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.

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].


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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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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Upcoming ACAAM Events

Upcoming Events: May and June

Addiction Medicine Fellowship Recruitment Fair
Wednesday, May 11, 7:30 pm EDT

Anticipation is building for the ACAAM Addiction Medicine Fellowship Recruitment Fair. The virtual 90-minute event will get under way with a welcome from ACAAM President Jeanette Tetrault, MD. Following a presentation on addiction medicine training by ACAAM Vice President for Medical and Academic Affairs Timothy Brennan, MD, MPH, the remainder of the fair will be a learning and networking opportunity where participants can visit fellowships at individual breakout “tables.” Residency programs across the nation have been invited to have their residents attend. Thank you to the program directors in the ACAAM Pipeline Task Group for helping plan the event. 

Virtual Addiction Medicine Fellowship Graduation
Thursday, June 9, 6:00 pm EDT

Two national leaders in addiction research will return to give the opening remarks for the 2022 Virtual Addiction Medicine Fellowship Graduation. Nora Volkow, MD, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, will join George Koob, PhD, Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in celebrating the Class of 2022, along with family, friends, faculty and others. Drs. Volkow and Koob, who have both been instrumental in advancing Addiction Medicine, also spoke at last year’s virtual graduation. Following their remarks, this year’s graduates will be recognized in a virtual procession of individual slides as ACAAM leaders announce their names.

St. Joseph Mercy's 2021 Annual Meeting Fellow Lightning Round Presentation

Brendan Sullivan, DO presented "Improving Rates of HIV/Hepatitis C Screening and Naloxone Co-prescription” during the June 2021 ACAAM Annual Meeting’s Fellows Lightning Round session. Dr. Sullivan is a 2021 graduate of the addiction medicine fellowship program at St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, MI.

Dr. Sullivan's presentation explored the second cycle of an ongoing quality improvement project conducted by St. Joseph Mercy's Addiction Medicine clinic to increase Hepatitis C/HIV screening and naloxone prescription rates. For this intervention, a medical assistant called the clinic's new patients and asked three screening questions for naloxone, Hepatitis C, and HIV. If the patient screens positive for any of the questions, the provider can then discuss screening with the patient and place the necessary orders. 

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Stop and See ACAAM at Upcoming Conferences

Addiction Medicine Advocacy Conference - March 78
ACAAM will once again serve as a national partner in the virtual 2022 Hill Day in conjunction with the Addiction Medicine Advocacy Conference on March 7-8.

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Addiction Medicine Fellows Brought Together to Network and Share Solutions to Fight Stress and Burnout

FEBRUARY 2022 – After hearing from addiction medicine fellow members of ACAAM, the organization discovered the need to provide a safe space for the fellowship community to build their network, share solutions, and refresh their passion for addiction medicine.

To meet members’ needs, ACAAM hosted a unique, virtual networking event exclusively for addiction medicine fellows. This experience was held on an interactive platform that allowed fellows from all over the country to meet and connect with one another for the first time.

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Maine Medical Center's 2021 Annual Meeting Fellow Lightning Round Presentation

During the June 2021 Annual Meeting’s Fellows Lightning Round session, Marc Kimball, MD presented “Naloxone Co-Prescribing Across a Large Health System.” Dr. Kimball is a 2021 graduate of the addiction medicine fellowship program jointly run by Maine Medical Center and the US Veterans Affairs Health System.

Dr. Kimball’s presentation looked at the co-prescribing of naloxone across MaineHealth’s different sites and found that only about 6% of eligible patients had naloxone on their medication list. Using this information, the Naloxone Committee developed initiatives to help increase the number of patients being co-prescribed naloxone. Some of these initiatives included providing on-site naloxone training, developing online educational modules, and implementing a Best Practice Advisory (BPA).

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Open Now: Reserve your spot for fellows event

Fellow only virtual event will focus on resilience, professionalism, and boundary issues

COME TOGETHER: An Addiction Medicine Fellow Only Networking Event

February 17, 7:30 PM EST/4:30 PM PT


Click here to learn more and reserve your spot.

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Save the Date for an Exclusive Fellow Only Virtual Event

COME TOGETHER: An Addiction Medicine Fellow Only Networking Event

ACAAM invites all addiction medicine fellows who are members to an exclusive and unique virtual event. Connect with peers across the country to share training experiences, stories, and resources. Enjoy a keynote speaker and small group conversations using an interactive virtual event platform. The event is free to ACAAM members.

February 17, 7:30 PM EST/4:30 PM PT

This virtual session will focus on resilience, professionalism, and boundary issues led by Charlene Dewey, MD MEd FACP, Vanderbilt University Center for Professional Health

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Thank you to ACAAM's Volunteers

ACAAM would like to thank the more than 70 addiction medicine physicians who provided volunteer service to the organization in 2021. From service on the Board of Directors, Committees, an Task Forces, to serving as a leader of our new Recruitment Fair and other programs, these leaders served in a variety of ways and provided significant support to ACAAM as it continued its efforts to meet its mission.

As the year comes to a close, thank you for your ongoing efforts and continued support of the organization. And if you are an ACAAM member who would like to get involved in the organization, please feel free to share your interest with ACAAM staff by emailing [email protected].

Addiction Medicine Advocacy Conference Registration Open

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) will be hosting the 2022 Addiction Medicine Advocacy Conference on March 7-8, 2022. This is a two-day virtual advocacy event. On the first day, attendees will receive training from expert advocacy professionals on issues important to the practice of addiction medicine and hear from key policymakers. Then, attendees will participate in carefully planned virtual Capitol Hill meetings to advance an ambitious policy agenda designed to support addiction treatment professionals as they treat patients and save lives.

ACAAM is honored to be a national advocacy partner for this Conference – along with the American College of Medical Toxicology, and the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine. We look forward to advancing addiction medicine together!

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Join ACAAM’s Anti-Racism/Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

ACAAM has an opportunity for members to share their interest in joining the organization’s Anti-Racism/Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee for 2022.

This opportunity will allow you to work with several accomplished and returning committee members to develop, implement, integrate, and support strategies and activities to achieve priority goals related to anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion and to create an equitable and welcoming environment within ACAAM.

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