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Addiction Medicine Fellowship FAQ’s

When does the program begin?

We are recruiting now to start on July 1st, 2024 and have one open position! If interested please reach out to Nayab Alam, program coordinator at

How long is the program?

Kern Medical offers a one-year comprehensive training program designed to equip healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the ever-evolving healthcare industry.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  1. Before entering the Primary Care Addiction Medicine (ADM) Fellowship program applicants must have completed training in an ACGME-approved residency and be board-eligible or board-certified in an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) program in either Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine or Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  2. All applicants must have or be eligible to obtain a California Medical License and a DEA number.
  3. All applicants must follow the policies and procedures regarding eligibility and selection criteria for the Primary Care Addiction Medicine Fellowship.
  4. Applicants must also comply with the eligibility requirements outlined by the Office of Graduate Medical Education.

How do I apply?


  1. All applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service, (ERAS) and provide all required documentation for Kern Medical’s Primary Care Addiction Medicine Fellowship.
  2. Qualified applicants will be screened and invited for an in-person or virtual interview with fellowship faculty after the ERAS application is complete.
  3. Kern Medical's GME office will complete the credentialing process, including education and license verification, background checks, and a urine drug screen after trainees match with the program.

Fingerprinting and a criminal background check must be completed prior to working in Kern Medical's clinics.

We will continue to recruit for any unfilled positions on a rolling basis.

Is Moonlighting available?

In this program, the feature of moonlighting is available. By utilizing this feature, fellows can supplement their income, gain new skills, and expand their professional networks.

Why join Kern Medical?

Working at Kern Medical offers a fulfilling and impactful career path with an opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives. Our hospital is deeply rooted in the community, providing a sense of purpose and connection that is truly rewarding. Our commitment to excellence in patient care is matched by our dedication to our employees' well-being, offering competitive benefits and a supportive work environment. Kern Medical is also a teaching hospital affiliated with the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, providing unique opportunities for education and research. Join us at Kern Medical and be part of a team that is making a difference in healthcare every day.

Why join your Primary Care Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program?

Joining our Primary Care Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program in Bakersfield, California, offers a unique opportunity to address the high demand for addiction medicine specialists in a diverse community. You'll gain valuable hands-on experience working with patients from various backgrounds, under the mentorship of experienced specialists. Making a difference in the lives of individuals struggling with addiction can have a profound impact on the community. Additionally, Bakersfield's strong healthcare community provides networking opportunities that can benefit your career long-term.

What are some benefits of living in Bakersfield, California?

Bakersfield, California, nestled in the southern part of the San Joaquin Valley, offers a unique blend of charm, affordability, and opportunity, making it an attractive place to call home. The city is more affordable compared to many other cities in California, especially in terms of housing, allowing you to get more space for your money compared to places like Los Angeles or San Francisco. Additionally, Bakersfield's proximity to larger cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco makes it easy to take weekend trips to explore these areas. Nature lovers will appreciate Bakersfield's proximity to stunning natural attractions such as the Sequoia National Forest and the Sierra Nevada mountains, offering endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. The city also has a strong sense of community, with many local events, festivals, and community activities throughout the year. Despite its size, Bakersfield boasts a vibrant cultural scene, with a rich history in country music and a growing arts community. Whether you're drawn to Bakersfield for its affordability, natural beauty, or strong sense of community, this city has something to offer everyone.

If you have any additional questions regarding the application process, please email our Program Coordinator,

Nayab Alam

The ACGME also asks that U.S. programs notify applicants of the length of the program. Addiction Medicine fellowship programs require 12 months of training. Kern Medical does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran's status.