Addiction Medicine Fellowship

Our Mission

The mission of the University of New Mexico Addiction Medicine Program is twofold:

  1. To produce outstanding clinicians, scientists and leaders in the field of addiction medicine, and
  2. To produce primary care providers with an expertise in addiction medicine to help treat patients in our communities. 

UNM fellows learn to provide the highest level of addiction care with expertise, compassion and professionalism. Our patients span the continuum from birth to geriatric patient populations.

Engage in diverse clinical experiences such as inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment. Master core competencies through clinical rotations, case conferences and didactic lecture series. Here, you will receive carefully designed professional development and support in personal growth and physician well-being.

Fellowship Eligibility

To apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Completion of an ACGME, RCPSC, or CFPC accredited residency training program in family medicine, internal medicine, preventive medicine, emergency medicine, OB/Gyn, pediatrics or anesthesia.
  2. The University of New Mexico has an Addiction Psychiatry program for applicants from psychiatry.
    Board-certified or planning to be become board-certified (before fellowship start date) in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine Emergency Medicine, OB/Gyn, Pediatrics or Anesthesia­­­­­.
  3. Must be eligible to receive a New Mexico License and Federal DEA.
  4. Must be eligible to be a Medicaid and Medicare Provider.

How to Apply

This program does participate in ERAS; however, does not participate in the match.

For All Applicants

  • Only ERAS applications are accepted, and you must sign up for NRMP.
  • Physicians who are not US citizens must have a valid work permit or be eligible for a J-1 visa (H-1 visas are not sponsored).

Please submit your application and the following supporting documentation via the ERAS system*:

  • A CV or resume. Be sure to include information such as:
    • Community service and volunteer work
    • DEA license information and buprenorphine license information (if completed)
    • Educational background from undergraduate training onward
    • Employment history and military service
    • Hobbies, special interests
    • Honors and awards
    • Licensure information—including any restrictions or history of restrictions
    • Presentations
    • Publications
    • Specialty certifications
  • A one-page personal statement describing your interest in addiction medicine and your potential plans after completion of the fellowship.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Our program directors will review applications regularly. If you are selected, we will contact you directly to schedule an interview.

Application deadline is November 1st.

Interview spots fill quickly; we encourage applying as early as possible.

Given the need for all of us to support the nation’s public health efforts, all interviews will be conducted in a virtual setting – either by phone or through video conferencing.


Meet our Leadership

Program Director

Valerie Carrejo, MD 
Associate Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine
Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Department of Family & Community Medicine


Assistant Program Director

Vanessa Jacobsohn, MD 
Assistant Director of Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Depts of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Family & Community Medicine

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