2014 Medical-Scientific Conference


Hilton Orlando | 6001 Destination Parkway | Orlando, FL

Innovation and Integration Strategies in Addiction Medicine

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Addiction—its diagnosis, treatment, fields of research and related policy initiatives—has arrived at the edge of new frontier.  The struggle to adequately control and ultimately contain the impact of any disease often evolves over time--from early emergency measures and speculative treatments into carefully researched and well-established patterns of diagnosis, treatment and carefully designed research.  Ultimately, the field matures further and its leaders begin to think strategically about pathways to innovation and opportunities to integrate a once specialized concern into the mainstream of medical practice and patient care.  This year’s Medical-Scientific Conference explores this exciting new frontier—“Innovation and Integration Strategies in Addiction Medicine.”

ASAM invites you to join with medical professionals, clinicians, researchers, leading scientists and policy advocates to explore the newest developments that are defining the field of addiction medicine and shaping future strategies for diagnosis, treatment, patient care and public policy.  Learn about the latest research initiatives from the leaders of federal agencies, institutions and clinical researchers and leading clinicians.  Discover the newest technologies, techniques and practices that are expanding the array of tools available to address addiction and its impact on patients, families, communities and the health care system.  Engage in live discussions with thought leaders about new strategies to integrate addiction medicine into the work of the primary care physician, parent, educator, and  policy maker.

The 45th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference is the premier conference in the addiction field and your best opportunity to develop a strong professional network that will enhance your work and improve patient outcomes.  ASAM has assembled a broad range of timely topics and powerful presenters to explore, “Innovation and Integration Strategies in Addiction Medicine.”

Join Us in Orlando

ASAM is pleased have Orlando host the 2014 Medical-Scientific Conference, not only a wonderful family destination--“the Theme Park Capital of the World”--but the home to some of the leading academic and clinical institutions that focus on addiction treatment.  Central Florida’s University of Florida School of Medicine offers one of the largest fellowships in Addiction Medicine.  Orlando’s Orange County is also home to about three dozen of SAMHSA’s substance abuse treatment facilities.   Orlando is also home to a growing high-tech industry.

Today’s Orlando boasts a rich cultural life that moves far beyond the antics of Mickey and Goofy,  with museums, galleries and performing arts venues like the Bach Festival Society, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orlando Ballet.  During Med-Sci 2014, Orlando will host the 22nd Annual Florida Film Festival in various locations throughout the city.  Spend your days exploring what’s new in addiction medicine and spend your evenings enjoying the restaurants, cultural events, entertainment venues and natural beauty of Orange County, Florida.  Learn more about the vibrant venue for the 45th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference. (click here).

ASAM’s headquarters hotel, the Hilton Orlando, a breathtaking resort hotel near SeaWorld® Orlando, Universal Orlando® Resort, and Walt Disney World® Resort is only 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport and conveniently located near dining, shopping, and entertainment venues along International Drive.  After a day of engaging and informative sessions, unwind in the resort’s two pools, water slide, and a lazy river located in the vast recreational area and prepare for an evening of unforgettable entertainment.  The Hilton Orlando is the ideal venue for Med-Sci 2014.  Click here, for more information.

Explore the innovations. Engage leading experts and colleagues. Experience new efforts to integrate addiction medicine into the mainstream. Enjoy the city’s environs. Empower and energize yourself. Join us in Orlando for ASAM’s 45th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference, April 10-13, 2014.

What’s Hot at Med-Sci 2014

  • Choose from 3 full-day (8 CME) Preconference Courses:
    (New) The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine--A Live Course
    *  Pain & Addiction: Common Threads—The Agony and the Partial Agonist
    *  (New) The New ASAM Criteria & Software Course--What's New and How to Use the Criteria
  • (New) Clinical Drug Testing and Toxicology for Physicians--a new two-part, four-hour course
  • Making Marijuana Legal—a lively Policy Plenary Session
  • Incorporating Harm Reduction into Addiction Medicine Practice--Collaborative Workshop by SGIM 
  • Addressing the Opioid Addiction and Overdose Epidemic: Targeting the Prescriber—Collaborative Workshop by AMERSA
  • Topics on special populations—adolescents, elderly, minorities and pregnant women with substance use issues
  • NIDA Symposium:  "Managing HIV/HCV infections in Substance Abusing Populations"
  • Case-based learning and interactive formats incorporated into more sessions
  • Special screening of “The Anonymous People” with writer/producer Greg Williams, MA,
  • Free WiFi access throughout the hotel including session rooms
  • Additional networking receptions including an Exhibit Hall Ice Cream event

Who Should Attend

  • An ASAM member, non-member physician, nurse, psychologist, counselor, student or other health care professional dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment and care.
  • A physician currently practicing in the field of addiction medicine and wanting to learn the latest scientific information available in addiction medicine.
  • A practicing physician in primary care or another specialty field seeking to learn more about addiction medicine.
  • An early-career physician, investigator, researcher or health care professional with a specialty in addiction medicine.
  • A professional from a military background and/or diverse organization or population interested in learning more about addiction medicine.

