Persistent about Forming Alliances
Forming alliances goes a long way in promoting addiction medicine advocacy, and Roy E. Smith, MD, an ASAM member since 2009, has jumped in with both feet in his passion about educating more primary care physicians regarding the specialty. He is Medical Director of LRADAC Inpatient Detox and Outpatient Treatment Center in Columbia, SC, and is currently President of the South Carolina Society of Addiction Medicine.
In addition to his work in educating primary care physicians about addiction, Dr. Smith has applied his energies toward encouraging his state chapter to form alliances and partnerships with ASAM's Georgia and North Carolina chapters. Working together, these alliances have created opportunities for continuing medical education. Additionally, he works with his state's Physician Advocacy and Assistance Committee (PAAC) to assist in substance recovery among health care professionals.
"The greatest benefit of ASAM membership is the opportunity to connect with other addiction professionals nationwide," Dr. Smith says. "Its board certification program and educational resources are outstanding."
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