NEW for ACAAM Members - Faculty Development Series

The ACAAM Faculty Development Series is a new educational offering for all active ACAAM members provided at no additional cost. The series includes five on-demand sessions from the 2023-2024 Virtual Learning and Early Career Education series offering faculty development and early career development content. The first on-demand session is available now with additional releases after August 1. 

New sessions are scheduled over the next academic year. These sessions will be offered live (virtually) and available on-demand. Topics include decoding the ACGME alphabet soup of running a fellowship, how to advance in academic medicine careers - thinking about your academic career strategically, contract and salary negotiation, and transformative change - being a change agent in the field

Registration is required to access the live and recorded sessions. Active ACAAM Membership is required to register and access live and recorded sessions.

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Live Sessions Scheduled, 3 - 4 pm ET

August 7, 2024, Decoding the ACGME Alphabet Soup of Running a Fellowship - this session is presented by Claudia Moore, MD, and Kenneth Zoucha, MD, from the University of Nebraska. The ACGME guidelines for programs contain many specific standards to which addiction medicine fellowships are held. Two experienced program directors will review best practices, review guidelines in layman’s language and prepare faculty for success in program leadership and compliance with required activities.
Target Audience: Junior Faculty, Faculty new to program leadership, Core Faculty

November 21, 2024, Navigating the Bureaucracy of Academic Rank - Moving up the Academic Ladder - this session is presented by Jeff Haney, MD, Chair, Department of Medical Education and Clinical Services, Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Dr. Haney is considered an expert in faculty development. This presentation will focus on planning for and navigating an academic career, addressing the various tracks and career stages of session participants. The live presentation will include real-time active learning with small group breakouts. Be sure to attend live for an optimal learning experience. 
Target Audience: Trainees, Junior Faculty, Senior Faculty 

February 11, 2025, Contract and Salary Negotiation - the session will provide an overview of job offers in academic medicine with an emphasis on research, clinical, and educational positions, and will also covers key components of contract negotiation. Themes addressed include starting salaries and how to ask for more, raise structures, negotiating for non-salaried items, and academic center vs. private practice compensation structures. Join us live to have your questions answered. The session is presented by Scott Hadland, MD MPH MSChief of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Harvard Medical School. Be sure to join us in real time to get your questions answered.
Target Audience: Trainees, Junior Faculty

May 1, 2025, Transformative Change - hosted by Kevin B. Kunz, MD MPH, this session provides an overview of why a different change methodology is needed and what it means to be a true transformative change agent, as well as how to be one. Dr. Kunz will be joined by addiction medicine change agents sharing their impactful stories and the steps they took to make a difference. 
Target Audience: Trainees, Junior Faculty, Senior Faculty, Program Administrators

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First On-Demand Session Available Now!

On-demand and live sessions are only available to active ACAAM members. Registration is required. The first on-demand session is available now with additional releases after August 1.

Advocating on Behalf of Your Patients - The session will provide viewers with a nuanced understanding of the role of addiction medicine physicians as advocates. Viewers will obtain an understanding of a range of opportunities for advocacy, including for individual patients, at institutions, and at broader city, state and national levels, and concrete ideas for how to get more involved in advocacy. The session is presented by Sarah Wakeman, MDMedical Director for Substance Use Disorder at Mass General Brigham, Medical Director for the MGH Substance Use Disorder Initiative, program director of the Mass General Addiction Medicine fellowship, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Program for Substance Use and Addiction Services, MGH Division of General Internal Medicine. 

Dissemination of Your Work and Research Through Manuscripts and Conference Submissions - the session will provide learners with foundational knowledge around important areas for future career enhancement – submitting your work and research for publication and presentation. Viewers will learn mechanics for submitting conference abstracts and manuscripts to journals, as well as tangible ideas and steps for creating effective proposals for presentation at conferences. The session is presented by Elizabeth (Liz) Samuels, MD MPH MHS, an Addiction Medicine Board Certified Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at UCLA.

How to Start Your Own Inpatient Addiction Medicine Consult Service - During this session, the presenters, Elizabeth Johnson, MDDaniel Colby, MDAimee Moulin, MDDaniel Hernandez, MD, UC Davis Health Department of Emergency Medicine, provide a tool kit on how to start your own inpatient addiction medicine consult service. They discuss:
  • consult questions they commonly answer and services they provide,
  • hours they provide consults and the urgency in which they see consults,
  • how they provide value to hospital system in terms of reducing 30-day readmissions and mortality rates,
  • how they incorporate residents, fellows, social workers, toxicologist and pharmacist to staff this service,
  • how they navigate the intersection of opioid use disorder and pain, and
  • how this service supports DEI values.

Leveraging ACGME Requirements to Create a Community-Based Addiction Medicine Rotation to Educate and Mentor Internists in Harm Reduction - It is estimated that only 3,000 physicians are trained in addiction, compared to 21 million Americans who suffer from substance use disorders. Starting July 2022, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) required internal medicine (IM) programs to provide structured clinical experiences in addiction medicine. As addiction medicine specialists in neighboring urban institutions, we partnered to create a 2 week community-based rotation designed to expose internists-in-training to the principles of harm reduction and the importance of patient-centered care in substance use disorders. Residents were assigned a mixture of clinic-based activities including time in a methadone clinic and substance use treatment programs, mobile outreach to unhoused communities, harm reduction services, and group therapy. In keeping with traditional values in addiction medicine, all sites were multi-disciplinary and included recovery coaches, harm reduction specialists, pharmacists, care coordinators, social workers, and mental health workers with expertise in caring for those with substance use disorders, as well as leaders with lived experience. Presenters discuss the importance of building relationships with community organizations, and teaching residents about the communities they serve. The rotation emphasizes a harm reduction philosophy and reducing stigma for patients with substance use disorders, a philosophy which is often at odds with mainstream medicine. Presenters also discuss managing culture clashes, the difficulties of balancing learner needs and community partnerships, and promoting culture change through education. This session is presented by Elisabeth Poorman, MD MPH, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Sarah Messmer, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Frances Norlock, DO MPH FACP, Rush Medical College, and Sara Beeler-Stinn, PhD LCSW MPA, University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work.

Providing Addiction Care for the Unstably Housed Patient: Teaching Belonging & Connection - People experiencing homelessness (PEH) have increased rates of polysubstance use and more than 12x the risk of overdose compared to the general population (Fine, 2022). Being homeless makes it difficult to meet basic biological needs, and emergency shelters often utilize congregate living arrangements that can be challenging for people seeking recovery. The Housing First approach has been effective at providing PEH with rapid housing that can stabilize medical conditions without increasing substance use (Baxter, 2019). However, housing is only one step towards improved health, and an addiction treatment gap persists along the continuum of unsheltered homelessness to stable housing. Addiction medicine fellowship curricula must prepare the addiction workforce for the complex care needs of people with lived experience of homelessness (PLEH) to combat the escalating rates of homelessness and associated overdoses. This session, presented by Nicholaus Christian, MD MBA, Yale School of Medicine, frames curricular topics, such as trust-building practices and harm reduction approaches, that can be used to teach trainees how to engage PLEH in addiction treatment. Videos of PLEH are used to demonstrate the barriers that patients face in getting addiction care, and case-based discussions will model how to create an addiction care plan for someone who is unstably housed. This session helps to ensure every addiction medicine provider is prepared to teach belonging & connection to trainees in caring for patients with lived experience of homelessness.

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