The scaife 2014 class


The application period for 2018 is now closed. It was open from January 2, 2018 to February 28, 2018. Applications are likely to be accepted during the same months next year.

Thank you to our 2018 applicants for your interest. You will be notified about your acceptance status in early April.

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What is the Scaife Medical Student Fellowship in Substance Use Disorders?

With generous funding from the Scaife Family Foundation, IRETA is able to conduct this specialized program. The program offers students training in the field of addiction treatment and recovery incomparable to any they may have encountered in their prior medical school education or residency experience.

When is the program?

The Medical Student Fellowship is offered in two three-week sessions. Students are permitted to attend only one session. The 2018 options are June 4-22 or July 9-27.

Is there any financial compensation for participation in the program?

Participants will receive a $150 per week stipend and a $200 transportation allowance (for those traveling from outside the Pittsburgh area) for a total of $650 for the three weeks. Rooms and some meals are also provided.

What do the students do in the program?

Students who are accepted into the program participate in an intense learning experience. Their schedules include:

   Patient contact
   Group sessions with clients
   Rounds with resident physicians
   Opportunities to present what the students have learned

What are the benefits of participating in the Medical Student Fellowship?

This program will provide participants with a clinical experience to increase awareness and knowledge in the following areas:

  Screening and diagnosing substance use disorders
  Research on substance use disorders
  Brief motivational interviewing skills
   Adult and adolescent substance use disorders
  Neonatal treatment of chemically dependent infants
   Maternal addiction
   Special population issues in addiction treatment
   Professional impairment
   Residential/inpatient and outpatient treatment modalities
   Family issues in treatment
   Psychiatric co-morbidity
   Methadone maintenance
   Systems issues in addiction treatment
   Providing referrals to addiction treatment

Who is eligible to apply?

Only medical students attending U.S. medical schools will be eligible to participate in this program.

How many students will be accepted?

In order to optimize the clinical experience of the participants, eight students will be accepted for each session.


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