Exclusive learning opportunity for adolescent substance use treatment

Virtual Pediatric Rotations at Boston Children's Hospital Pediatric Addiction Medicine Fellowship

The Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Addiction Medicine Fellowship is taking applications from fellows in other addiction medicine programs (deadline January 6, 2023) for one-week virtual learning experiences in the first half of 2023 (January-May).

Because of the particular challenges posed by the cognitive and developmental changes that mark adolescence, treatment for adolescent substance use requires a distinctive approach that recognizes and respects adolescents’ desire for independence while understanding the special vulnerabilities of this period of life.

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Workshop Abstract Deadline Extended

All program faculty, fellows, and program administrators: 

The deadline has been extended to submit abstracts for sessions on any of the core workshop areas.

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Happy #GivingTuesday from ACAAM

Happy Giving Tuesday!

Today, #GivingTuesday, support the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine's mission to promote academic excellence and inspire leadership in addiction medicine.
 
What is Giving Tuesday? 
Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. 
 
How does Giving Tuesday support the organization? 
While membership dues support our core services and operating budget of the organization, innovative programs begin because of the philanthropic efforts of members coming together to create transformative change within addiction medicine. 
 
ACAAM remains independent of commercial entities and interests and is beholden only to the best interests of patients and the science that supports our training. 
 
Where does my money go? 
Your gift, no matter the size, allows the organization to develop education, support new and existing addiction medicine fellowship programs, and nurture the future of the field.
 
Is my donation tax deductible? 
Yes! You will receive more information including ACAAM tax exemption details once you donate. 
 
We greatly appreciate your support for the future of academic addiction medicine!
 

Donate Today 

Veterans Day and Addiction Medicine

ACAAM honors veterans and addiction medicine specialists who served their country this Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, we honor our veterans and share our profound gratitude for their sacrifices. We also thank the addiction medicine specialists who tirelessly treat veterans with substance use disorders and lead them into recovery. This year, we'd like to highlight two addiction medicine specialists who not only treat veterans, but were veterans themselves. 

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Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

2023 ACAAM Annual Meeting
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

April 11-12, 2023 | Gaylord National Resort | National Harbor, MD

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University of Minnesota's 2021 Annual Meeting Fellow Lightning Round Presentation

Jeremiah Fairbanks, DO presented “Safe Station Initiative” during the June 2021 Annual Meeting’s Fellows Lightning Round session. Dr. Fairbanks is a graduate of the University of Minnesota's Addiction Medicine fellowship program.

Dr. Fairbanks' presentation explored the Safe Station initiative, which strives to provide culturally sensitive low threshold substance use disorder treatment in underserved and predominantly African American neighborhoods. The initiative connects first responders with community-based peer recovery services to provide immediate service to individuals seeking help for addiction and substance abuse.

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Boston Medical Center's 2021 Annual Meeting Fellows Lightning Round Presentation

Jordana Laks, MD MPH, and Morgan Younkin, MD MPH, then-fellows from the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center, presented "Outpatient Benzodiazepine Taper in a Low Barrier Setting" at the 2021 ACAAM Annual Meeting.

Drs. Laks and Younkin's presentation explored the development of an outpatient extended-duration benzodiazepine taper protocol for patients with benzodiazepine use disorder in a low barrier addiction treatment bridge clinic. The need for a benzodiazepine taper protocol was demonstrated by clinical experience with a small number of individualized benzodiazepine tapers in this setting as well as a literature review supporting the benefits of extended duration tapers. The developed protocol includes patient eligibility criteria, a standardized stabilization phase, taper duration of 4-6 weeks, and recommended monitoring.

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MetroHealth's 2021 Annual Meeting Fellows Lightning Round Presentation

At the 2021 ACAAM Annual Meeting, David Tracy, MD, presented "Nicotine Patch Prescription Fulfillment Rate for Emergency Department Patients" during the Fellows Lightning Round session. Dr. Tracy is a 2021 graduate of MetroHealth's addiction medicine fellowship program.

Dr. Tracy's presentation reviewed a study he conducted with Charles Emerman, MD, and Jon Siff, MD, that evaluated fill rates for prescription nicotine patches (NRT-P) from the Emergency Department. The study was conducted because prior work has demonstrated that many Emergency Department patients fail to fill their NRT-P prescriptions.

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Attend the ACAAM Member Reception at AMERSA

November 11, 2022, 6 - 7 PM EDT

We can't wait to see our members who are attending the 2022 AMERSA Annual Conference. Stop by from 6-7 pm EDT at the Hyatt Regency Boston, Quincy Room. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. 

No registration is necessary. We look forward to seeing our members there!

Rescheduled Member Fellow-Only Virtual Convening

ACAAM Member Fellow-Only Virtual Convening 
November 1, 1:30 - 3:30 pm EDT

Addiction medicine fellows (ACAAM Members) are invited to join a virtual convening to learn about addiction medicine careers. Louis E. Baxter, Sr., MD DFASM DABAM, will present, "Careers in Addiction Medicine: What Can I Do Within My Specialty?". This presentation will include an overview of career options within the field, many of which you have probably not even thought about. Dr. Baxter's presentation will be followed by small group networking. 

Check your email for your link! We hope to see you there. 

Members in the News: Gail D'Onofrio

Join us in congratulating our dedicated ACAAM Board Member, Gail D’Onofrio, MD MS, on receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University this September. Dr. D’Onofrio is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale University and Physician-in Chief of Emergency Services at Yale New Haven Hospital. Congratulations again!

