCFP)


Deadline: RC: Application submissions will open October 1, candidates must submit their interest before November 30 to Dr. K. Balachandra at . / FM:  Apply through CARMS Enhanced Skills platform.


Language: English


Number of Spots: RC: 1 / FM: 1

University of British Columbia

Clinical fellowship in Addiction Medicine based out of St. Paul’s Hospital. Rotations include various inpatient (addictions medicine consult team, perinatal addictions, resident treatment) and outpatient rotations (concurrent disorders, smoking cessation, longitudinal experiences, 3 Bridges, rapid access clinic, hepatitis C, public health, and Corrections). Regular teaching, journal club presentations, and supervision of junior learners; committee responsibilities

Type: Medicine


Location: Vancouver


Duration: 1 Year


Program Directors:
Enhanced Skills Family Medicine:
Dr. Sukhpreet Klaire

BCCSU:
Dr. Paxton Bach


Call: Very Minimal, home based


Research: Original research project


Eligibility: Enhanced Skills Program: Family Medicine Only; BCCSU: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Public Health or other Medical Specialty Training Program; in Practice


Deadline: September 14, 2022


Language: English


Number of Spots: Family Medicine (2 Spots);
BCCSU spots (8-12 Spots)

University of Calgary

Clinical fellowship in Addiction Medicine. Clinical rotations involve the Calgary Opioid Dependency Program, inpatient detox, hospital consultations, RAAM (rapid access addiction medicine), concurrent disorders- including at the Claresholm Center for Mental Health and Addictions treatment center, Inner City Clinics, Chronic Pain Centre, Foothills Addiction Centre, psychotherapy- including DBT and multiple electives. Emphasis on teaching, journal clubs, and conference attendance.

Type: Medicine, Psychiatry


Location: Calgary


Duration: 1 Year


Program Directors:
Family Medicine:
Dr. Lydia Vezina
Dr. Alvis Yu
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Psychiatry:
Dr. David Crockford


Call: Light call


Research: Option to work with faculty with existing research project.


Eligibility: Family medicine (R3) or FRCPC completion (psychiatry) and eligibility for license in Alberta


Deadline: September 14, 2022


Language: English


Number of Spots: Family Medicine (2 Spots);
Psychiatry (1 Spot)

University of Manitoba

Develop the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes to support and extend the delivery of addiction prevention and treatment across a variety of treatment settings. Expand their administrative skills, knowledge and leadership abilities to work effectively with interprofessional team members in multiple settings involved in the treatment of addictions. Deepen their scholarship as it relates to addiction medicine, including education, policy, program development and research.

Type: Family Medicine


Location: Winnipeg


Duration: 1 Year


Program Director:
Dr. Erin Knight
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Call: Low burden, opportunity for independent moonlighting shifts


Research: Each resident will be expected to complete a scholarly project during the course of the enhanced skill program. The scholarly projects can take the form of an in-depth literature review of a topic relevant to addictions that would be fit for publication, a quality improvement project, or a research project in an area relevant to the prevention or treatment of addiction. All residents will be encouraged to pursue presentation at a peer-reviewed conference and/or publication in a peer-reviewed journal during their training.


Eligibility: Funding available for Family Physicians, either PGY2 Family Medicine Residents or practicing Family Physicians at the time of application. Program is open to training physicians from other disciplines, but they must bring their own funding.


Deadline: September 14, 2022


Language: English


Number of Spots: 2

McGill University

Clinical and research training program. The faculty will supervise and direct research, clinical activities and progress during the fellowship. Responsibility to the care of outpatients and inpatients during regular working hours; supervision of junior trainees; academic activities optional; scholarly research required. Primary rotations based out of Montreal General Hospital.

Type: Psychiatry


Location: Montreal


Duration: 1 Year


Program Director:
Dr. Dara Charney


Call: None


Research: Yes


Eligibility: Post-residency, open to psychiatry only


Language: English, French an asset


Number of Spots: Psychiatry (1 Spot)

University of Montreal

Enhanced Skills Addiction Medicine program with the University of Montreal’s Department of Family and Emergency Medicine. Involves direct clinical supervision throughout 12 four-week rotations (outpatient, inpatient, consultations, research, psychiatry, chronic viral infections pain clinic, and hepatology) and 1 elective. Weekly clinical day in community clinics (low barrier OAT, managed alcohol program, addiction within community health clinic) for longitudinal experience. Regular didactic teaching, seminars, bi-monthly journal clubs, ECHO projects, and mentorship.

