2024 Fellow Graduation and Awards Recognition

5th Annual Addiction Medicine Fellow Virtual Graduation & ACAAM Awards Recognition Event

On June 5, 2024, ACAAM hosted the 5th Annual Addiction Medicine Fellow Virtual Graduation to honor the Class of 2024. Over 200 graduates were called out by name as they crossed the virtual stage. George Koob, PhD, Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and Nora Volkow, MD, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, gave the commencement remarks. New this year, the graduation event included recognition of the 2024 ACAAM Award recipients, James F. Callahan, DPA and Richard Saitz, MD MPH FACP DFASAM (posthumously). 

Alexander Y. Walley, MD MSc, ACAAM President, welcomed everyone to ACAAM's most favorite annual event. The event began with recognition of the 2024 award recipients announced by Jeanette M. Tetrault, MD, ACAAM Immediate Past President and Awards Committee Chair. For award recipient bios and acceptance remarks, refer to the 'Highlights' section below.


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Don't Miss the Virtual Fellow Lightning Round Presentations on May 15

ACAAM Member - Fellow Lightning Round Virtual Event on May 15

Make plans to join ACAAM on Wednesday, May 15 from 2-4 pm EDT. The 2024 Fellow Lightning Round Presentations will provide new insights and knowledge into various academic addiction medicine topics. Tune in next week as 19 addiction medicine fellows take the virtual stage for a 5-minute/5-slide presentation on topics of their choice. Explore the 2024 Presentation Summaries today for a sneak peek of what's to come.

We look forward to seeing you virtually next week!

Explore the Presentation Summaries

All ACAAM members have received an email with the Zoom link, make sure to access the event using that link on May 15. It will also be included in the upcoming ACAAM Weekly Digest.

 

Gift an ACAAM Recent Program Graduate Membership Today

Program Directors & Administrators: Empower Your Graduating Fellows

Attention Program Directors and Administrators: Empower your graduating fellows with an ACAAM Recent Fellowship Program Graduate Membership! As they step into the professional world, give them the advantage of joining a vibrant community of academic addiction medicine peers and mentors. With this membership, your fellows gain access to invaluable resources such as board prep materials, networking opportunities, and career guidance. Don't miss out on this chance to invest in their future success!

Give the gift of ACAAM today by purchasing a membership for your graduating fellow(s). Opt to receive gift cards to present to your graduate(s) for a personal touch. This opportunity is only available until June 14.

Gift ACAAM Membership

Renew Your ACAAM Membership Today

It's time to renew your ACAAM Membership

ACAAM Members: Your ACAAM membership runs on an academic year (July 1 - June 30) — make sure to renew your ACAAM membership today before your benefits expire on June 30. Visit www.acaam.org/login and click 'My Profile' to access your membership information. 

Renew Your Individual Membership

We look forward to Trainees, Fellows, and Recent Fellowship Program Graduates to continue on the renewal pathway to grow a network of addiction medicine peers and further your knowledge in the field. Trainees and Fellows will renew as a Recent Fellowship Program Graduate, and Recent Graduates will renew as Regular Members. Regular Members will continue as Regular Members. 

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Give the Gift of ACAAM to your Graduate(s)

Looking for something to gift your graduating fellows?

ACAAM is providing the opportunity for Program Directors and Administrators to gift their graduating fellows their ACAAM membership for the 2024-2025 renewal cycle. Please click the link below to gift a graduating fellow a Recent Fellowship Graduate Membership ($105). Select the number of memberships you would like to gift, enter the graduating fellow's contact information, and submit your payment. We'll handle the rest!

Gift A Membership Today!
The Gifting Process
  • Upon receipt of your form submission and payment, ACAAM will update your graduating fellow's profile indicating membership is paid through June 30, 2025.
  • The individual receives an automated email noting payment and an updated membership expiration date of June 30, 2025.
  • An ACAAM team member follows up with an email to inform them of the gifted purchase.
  • As part of the gifting program, ACAAM can also mail you gift cards to present to your graduate(s). This option is available through June 14, 2024. Please allow for 7-10 business days to receive the gift cards. 

