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Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

The Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) one-year, ACGME-accredited Clinical Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship enables two psychiatrists each academic year to develop clinical addiction psychiatry practice knowledge and skills, present and write scholarly papers and teach junior trainees.

We expect graduates of our program to become leaders in addiction psychiatry. To this end, we offer intensive training in diverse clinical and investigative settings, an extensive curriculum of formal didactics, an administrative/leadership experience, expert faculty supervision, scholarly presentation, paper publication and experience educating psychiatry residents and medical students.

Program Curriculum

The Program’s curriculum will comprise of:

  • Mentored patient care: Fellows will learn to apply state-of-the-art, evidence-based addiction treatment under the close supervision of experienced faculty. For example, Fellows will complete mentored acute and rehabilitative inpatient experiences, as well as outpatient work in substance use intensive outpatient programs and opioid-replacement treatment programs.
  • Mentored research: Fellows will attend an extensive program of seminars and each conduct a research project to be presented to co-fellows and faculty at the end of the academic year. The goal is to set them up with the needed research skills to impact the field of addiction psychiatry for years to come.
  • Mentored education training: The Fellows will also learn how to become teachers and educators.  During the fellowship, they will work with and educate other clinicians around the hospital. They will be prepared to become immediate leaders in the field of addiction psychiatry upon graduation.

Unique to WCM’s program will be the focus on the stigma of addiction, youth substance use prevention efforts and treatment, and enhanced exposure to individuals in recovery.  Fellows will accomplish this through their clinical and research work, but also through collaborations with individuals and organizations outside of Weill Cornell, such as 12-step groups and treatment centers around the New York City area. Through this curriculum and close mentorship, Weill Cornell’s Addiction Psychiatry Fellows will gain and perfect new skills as they gradually transition into independent clinicians.

Dr. Jonathan Avery would like to thank Robin Kellner and John Sicher for their support of the fellowship.  Read more about their story.

Program Director


Important Dates

The WCM Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program utilizes a rolling admission policy in lieu of matching. Our one-year, clinical fellowship is offered from July 1 to June 30, with positions typically filled many months prior. In order to have the greatest chance of acceptance, candidates should submit their applications as early as possible, beginning 15 months prior to the beginning of the academic year for which they are applying.


Applicants are expected to earn a New York State license prior to beginning their fellowship. We are unable to accept applicants who hold H1-B visas.

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Complete applications include:

  1. A completed Microsoft Office document icon WCM Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Application
  2. A one-two page essay discussing your interest in addiction psychiatry and post-graduation career plans.
  3. A curriculum vitae including academic honors, awards, publications, presentations, research interests and projects.
  4. Three letters of recommendation, including physicians familiar with your clinical work - one of these letters should be from your training director, certifying completion of psychiatry residency training or indicating your current standing in residency training with an anticipated graduation date. Letters of recommendation should be mailed in sealed envelopes with recommenders' signatures written across the envelope flaps.

Application materials may be sent by mail or by email to the addresses below:

Dr. Jonathan Avery
525 East 68th Street, Box 140
Office 1187
New York, NY 10065


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