Programme de compétence avancée en médecine des toxicomanies du Département de médecine de famille et médecine d’urgence de l’Université de Montréal. Supervision clinique durant 13 stages de 4 semaines chacun (clinique externe, unité interne, consultations, recherche, psychiatrie, infections virales chroniques, clinique de douleur, hépatologie, toxico en milieu rural et 1 stage à option). Exposition longitudinale hebdomadaire aux cliniques communautaires (clinique bas seuil TAO, programme de gestion d’alcool, clinique toxico en CLSC). Les activités acadmiques incluent les séminaires de lecture hebdomadaires, journal clubs bi-mensuels, cours didactiques, projets ECHO et mentorat individual.

Type: Medicine
Type : Médecine


Location: Montreal
Lieu : Montréal


Duration: 1 Year
Durée : 1 an


Program Director:
Dr. Stéphanie Marsan
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Directeur de programme :
Dr. Stéphanie Marsan
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Call: 1 week/month during detox inpatient rotations otherwise 1 weekend/month during other rotations, on site (9am to 6pm), and home-call after hours.

Garde : 1 sem/mois lorsqu’à l’unité interne sinon 1 weekend/mois lors des autres stages, sur place (9h à 18h), en disponibilité téléphonique (de 18h à 9h).


Research: Residents are expected to complete a research project under supervision of research team and are encouraged to pursue publication in a peer-reviewed journal and/or present their findings at a conference. All residents receive conference funding.

Recherche : Lors des 8 semaines dédiées à la recherche, chaque résident devra réaliser un projet de recherche sous la supervision de l’équipe de recherche en toxicomanie au CRCHUM. Les résidents sont fortement encouragés à écrire un article et à présenter leurs résultats lors d’une conférence. Un soutien financier est disponible aux résidents pour les frais d’inscription/voyage aux conférences.


Eligibility: Open to PGY2 Family Medicine residents at the time of application;
Must be fluent in French. Application is done through CaRMS

Éligibilité : Les candidats doivent être R2 dans un programme de médecine de famille ou détenir un certificat du Collège de médecine de famille du Canada. La maitrise du français est indispensable. Les demandes sont effectuées via le CaRMS.


Deadline: September 14, 2022
Date limite de candidature : 14 septembre, 2022


Language: French
Langue : Français


Number of Spots: 3
Capacité d’accueil : 3

University of Ottawa

Based out of The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (with close collaborations with The Ottawa Hospital, the Oasis Program at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, and other community addictions medicine providers), the PGY3 in Addiction Medicine is a 12-month training program that will allow residents to develop skills and knowledge in the management of substance use disorders in community, outpatient and inpatient settings. Rotations experiences include inpatient medical withdrawal management, concurrent disorders inpatient/day/virtual day programs, rapid access addiction medicine (RAAM) clinic, hospital consultation, longitudinal rotations in family medicine and community OAT, pain medicine, and Hepatitis C.

Type: Family Medicine


Location: Ottawa


Duration: 1 Year


Program Director:
Dr. Melanie Willows


Call: None


Research: Scholarly porject


Eligibility: To be eligible for the PGY-3 enhanced skills program in Addiction Medicine, the candidate must be a PGY 2 in a Canadian Family Medicine Residency Program at the time of application.


Deadline: September 14, 2022


Language: English


Number of Spots: Family Medicine (1 Spot)

University of Toronto

Clinical fellowship in addiction medicine or psychiatry open to family medicine, psychiatry and other sub-specialty trainees. Our fellowship offers the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary group of clinical and research faculty with expertise in addictions. Team structure varies by location, but learners are expected to take on leadership roles, work collaboratively, and participate in diverse clinical rotations (methadone simulation, motivational interview, ethics, community-based programs, specialty clinics), and multiple training locations (CAMH, St. Michael’s, St. Joseph’s). Core teaching, journal club, rounds, and protected time for scholarly work.

Type: Medicine


Location: Toronto


Duration: 1 Year


Program Directors:
Family Medicine:
Dr. Dania Notta,
Dr. Erin Lurie;

Psychiatry:
Dr. Daniel Lobo


Call: None


Research: Scholarly project


Eligibility: Open to Family Medicine and to all Royal College subspecialties


Deadline: September 14, 2022 for Family Medicine;
September 30, 2022 for Psychiatry


Language: English


Number of Spots: Family Medicine (2-4 Spots);
Psychiatry (2 Spots)

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