A message from President Alexander Walley, MD MSc, about gifting:
"A core mission of Addiction Medicine Fellowships and ACAAM is to ensure that our graduates are equipped to become board certified and deliver high quality addiction specialty care. By gifting the graduating fellows with a new graduate ACAAM membership, our fellowship makes sure that our fellows can stay connected with fellowship programs and training. They maintain access to ACAAM's ADEPT training exam as a membership benefit which will help them prepare for their board exam, which most take in the fall after they graduate. They also can access the weekly Wednesday Didactic Series that can keep them current on core addiction medicine clinical issues. Experiencing the benefits of an individual ACAAM membership will help graduates continue as ACAAM members and help grow academic addiction medicine."

AMERSA 2024 Call for Abstracts, Workshops, & Awards

Make Your Submissions by May 1 for AMERSA's 2024 Annual Conference

AMERSA is now accepting submissions for abstracts, workshops, and conference awards until Wednesday, May 1. Whether you have research to share, an innovative workshop idea, or are seeking a conference award to join AMERSA in Chicago, now is the time to submit! 

Mark your calendars for AMERSA's 48th Annual Conference, taking place November 14–16 in Chicago, IL. This year's event will feature oral abstract sessions, live poster sessions, and interactive skills-based workshops. 

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Register Today: ACAAM Specialty Showcase for Residents and Students

ACAAM Hosts Virtual Event for Anyone Interested in Addiction Medicine Fellowship Opportunities

Calling all medical students, residents, physicians, or anyone interested in learning more about addition medicine fellowship opportunities and the field as a potential career path! Join us for ACAAM's virtual Specialty Showcase on May 7 at 3 pm ET.

Exclusive Offer:

Register now and gain 2 months of complimentary access to the following ACAAM didactic sessions:

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2023 Annual Report: By the Numbers

Explore ACAAM's 2023 Highlights: Growth in Membership and Engagement

Dive into the highlights of ACAAM's journey towards academic excellence and leadership in addiction medicine. Our 2023 Annual Report, titled "By the Numbers," showcases our key achievements across various fronts:
  • Membership Updates
  • Networking and Engagement 
  • Education, Programs, & Products
  • Workforce and Academic Development
  • Financial Outlook

Join us in celebrating these milestones and envisioning a future of excellence and equity in academic addiction medicine! Learn more about ACAAM's mission.

ACAAM by the Numbers

Congratulations to the ACAAM 2024 Award Recipients

2024 ACAAM Award Recipients: James F. Callahan, DPA, and Richard Saitz, MD MPH FACP DFASM

Congratulations to the 2024 ACAAM Award Recipients, recognizing exemplary achievements in academic addiction medicine! Our appreciation goes out to James F. Callahan, DPA, for being selected as the recipient of the 2024 Kevin B. Kunz Award. Additionally, we extend our tribute to the late Richard Saitz, MD MPH FACP DFASAM, for being selected as the recipient of the 2024 Keeper of the Flame Award.

Mark your calendars for June 5 and join us at the Annual Addiction Medicine Fellow Virtual Graduation and ACAAM Awards Recognition Event. Let's come together to celebrate these remarkable individuals who have made significant contributions to our field. 

ACAAM Award Recipients

Upcoming ACAAM Early Career Education Series - Part 2

Join us on January 17 for Part 2 of the ACAAM Early Career Education Series About Disseminating Your Research

Part 2 of the ACAAM Early Career Education Series is coming up on Wednesday, January 17, from 3-4 pm ET. Join us for a presentation on "Dissemination of Your Work and Research Through Manuscripts and Conference Submissions." This is the second part of a three-part series for fellows, recent program graduates, and junior faculty.

The final session will be held on February 15 at 3 pm ET. 

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Thank You to Our ACAAM Volunteers!

Explore the Full List of ACAAM's Volunteer Community

In a year of gratitude, we want to thank our 2023 ACAAM Member Volunteers for their unwavering dedication to advancing addiction medicine. We are also thrilled to welcome new faces and names—Committee and Advisory Group Volunteers—who bring unique perspectives to our community.

Click below to view the full list of volunteers and see who's driving the future of addiction medicine.

View the List of ACAAM Volunteers

Upcoming ACAAM Virtual Learning Series - Part 2

Register for Part 2 of the ACAAM Virtual Learning Series on January 11

Join us for the second part of our ACAAM Virtual Learning Series, "Leveraging ACGME Requirements to Create a Community-Based Addiction Medicine Rotation to Educate and Mentor Internists in Harm Reduction," on Thursday, January 11, from 3-4 pm ETThis FREE session is the second part of a three-part series geared toward faculty in established and emerging fellowship programs, although all are welcome.

The final session will be held on April 18 at 3 pm ET. 

