President's Blog

Associate Membership Presents New Opportunity

by Herbert Malinoff, MD, FASAM | September 20, 2013

With the approval of an Associate Membership Category by ASAM's Board of Directors, ASAM joins many other medical societies by including nonphysician clinicians and scientists in their membership.

Associate Membership presents a new opportunity to impact the quality of addiction care for patients dealing with addiction. The new Associate Member category will allow select non-physicians to join ASAM in its mission to improve the quality of addiction treatment.

ASAM is committed to your needs as a physician in addiction medicine. The Associate Member category will not alter or dilute ASAM’s mission – it will strengthen it. To demonstrate ASAM’s dedication to serving our physician members, Associate Members will be part of a non-voting Section (structured like a committee) and the Section Council will report to the ASAM Board of Directors. Furthermore, eligible professionals applying for Associate Membership must be sponsored by an ASAM Member in good standing. Help secure the future of addiction medicine by welcoming the contributions of your associate colleagues.

Physician members remain ASAM’s top priority and focus, however the Associate Member Category will help advance the field and continue to improve the quality of care for our patients. Many ASAM members currently work with non-physician colleagues and have already experienced how those eligible for Associate Membership contribute to addiction medicine and treatment in many ways. This is a major step for ASAM that will provide new opportunities for current members to share knowledge, discuss research and hone treatments with other dedicated professionals working in addiction medicine.

Physicians serve as the leaders of interdisciplinary teams caring for patients—help advance the quality of addiction treatment at all levels and bolster ASAM’s position as the preeminent organization dedicated to addiction medicine. Recruit non-physician colleagues to join ASAM.

I look forward to your continued support of ASAM and its mission.

1 Comment

  1. 1 Janice Bennett 26 Feb
    I would be very interested in becoming an associate member of ASAM. I have worked, taught and done research in the field of addictions for over 15 years, and believe we still have a verylong way to go in terms of education and understanding.  In my work with people with substance abuse problems, I have found that the majority do not disclose their problem to their PCP, which often creates another addiction problem and decreses the likelihood of recovery. Years ago,I attended a seminar in New York entitled "Physicians: Part of the Proble or part of the solution?"  In my experience, I have yet to see any signficant progress in physicians being part of the solution, especially given the explosion in prescription drug addiction. I would like to be a part of the solution.

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