ACAAM Partnered with ASAM during NATW

This October 17-21, during National Addiction Treatment Week (NATW), ACAAM partnered with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) to help inspire upcoming leaders in addiction medicine. NATW is an initiative that highlights the treatment gap between the number of patients who need addiction treatment and the qualified medical professionals available to treat addiction. The partnership between the organizations included an effort to share fellows’ stories about the importance of addiction medicine fellowships. See their videos and more on the NATW website.

Announcing the 2022 -2023 AOD Health Richard Saitz Editorial Internship Recipient

ACAAM recently partnered with AOD Health to recruit the publication’s first-ever Richard Saitz Editorial Intern. Congratulations to this year’s recipient, Corey McBrayer, DO, from OhioHealth! Dr. McBrayer will join AOD Health Associate Editors to co-author summaries of current addiction medicine literature. This internship also includes participation in podcasts, interviews with authors, and more. Congratulations again to Dr. McBrayer, and thank you to all who applied for this opportunity!

Open Didactic Session: August 31, International Overdose Awareness Day

Working Together to Reduce Harm and Improve Safety for People Who Use Substances
August 31, 2022, 2 - 4 pm EDT

As part of the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine National Addiction Medicine Didactic series, we are hosting an open access session (anyone can attend) on August 31, International Overdose Awareness Day. This two-hour webinar will feature a didactic presentation on harm reduction in addiction medicine by Alexander Y. Walley, MD MSc, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, followed by a panel discussion with a multidisciplinary group on the front lines of substance use care focused on working together to reduce harm and improve safety for people who use substances.

Panelists:
Emily Lapidus, LICSW, Social Worker, Boston Medical Center Addiction Consult Service, Boston, MA
Stephen Murray, NRP, MPH, Community Implementation Specialist, Boston Medical Center Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit, Boston, MA
Theresa Rolley, CARC, Wellness and Recovery Advocate, Boston Medical Center Addiction Consult Service, Boston, MA





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Richard Saitz Addiction Medicine Editorial Internship

Fellow Internship Opportunity: ACAAM Partners with AOD Health for Editorial Internship Opportunity

ACAAM has partnered with the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center and its Alcohol, Other Drugs & Health: Current Evidence (AOD Health) newsletter to create an editorial internship for a 2022-2023 addiction medicine fellow. The editorial intern will be mentored by senior addiction medicine faculty to gain experience in rigorous review of the addiction medicine literature and the field of academic publishing.

The internship, which will be directed by Darius Rastegar, MD, from Johns Hopkins Medicine, will commence on October 1 and require the selected intern to spend approximately 5 hours per month on several tasks included in the official position description and application form. The selected fellow will receive a $2,000 stipend for the work.

The deadline to apply is August 31. If you have questions, contact AOD Health Editorial Director Casy Calver at [email protected]

 APPLY NOW. 

A letter from Dr. Alex Walley: Help grow the addiction medicine field

Dear Colleagues,

The American College of Academic Addiction Medicine (ACAAM) is built from our members’ determination and passion for advancing academic addiction medicine. With our first year of membership coming to a close, we are so grateful for your energy, ingenuity, and focus to create a healthier future for those across this nation who need high-quality substance use care.

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Gift an ACAAM Membership

Give the Gift of ACAAM Membership

Looking for something to gift your graduating fellows? 

ACAAM is providing the opportunity for Program Directors and Administrators to gift their graduating fellows their 2022-2023 ACAAM membership. Please click the link, below, to gift a graduating fellow a Recent Fellowship Graduate Membership ($100). Select the amount of memberships you would like to gift and upload a roster with their information. We'll handle the rest!

Membership Gifting

Please download this certificate to share the great news with your fellows about their new membership. 

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Addiction Medicine Fellowship Recruitment Fair

With Addiction Medicine about to begin a new application season, some 180 fellowship representatives and potential candidates turned out to meet one another on May 11 for the second ACAAM virtual Addiction Medicine Recruitment Fair.

On hand were ACAAM President Jeanette Tetrault, MD, and ACAAM Vice President for Medical and Academic Affairs Timothy Brennan, MD, MPH, who gave an informative overview of addiction medicine training. Attendees were then free to network for the remainder of the event, with potential applicants visiting fellowships at individual virtual breakout “tables.”

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University of Nebraska's 2021 Annual Meeting Fellows Lightning Round Presentation

At the 2021 ACAAM Annual Meeting held virtually, Claudia Moore, then a fellow at the University of Nebraska (and now faculty in the Addiction Medicine fellowship program), presented a case report titled, "PEth Testing and Liver Transplant Evaluations," which she created along with Alëna Balasanova, MD, and VaKara Meyer Karre, MD.

The case, which is still in progress, is of a critically ill adult man on the liver transplant list with a significantly elevated PEth and an adamant history, confirmed by family and consistent through his hospital stay, of only distant minimal alcohol use. Dr. Moore's presentation explored the background of the case, the patient's history, the results of laboratory testing, and the follow-up provided.

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REACH Application Deadline is June 30

REACH Application Deadline is June 30

ACAAM is a proud partner in REACH (REACH: Recognizing and Eliminating disparities in Addiction through Culturally informed Healthcare), which is supported by a federal grant to the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.

Minority candidates for 2023-24 Addiction Medicine fellowships are encouraged to apply for the REACH Scholar program, which provides funding as well as additional training, mentorship and scholarly activity.

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