Vanderbilt Addiction Center (VAC)
The mission of the Vanderbilt Addiction Center (VAC) is to provide comprehensive and integrated clinical care services to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for adults and adolescents suffering from substance abuse-related disorders and to support the educational and research missions of VUMC and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. To that end, VAC's objectives include the provision of exemplary clinical care within a managed care environment from a perspective that spans the life cycle, to support clinical and researchtraining and to support multidisciplinary, collaborative researchacross clinical and basic sciences.
The clinical services of the VAC have the capacity to provide graded levels of care as indicated by the individual patient's clinical severity, psychiatric comorbidity and medical complications. Patients enter at any level from various sources (self- and physician-referral, other health care professional or an EAP) and move between various levels of care as their needs change inthe course of treatment. Due to the interdisciplinary structure of the program, both psychiatric and medical aspects of chemical dependency are addressed simultaneously.
The VAC experience, therefore, provides an opportunity to participate in a unique patient care approach crossing departmental boundaries. The VAC resident can acquire the basic fund of psychiatric and medical knowledge needed for management of these often complex patients. Furthermore, observation of the interactions between attending psychiatrist and internist in the care of shared patients can be beneficial for development of skills required for effective consultation-liaison work.