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Congratulations to Our ACAAM Board Member

Congratulations to Gail D'Onofrio on Her Achievement!

In October, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) announced the election of 90 regular members during its annual meeting. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. 

Among the 90 new members was Gail D’Onofrio, MD MS, an ACAAM board member who serves as the Albert E. Kent Professor of Emergency Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and Professor of Medicine, Core Addiction at Yale University. She earned this prestigious honor “For foreseeing the exploding opioid misuse epidemic, identifying the opportunity during emergency care, and developing knowledge and policy to change the practice. Her studies on alcohol-related seizures, alcohol interventions, and emergency department-initiated buprenorphine are transformative. Her implementation science studies enhanced the migration of research into practice".

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New Educational Offerings for ACAAM Members

Explore the ACAAM Virtual Learning Series and ACAAM Early Career Education Series

We are excited to announce two new series for ACAAM members that will provide valuable education and professional development – the ACAAM Virtual Learning Series and the ACAAM Early Career Education Series. Both series are free to attend, and registration links will be emailed to ACAAM members in advance of each session. Be sure to mark your calendars to join us!

ACAAM Virtual Learning Series

The ACAAM Virtual Learning Series is a three-part series offering content to ACAAM members covering topics related to teaching, education, curriculum development, leadership and administrative development, as well as competencies (including cultural humility, healthcare equity, AR-DEI, and lifelong learning).

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ACAAM President Jeanette Tetrault, MD, Honored by AMERSA

Jeanette Tetrault, MD, Awarded AMERSA's John P. McGovern Award

We are excited to announce that ACAAM President Jeanette Tetrault, MD, was awarded the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA) John P. McGovern Award for Excellence in Medical Education!

The AMERSA John P. McGovern Award is given to an individual who has made important contributions to substance use education and research. Previous recipients of this award include Ricky N. Bluthenthal, PhD; Marc N. Gourevitch, MD, MPH; and Julia H. Arnsten, MD, MPH, among others.

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ACAAM Board Member Dr. Gail D’Onofrio Honored with AWAEM Legacy Award

Gail D’Onofrio, MD, MS, Receives the AWAEM Legacy Award for Her Outstanding Work in the Field

Please join us in congratulating ACAAM Board Member Gail D’Onofrio, MD, MS, for being the inaugural winner of the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM) Gloria Kuhn Legacy Award!

The AWAEM Legacy Award is given to a woman faculty member who has made outstanding contributions through clinical work, teaching, mentorship, role modeling, or administration. It is awarded to those who contribute significantly to the field of Emergency Medicine, which makes Dr. D'Onofrio the perfect recipient.

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May Event Recaps

ACAAM's Specialty Showcase and Virtual Convenings

In May, ACAAM hosted its first Specialty Showcase and three Virtual Convenings for member segments.

Specialty Showcase – May 9

As a part of ACAAM’s commitment to growing the pipeline of future fellows, earlier this month, we held our first Specialty Showcase event, which was an opportunity for residents, medical students, and others who were interested in learning more about addiction medicine fellowships to get the basics and ask their questions. More than 100 registered for the event, with approximately 45 participating live, and the event recording has been shared with all registrants.

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MERF Scholarships Available Through May 24

The Medical Education and Research Foundation for the Treatment of Addiction (MERF) is offering scholarship opportunities for residents, fellows, and faculty to attend the 2023 California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) Review Course and the MERF 4-day Mentored Learning Experience, including a half-day preconference workshop: Motivational Interviewing for Busy Clinicians and Educators.

This year's CSAM-MERF Conferences will be held from August 30-September 2 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego CA.

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2023 Annual Meeting Recap

The Successes of the 2023 ACAAM Annual Meeting

More than 130 attendees took part in ACAAM’s first in-person Annual Meeting before 2020, and the event was outstanding!

Event Kickoff Draws Rave Reviews
Kicking off the event, Drs. Ekene Ojukwu from the University of California, San Francisco, and Kenny Morford from Yale University, led attendees on an exploration of Visual Thinking Strategies, a teaching approach using art and humanities to foster open discussions, enable individual reflection, share perspectives, and recognize and challenge biases. Attendees participated in small group exercises to discuss art and engaged in report-outs with their colleagues. Many attendees had never participated in an exercise like this and said they planned to take it back to their institutions.

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Annual Meeting: Know Before You Go

Important Reminders for Attending #ACAAM2023

Meeting Location:

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center

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