Cooperating Organizations

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Program Collaborating Organizations

Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM), and the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)

Educational Purpose

The over-arching goal of ASAM’s 45th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference is to present the most up-to-date information, research, guidance and policy discussion for professionals in the addiction medicine field.

Learning Objectives

To achieve this goal the following specific objectives have been identified:

  • Present the best new scientific research, best practices, treatments, tools and modalities in all areas of addiction medicine.
  • Bring science into practice by focusing on the latest developments in research and treatment and translating them into clinically useful knowledge.
  • Engage participants in dialog around strategic directions for future innovations.
  • Present concise, interactive, case-based and/or creative teaching methods through a mix of symposia, courses, workshops, didactic lectures, and paper and poster presentations based on accepted abstracts.
  • Encourage involvement of early-career professionals, military and diverse populations in the field of addiction medicine.
  • Explore strategic opportunities for integration of addiction medicine, it's diagnosis, treatment and patient care, into the everyday functions of family, community, educators, primary care physicians and public policy advocates.
  • Provide participants the opportunity to network and interact with experts in their field.

At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the current and new clinical approaches to treatment in various settings.
  • Explore the issues to be addressed in treating individuals in diverse and special populations or with special physical, health and mental illnesses.
  • Discuss the development of new science and treatments in addiction medicine.

Why You Can’t Miss…

  • The Education: over 100 hours of peer-reviewed educational content presenting the most up-to-date information on clinical practice and the latest scientific research on addiction. 
  • The Pre-conference Courses: choose from three dynamic full-day learning experiences designed specifically to expand knowledge, enhance skills and improve patient outcomes. 
  • The Networking: The largest gathering of physicians, psychiatrist and other health professions dedicated to addiction medicine, with countless opportunities to network and collaborate. 
  • The Insights: Inspirational keynote addresses and informative policy updates from leaders in the field and addiction agency heads, and an Awards Luncheon that celebrates the dedication and service of the profession’s longtime contributors as well as the accomplishments of rising stars in the field. 
  • The Exhibit Hall: ASAM’s vibrant exposition space features over 100 exhibits of treatment programs, pharmaceutical and medical equipment manufacturers, publishers and educational resources, professional organizations and nearly 40 poster presentations that explore the newest research and clinical findings. 

...the ASAM 45th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference


Program Highlights

With hundreds of informative and dynamic sessions to attend, be sure to schedule time for these powerful sessions and events at Med-Sci 2014:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pre-Conference Courses

ASAM offers your choice of three intensive full-day pre-conference courses.  This is an unprecedented opportunity to expand your learning with in-depth science-to-practice learning on the burning topics that face medical professionals in the addiction medicine field.  

(New Course) The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine--A Live Course
8:00 am - 5:30 pm (Additional Fees Apply)
Addiction is a chronic brain disease and there are treatments available to help patients. The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine is a practical, case-based course designed to support primary care physicians and general psychiatrists in their clinical treatment of patients at risk for or with substance use disorders (SUD). The ASAM Fundamentals curriculum is dedicated to ASAM's founder, Ruth Fox, MD and replaces the previous preconference course, Ruth Fox Course for Physicians.

Pain & Addiction Course:  Common Threads XV--The Agony and the Partial Agonist
8:00 am – 5:30 pm (Additional Fees Apply)

In it's fifteenth consecutive year, the Pain & Addiction Course: Common Thread XV, explores the challenging and constantly evolving arena of treating pain and addiction within the same patient population.  This year's Course will focus on buprenorphine neurobiology and clinical practice including the many aspects of prescribing buprenorphine in the hospital and clinic as well as special populations, regulatory and legal concerns and the pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to pain and addiction.

(New Course) The New ASAM Criteria and ASAM Criteria Software – What’s New and How to Use the Criteria
8:00 am - 5:30 pm (Additional Fees Apply)
The ASAM Criteria, also known as the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria, are the result of a collaboration that began in the 1980s to define one national set of criteria for providing outcome-orientated and results-based care in the treatment of addiction. Today the ASAM Criteria have become the most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for placement, continued stay and transfer/discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions. The ASAM Criteria are required in over 30 states. Learn how to use the ASAM Criteria in daily practice and see how to utilize the new SAMHSA-sponsored standard web application that has been developed to standardize the application of the ASAM Criteria.

