Enhanced Skills Program: Addiction Medicine

addiction medicine


Overall Program Vision

The Addiction Medicine program is a one-year program aimed at providing the family physician with skills to treat addiction medicine patients in both an urban setting or a rural setting. The program is aimed at both the recently graduated family medicine physician as well as those who have been in independent practice for some time. Training is offered in collaboration between St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Application - Eligibility Specifics

Family Medicine/Enhanced Skills Match:

- Trainees currently enrolled in a CFPC accredited program, who hold a postgraduate education certificate of registration or equivalent in their province are eligible for the Match.

Off-cycle applicants: PGY2 residents with completion dates between July 1 and December 31, 2021 are also eligible but must declare their completion date on the application form and request a late start.  You may only apply to the match one time.  While some programs are able to admit residents' off-cycle, others are not. Off-cycle applicants will remain eligible to apply to the following year's match recognizing that they may have obtained an independent practice license in the interim period.

- Residents currently enrolled in ACGME accredited Family Medicine residency programs in the U.S. who are Canadidan citizens or Permanent Residents may apply to the PGY3 FM Addiction Medicine Match if they meet the CFPC requirements outlined on the College of Family Physicians of Canada website at:  http://www.cfpc.ca/Home/. Further information is available on the CaRMS Provincial Eligibility site. Information regarding licensure requirements is available at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario site.

Not eligible to apply through CaRMS:

- International Sponsored Visa Trainees: This program accepts sponsored trainee applicants* from countries with a training agreement with the University of Toronto Post MD Education Office. The University currently has training agreements in place with: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Sponsored Visa Trainees from these countries must apply directly through the Post MD Education Office. Our program is unable to consider applicants from countries where a training agreement is not currently in place.

*Selection determined by application program review and program capacity

- Practicing Family Physicians are not eligible for the PGY3 FM Addiction Medicine Match but may access PGY3 FM Addiction Medicine training via the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Re-Entry program.  Re-Entry Program information is available at the following website:  MOHLTC Re-Entry Program Information 

Length of Program

One Year (52 Weeks) - Full Time

Curriculum Competencies

The Addiction Medicine Residency Program adheres to CanMEDS-FM goals and objectives to achieve the following competencies:
  1. Medical Expert
  2. Communicator
  3. Collaborator
  4. Manager
  5. Scholar
  6. Health Advocate
  7. Professional

For complete details, please read the Addiction Medicine Program Goals and Objectives.


Sample Rotation

Rotations include:
  • managing inpatients with addiction medicine related disorders in a community hospital ( St. Josephs’ Health Centre)
  • managing inpatients for primary addiction medicine related disorders at CAMH in their medical withdrawal unit
  • managing outpatients with addiction and concurrent disorders in both St. Joseph’s Health Centre, CAMH, and a variety of community -based outpatient clinics
  • co-facilitating residential and outpatient group therapy programs
  • managing patients with chronic pain and opioid use disorders
  • managing patients with pregnancy and addiction disorders
  • exposure to patients in a variety of areas that could include addictions and youth, Aboriginal population, eating disorders, hepatitis C clinics, concurrent disorders, gambling disorders
  • exposure and experience in running groups for relapse prevention
  • exposure to the use of telemedicine in the area of addiction medicine, particularly for the use in remote communities
  • Optional participation in clinical research

Rotation Goals & Objectives:


Unique Program Requirements

There is an opportunity within this program to obtain one’s methadone license. Participation in weekly addictions rounds and group education sessions. Completion of a QI or research project.

Program Director

Dr. Nikki Bozinoff, MD, CCFP  Nikki.Bozinoff@camh.ca

To Apply

Please see Family Medicine/Enhanced Skills Match