Training and Education

There is no better place in New York City to study addiction than Mount Sinai. As the largest and most diverse provider of addiction services in New York City, one of our top priorities is to train future clinicians in treatment services and research.

We take a highly personalized approach to training and expose our trainees to new and varied evidence-based programs. We are proud to care for a profoundly varied range of addiction pathologies and have provided decades of judgement-free, high-quality care to New Yorkers from all socioeconomic backgrounds. You will not find training experiences that top Mount Sinai’s reach, history, and impact in the field of addiction treatment. We have some of the top researchers in the field shaping the path forward in addiction research, including Yasmin Hurd, PhD, Xiaosi Gu, PhD, and Eric Nestler, MD, PhD.

For medical students and residents, we offer 1-2 months of rotation in a variety of addiction settings in the Mount Sinai Health System including both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation treatment units, dual-diagnosis unit, and a withdrawal management (“detox”) unit. We do not offer observerships at this time.

We also offer training via the following programs.

Fellowships

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has several dedicated addiction fellowships. Each has its own character, but all feature exposure to the incredibly rich and diverse range of clinical services the Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai provides to those suffering from substance abuse in New York.

Fellowship in Addiction Medicine (Mount Sinai West / Mount Sinai Morningside)

  • ACGME accredited; 1-year duration
  • Open to physicians who have completed residency in any specialty
  • Rotations include a dedicated hospital-based inpatient detoxification/rehabilitation unit, Mount Sinai’s system-wide opioid treatment program (the largest in New York City) and an addiction consultation service in a large academic teaching hospital
  • Additional mentored research year available for aspiring academic research physicians
  • For more information, contact Timothy Brennan, MD

Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry (Mount Sinai West / James J. Peters VA Medical Center)

  • ACGME accredited; 1-year duration
  • Open to physicians who have completed residency in psychiatry
  • Rotations include inpatient detox/rehab unit as primary rotation plus addiction consults or pain management as a secondary rotation at Mount Sinai West, and outpatient clinic/methadone program at James J. Peters VA Medical Center (Bronx VA).
  • Additional mentored research year available for aspiring academic research physicians
  • For more information, visit the fellowship website or contact Manassa Hany, MD

Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry (Mount Sinai Beth Israel)

  • ACGME accredited; 1-year duration
  • Open to physicians who have completed residency in psychiatry
  • Rotations include an acute dual-diagnosis inpatient psychiatry unit, active continuity of care addiction psychiatry ambulatory program, ambulatory detoxification and chemical dependency treatment, dedicated hospital-based inpatient detoxification/rehabilitation unit, Mount Sinai’s system-wide opioid treatment program (the largest in New York City), and an addiction consultation service in a large culturally diverse academic teaching hospital
  • Additional mentored research year available for aspiring academic research physicians
  • For more information, visit the fellowship website or contact Melinda Lantz, MD

Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowship (Mount Sinai West / Mount Sinai Morningside)

Internships, Externships, and Clerkships

Clinical-Research Social Work Internships (Mount Sinai Hospital)

  • Internship for graduate social work students in collaboration with the Department of Social Work Services; 1-year duration
  • Open to master’s students applying for field placement at Mount Sinai
  • Additional mentored research opportunities are available for PhD candidates in social work (2-3 year duration)
  • For more information, contact Keren Bach, PhD 

Mental Health Counseling Graduate School Internship for Inpatient Detox/Rehab (Mount Sinai West)

  • 1 academic year duration
  • Open to graduate students enrolled in accredited mental health counseling masters programs
  • Additional mentored clinical year available for graduate to obtain post-graduate clinical hours for licensure
  • For more information, contact Laura Diamond

Master of Social Work School Internship for Opioid Treatment Program (Mount Sinai West)

  • 1 academic year duration
  • Open to graduate students enrolled in accredited master of social work programs
  • For more information, contact Ingrid Pascali

Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship (Mount Sinai West / Mount Sinai Morningside)

  • 12-month, APA-approved internship beginning July 1 and ending the last week of June each training year
  • Open only to master’s-level psychologists enrolled in APA-accredited doctoral programs
  • Internship includes at least one 4-month rotation in the Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai and other addictions-related training
  • Applications are due on the APPIC universal due date for pre-doctoral internships
  • For more information, visit the internship website or contact Leora Heckelman, PhD

Psychology Externship (Mount Sinai West / Mount Sinai Morningside)

  • 12 months, 16 hours per week beginning in July and ending in June each training year
  • Open only to master’s-level psychologists enrolled in APA-accredited doctoral programs
  • Applications are due on universal wiki due date
  • For more information, contact Joseph Ruggiero, PhD or Leora Heckelman, PhD

Advanced Clerkship in Addiction Medicine (Mount Sinai West)

  • 2 weeks or 1 month duration
  • Includes exposure to inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation units, opioid treatment programs and outpatient substance use disorder counselling programs
  • Requires pre-approval from Mount Sinai Registrar’s Office and completion of either internal medicine or psychiatry clerkship
  • For more information, contact Mount Sinai Registrar