Volunteer Opportunties

Looking to become more involved in ACAAM? 

There are many ways to participate in the organization's activities. The ACAAM Call for Volunteers is Open until Monday, October 2, 1 pm CT

ACAAM offers long-term and short-term volunteer opportunities. Pick which fits best for your schedule and interests. 

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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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Renew Your ACAAM Membership

It's time to renew your ACAAM Membership

Your ACAAM membership runs on an academic year (July 1 - June 30). Find your 2023-2024 membership invoice in your account and renew 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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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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Give the Gift of ACAAM

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. 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 email [email protected] to request cards to provide your fellows based on the amount of memberships purchased. 

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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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REGISTER TODAY: ACAAM Specialty Showcase for Residents and Students

ACAAM Hosts Open Event For Anyone Interested in Addiction Medicine

As part of our mission and dedication to help grow the addiction medicine workforce, ACAAM will be hosting a virtual Specialty Showcase for residents, medical students, practicing physicians, or anyone with general interest in learning more about the field of addiction medicine May 9 at 3 PM EDT.

This virtual informational session, led by ACAAM President Jeanette Tetrault, MD FACP FASAM, and Vice President for Medical and Academic Affairs, Tim Brennan, MD MPH, will provide an opportunity for anyone, no matter where they are in their career or decision-making process, to learn more about addiction medicine fellowships and the field as a potential career path.

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Annual Meeting Registration to Close March 31

#ACAAM2023's Registration Ends March 31

Get your tickets while they last! 

Starting the evening of Tuesday, April 11, plan to join us for an educational offering and Welcome Reception to kick start our meeting, networking opportunities, and so much more.

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AMERSA 2023 Call for Abstracts

AMERSA 2023 Call for Abstracts Now Open Through May 1

AMERSA is now accepting submissions for abstracts, workshops, conference awards, and award nominations.


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NRMP Call for Public Comment

Consideration of a Voluntary Locking Functionality for Program Rank Order Lists

The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP) is evaluating the utility of a proposed Rank Order List Lock functionality for programs and requests your input. The public comment period will be open through Wednesday, April 19, 2023. Read the call for public comment in its entirety and access the survey on the NRMP website.

We appreciate you taking time to review the proposal and provide your perspective so discussion about the proposed functionality, including community feedback, can be held at the May 2023 meeting of the NRMP Board of Directors.

ACAAM 4th Annual Graduation Event

ACAAM's 4th Annual Graduation Event

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2022-2023!

In celebration, we'd like to invite you to join us for ACAAM's 4th Annual Addiction Medicine Fellow Graduation.

Fellows, you are encouraged to share this invitation with your family, friends, and colleagues to support you.

Thursday, June 8
6:00 pm EDT

Zoom link. No registration necessary.


Brief live remarks will be given by George Koob, PhD, Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and recorded remarks will be provided by Admiral Rachel L. Levine, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Nora Volkow, MD, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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Dr. Alex Walley Honored with 2023 Training Directors Award

ACAAM President-Elect, Dr. Walley, Receives 2023 Training Directors Award

We'd like to congratulate the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine's Board of Directors President-Elect, Alexander Walley, MD MSc, for being the recipient of the American Society of Addiction Medicine - ASAM 2023 Training Directors Award. Dr. Walley will be presented this award at ASAM's Annual Conference this April, the same week as the ACAAM Annual Meeting.  Congratulations!

About the 2023 ASAM Training Directors Award:
This award recognizes outstanding training in the evaluation, treatment, research and teaching of substance use disorders. Recipients of this award are training directors for accredited addiction medicine programs who have demonstrated leadership and vision in local program development, curriculum development and innovation in teaching and training methods. The recipients of this award must be noted to inspire trainees and colleagues alike with a passion for the practice of addiction medicine. 

About Dr. Walley:
Dr. Walley is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and a general internist and addiction medicine specialist at Boston Medical Center (BMC). He has been the director of the Boston Medical Center Addiction Medicine Fellowship program since 2011. His research focus is on the medical complications of substance use, specifically HIV and overdose. He provides primary care and office-based addiction treatment for patients with HIV at Boston Medical Center and on the inpatient Addiction Consult Service, which he founded in 2015. He is the medical director for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Pilot Program. Since 2007, the MDPH program has trained over 80,000 people in Massachusetts’s communities, including people who use opioids, people in recovery, and their social networks. He graduated from Harvard College, and received his MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Masters of Science in epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health.

Attend the ACAAM Annual Meeting: https://www.acaam.org/2023-annual-meeting 

Comment Period for New DEA Telehealth Rules Through March 31

As you may know, in late February, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced proposed permanent rules for the prescribing of controlled medications via telemedicine. Members can learn more about these general rules here, and review the formal proposed rules here

There is a 30-day public comment period which ends on March 31, 2023, so if you are interested in providing input, you may do so by clicking here and clicking on the Green “Submit a Formal Comment” button at the top of the screen. Please keep in mind that all comments received, including attachments and other supporting materials, are considered part of the public record and will be made available by DEA for public inspection online, here.

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#ACAAM2023: Opening and Closing Plenaries

Opening PlenaryEquity Matters: Integrating and Enhancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Graduate Medical Education
We are thrilled to announce Pilar Ortega, MD MGM, will present the Opening Plenary. Dr. Ortega, a nationally and internationally recognized expert in linguistically and culturally appropriate health care, recently joined the ACGME as Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. An emergency medicine-trained physician, she has more than 15 years' experience creating and evaluating innovative programs throughout the medical education continuum. Dr. Ortega will discuss DEI trends across the GME landscape, ACGME priorities related to creation of inclusive clinical learning environments, and share strategies for integrating and enhancing DEI efforts into a fellowship/GME program. 

Closing Plenary: Striving to Improve Addiction, Mental Health, and City Systems Through Inclusive Leadership
We are pleased to welcome Kevin M. Simon, MD, as our closing plenary speaker. Dr. Simon serves as the city of Boston’s first Chief Behavioral Health Officer and is also an attending psychiatrist at Boston Children's Hospital, an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Health Policy at Harvard University, and the Medical Director of Wayside Youth & Family Support Network. A former REACH Scholar and graduate of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Addiction Medicine Fellowship, Dr. Simon will provide an overview of the intersection of mental health and substance use and the importance of building inclusive systems of care to impact healthcare equity. He will discuss the significance of prevention, specifically among adolescents, and the importance of its inclusion in a fellowship’s curriculum. Additionally, Dr. Simon will share thoughts on the value of fellowship training, strategies for building the addiction medicine workforce pipeline, his career path, and the work he is doing for the City of Boston.

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CMS Offering Additional Funded Fellowship Slots – Application Deadline March 31

Application Deadline Upcoming for Additional Funded GME Slots 

Section 126 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), 2021, makes available an additional 1,000 FTE resident cap slots phased in at a rate of no more than 200 slots per year beginning in fiscal year 2023. The deadline for institutions to apply for these slots for the 2024-25 academic year, which can be used for Addiction Medicine Fellowship slots, is March 31, 2023.

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Fellow Lightning Round submissions selected

With an overwhelming number of submissions, we are looking forward to the 2023 Fellow Lightning Round presentations at this year’s annual meeting. These sessions will feature 5-minute, 5-slide presentations on original research, case reports, as well as clinical and educational innovations. See the list of concurrent sessions.

See the submissions: Fellow Lightning Round