Introduction

This Specialty track page has resources for those interested in studying substance use disorders and addiction medicine

You can design your own program from the following components:

Resources and Ideas

The Education of a Lifetime with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Often described by participants as “a life-changing experience,” the Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS) program is designed to educate your heart and mind.

By shadowing addiction treatment patients and family program participants, you will gain extraordinary insight into the dynamics of addiction and the process of healing. Your week will include:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Clinical observation
  • Integration into patient life

SPECIFICALLY FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS

Substance use disorders are arguably the nation’s leading health problem. Our intensive educational program prepares you to effectively address all aspects of the disease in your medical practice, from assessment to treatment to recovery issues. Lecture topics include:

  • Bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of the disease of addiction
  • Evidence-based and holistic approaches to care
  • Twelve Step recovery principles and practices

PROGRAM LOCATIONS

  • Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California
  • Hazelden in Center City, Minnesota

WHEN TO APPLY

  • Applications are accepted annually December 1 through March 1
  • Acceptance is announced April 1.

PROGRAM COST

Thanks to the generosity of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation donors, the Summer Institute for Medical Students program is offered at no cost to qualifying applicants. Travel and lodging expenses are also provided for students through a scholarship fund.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

An article about the SIMS program: http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/articles/biro/revolutionizing-addiction-education

Additional resources:

To incorporate the HBFF SIMS in the Summertime you would likely need to do a longitudinal design specialty track – other activities can take place during the scheduled CD rotation block.