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Apply to Become an ASAM Fellow!

by Magazine Staff | November 4, 2013

The prestigious FASAM designation is granted biennially to a chosen group of ASAM physician members in recognition of their significant contributions to the Society and the field of addiction medicine. The 2013-2014 application will be available to eligible members beginning October 31. This is a great opportunity to join the distinguished ranks by receiving recognition for your considerable professional efforts.

“The Fellows program is a highly-respected component of ASAM that showcases select physicians whom have greatly contributed our field,” Kenneth Thompson, Chair of the Fellows Committee added.

Qualified candidates should demonstrate competence in the field of Addiction Medicine, exceptional professionalism, significant contributions and involvement, and noted leadership within ASAM and his or her state.

As a Mark of Distinction, Fellows employ the FASAM designation after their names to provide a description of their unique position. The designation represents the Awardee as a distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addition Medicine.

To qualify to become a Fellow of ASAM, candidates must meet rigorous criteria such as being a member for at least five consecutive years, giving significant service to the Society and being certified by ABAM. Please note that this year’s application has a new criterion: a written endorsement from the candidate’s current or immediate Regional Director indicating reasonable knowledge and validation. For more information, please visit: http://www.asam.org/membership/asam-fellows.

Members of the Fellow Committee will review all submissions in January 2014, and candidates will be notified by February, 2014. ASAM will present Fellow certificates during the Annual Business Meeting in Orlando, Florida.


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  1. Matt Vandover Aug 28, 2017 - 12:06 PM

    Dr. Meraj:

    Thank you for contacting ASAM.

    The two requirements you mention (being a member for 2 renewal cycles and being certified) are not dependent on each other, which means that as long as you have been a member for two years (whether or not you are certified) AND you are certified, you would be eligible for FASAM status in the next renewal cycle.

    If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to email (mvandover@asam.org) or call me (301.656.3920).

    Matt Vandover

    Specialist, Membership and Office Operations

  2. Adeel Meraj Aug 27, 2017 - 12:35 PM
    I would like to know about the Fellow of ASAM, do I have to be a member for two consecutive years AFTER becoming board certified in addiction medicine? OR would I be eligible to be a fellow when I get my addiction certification if I was  a member in good standing for previous two years at the time of board certification?
  3. Matt Vandover Apr 19, 2016 - 11:49 AM

    Dr. Taylor,

    Thank you for your question. The FASAM (Fellow of ASAM) designation is a member type of ASAM and is given to any ASAM member who has fulfilled the criteria:

    [1] Has been a member of ASAM for at least 2 consecutive years

    [2] Is certified by ABAM in addiction medicine OR ABPN in addiction psychiatry

    The DFASAM (Distinguished Fellow of ASAM) designation is a award given every other year to doctors who fit the criteria and complete the application.  The DFASAM designation was changed from FASAM to DFASAM when the ASAM Board of Directors created the Fellow member type.

    You can see more by going to this page: http://www.asam.org/membership/asam-designations.

    If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone (301-547-4124) or email (mvandover@asam.org).

    We appreciate your interest and your taking the time to ask for clarification.

    Matt Vandover

    Specialist, Membership and Office Operations

  4. Stephen M. Taylor, MD, MPH Apr 19, 2016 - 09:39 AM
    What is the difference between a Fellow of ASAM and a Distinguished Fellow of ASAM?  Or has the "Fellow of ASAM" designation been dropped in favor of the "Distinguished Fellow of ASAM" designation?

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