The Program

The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-Hour CME Program is an innovative educational program empowering primary care and other providers to diagnose and treat patients at risk for or with addiction.

  • Over 40 CME hours of on-demand 24/7, interactive, case-based learning which addresses how to recognize, screen, treat and refer patients with addiction
  • Translates the science of addiction medicine into transformative, positive outcomes for patients
  • A program that provides the fundamental knowledge of addiction and allows participants to select topics based on interests and the needs of patients
  • Designed for busy providers with content available in a variety of formats including online, on-demand 24/7, live, live video

Who Should Participate

Providers and other members of the healthcare team interested in learning more about addiction medicine in the primary care, emergency/urgent care, treatment centers and general psychiatry settings including:

  • Physicians
  • Clinicians (NPs, PAs, RNs, etc.)
  • Counselors

Why Should You Participate

  • Help patients that are already in your practice and be a part of the solution to the one of the nation’s deadliest epidemics
  • Increase knowledge, skills and confidence for providers who may have received little or no addiction education during their medical training
  • Learn how to integrate addiction medicine and payment models into your existing practice
  • Connect with a community of colleagues and mentors for additional support with complex patients
  • Experience content created specifically for primary care and other providers based on extensive needs-assessment
  • Learn core competencies and knowledge needed to identify, treat, and refer patients with addiction to specialists when needed
  • Earn a certificate of completion from ASAM upon completion of the 40-Hour CME Program


The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-Hour Program is comprised of five activities (defined below) that together equal a total of 40 CME hours.  Click on the links below to learn more about each component of the program.




*CASA Columbia Report 2012

Program Competencies & Components

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The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-Hour Program seeks to help learners achieve nine identified competencies in the addiction medicine field. 

  1. Interact with patients and professional colleagues so as to display professionalism in all activities, by demonstrating commitment to the health and well-being of individuals and society through ethical practice, profession-led regulation, and high personal standards of behavior.
  2. Identify their feelings and attitudes that promote or prevent therapeutic responses to their patients with substance use disorders.
  3. Understand the addictive disorders as developmental biopsychosocial disorders.
  4. Take an evidence-based approach to detecting substance use disorders. 
  5. Respond to positive substance use screening results with brief counseling strategies, appropriate to the patient’s readiness to change.
  6. Use motivational interviewing with patients ambivalent about changing their substance use behavior.
  7. Conduct a biopsychosocial and developmental ambulatory assessment of an adult with a suspected SUD to match the patient to an appropriate level of care.
  8. List the indications, contraindications and duration of treatment of evidence based pharmacotherapy for alcohol, tobacco, and opioid use disorders and refer patient to specialty care where appropriate. 
  9. Reflect on the role of behavioral interventions for patients and families including formal intensive ambulatory and inpatient treatment and informal programs such as mutual aid groups in the recovery process for patients in their practice/ communities.

The 40 hour CME curriculum is structured around these nine competencies, of which each competency has several learning objectives. Activities in the curriculum will align with at least one of the learning objectives.

View the full ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-Hour CME Program Blueprint: Competencies and Curriculum Learning Objectives.



Program Planning Committee

  • Miriam S. Komaromy, MD, FACP, DFASAM (Chair) 
  • Peter L. Selby, MBBS, CCFP, FCFP, DFASAM (Immediate Past Chair) 
  • Angela L. Colistra, PhD, LPC, CAADC, CCS
  • Zwaantje H. Hamming, FNP-C, CARN-AP
  • Jill R. Mattingly, DHSc, MMSc, PA-C
  • Kirk D. Moberg, MD, PhD, FASAM, FACP, FAAPL, CPE, MRO
  • Lipi Roy, MD, MPH, DABAM
  • Kenneth A. Saffier, MD, FASAM 
  • Mario F. San Bartolomé, MD, MBA, MRO, QME, FASAM 
  • J. Paul Seale, MD, FASAM 
  • Activity

    CME Hours

    The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine – A Live Workshop

    The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine--A Live Workshop is a practical, case-based workshop in which participants interact in small groups to discuss information about SUD and its appropriate diagnosis and treatment.  The session will include a mix of brief lectures, demonstration of practice-related skills, and skills building. Participants are recommended to take this component first in order to get the most out of the 40-Hour Program.

    For participants unable to attend the live workshop, ASAM offers an 8-hour online version of the workshop designed to give participants the same knowledge base (included in the 40-Hour Program registration fee).


    The CO*RE/ASAM Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits

    The CO*RE/ASAM Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits course provides necessary context for opioid prescribing by discussing biopsychosocial aspects of pain, the newest clinical guidelines on the treatment of chronic pain, and state policies about prescribing opioids. 

    Participants of the 40-hour program can attend a live course, live webinar or fulfill the requirement online, at their own pace on ASAM's e-Learning Center. Check the ASAM Calendar for all live courses and webinars. 


    The ASAM Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course
    Includes Waiver Qualifying Requirements

    The ASAM Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course: Waiver Qualifying Training course covers the medication treatments for Opioid Use Disorder and the requirements needed to obtain the waiver to prescribe buprenorphine under the Drug Abuse Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) and Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). This course fulfills 8 of the 24 hours required for NPs and PAs under CARA. Completion of select components of the 40-Hour Program will fulfill requirements for the additional 16 hours.


    Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine ECHO (FAME) Sessions
    (in collaboration with Project ECHO – University of New Mexico)

    The ECHO video conference model is used to connect participants with a panel of addiction and multidisciplinary experts. Clinics are two hours, and include a 20 - 30 minute addiction didactic presentation and lively discussions on case presentations submitted by participants.   

    Participants must attend at least 4 (four) teleECHO clinics. Participants will be expected to present one case to fulfill this component of the 40-Hour Program.   


    Elective Topics

    Participants select from a broad range of topics especially created to meet the needs of primary care physicians and clinicians. Participants may choose from a selection of approved modules and topics based on their needs and the needs of their patients. Completion of additional FAME TeleECHO clinics beyond the required four are also eligible to fulfill this component.



    40 Hours