Welcome Reception & Exhibit Hall Opening
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Reconnect with friends, meet new colleagues and explore over one hundred exhibits and posters in our largest exhibit hall to date.

Friday, April 11, 2014

ASAM Business Meeting & Breakfast
7:00 am – 8:30 am
Members of ASAM will begin the first full conference day with breakfast and attending to the business of the Society. Be sure to join ASAM’s leadership to learn about the organization’s plans for the future, to set policy and celebrate the year’s accomplishments. 

Opening Scientific Plenary & R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award and Lecture
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Stuart Gitlow, MD, President of ASAM will set the stage for this year’s theme “Innovation and Integration Strategies in Addiction Medicine” with an overview of the state of the profession and the most pressing issues that impact care of patients with addiction disorders.

ASAM will honor Shelly Greenfield, MD, MPH, as the recipient R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award. This award recognizes and honors an individual who has made highly meritorious contributions in advancing the scientific understanding of alcoholism, its prevention and treatment. Dr. Greenfield will deliver her lecture, “Gender Differences in Addiction: Implications for Women's Addiction Treatment,” in which she will explore the phenomenon wherein women progress more rapidly than men from first use to the onset of dependence and address its implications for screening, early detection, and treatment.

Dr. Greenfield is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and serves as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on federally funded research focusing on treatment for substance use disorders, gender differences in substance disorders, and health services for substance disorders.

She serves as the Chief Academic Officer at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA as well as the Director of Clinical and Health Services Research and Education in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program, Division on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. 
Don’t miss this informative and inspiring kick-off of ASAM’s 45th Annual Medical – Scientific Conference we explore, “Innovations and Integration Strategies in Addiction Medicine.”

Networking Reception & Grab-and-Go Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
This year we have added two new opportunities to network with colleagues and friends throughout a full day of conference sessions. A complimentary buffet lunch and light appetizers and snacks will be served in the Exhibit Hall for an enjoyable day of networking. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Policy Plenary Session
8:00 am – 9:30 am
Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have passed measures that legalize marijuana, for medicinal and/or recreational use and three more states are considering proposals to do the same in 2014. While ASAM opposes both the “medicalization” of marijuana and proposals that legalize marijuana for recreational use, health care professionals continue to debate the harms and benefits associated with this drug.  Engage leading marijuana experts as they debate the implications of marijuana legalization on public health and welfare!
Organized by ASAM Public Policy Committee, Co-Chairs: Scott Teitelbaum, MD, FAAP, FASAM; Mark Kraus, MD, FASAM
Presenters: TBA

2013 ASAM Awards Luncheon
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Price: $75/Per Person
Celebrate the accomplishments of rising stars and distinguished leaders in the field of addiction medicine at the Annual ASAM Awards Luncheon. This plated luncheon is an opportunity to network with colleagues, draw inspiration from outstanding accomplishments and welcome new Fellows.
Paul N. Samuels, recipient of the John P. McGovern Award, will address the gathering with the lecture on Addiction and Society. Additional recognitions include: ASAM’s Annual Award, the 2014 Young Investigator Award, The ASAM Medical-Scientific Program Committee Award, the Public Policy Award and the Annual Media Award, the ASAM/Millenium Labs Medical Scientific Program Committee Award, and the ASAM/Millenium Research Institute Fellowship Award.

The ASAM Awards Luncheon is a ticketed event. Tickets for the luncheon are available for $75 per person. Please use the Registration Form to sign up for this event.

Ice Cream Novelties and Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Enjoy this last opportunity to visit with exhibitors while sampling a scrumptious selection of ice cream novelties. It’s a new twist on the “ice cream social.” Over a hundred exhibitors await you in ASAM’s state-of-the-art Exhibit Hall. Don’t miss this new Med-Sci featured event.

The Anonymous People Screening
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
ASAM is proud to present a special screening of “The Anonymous People,” a documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. ASAM 2014 Media Award winner, Greg Williams, MA, writer and producer/director of the film, will make a short introduction and field questions/comments after the screening.

“The Anonymous People” explores the dilemma faced by those suffering from substance use disorders as well as those who treat them. Deeply entrenched social stigma has kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum has been filled with sensational mass media depictions of people with addiction that perpetuate a lurid fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, a grassroots social justice movement is emerging. Courageous addiction recovery advocates have come out of the shadows and are organizing to end discrimination and move toward recovery-based solutions.

Enjoy the film and the lively discussion to follow.

Visit http://vimeo.com/64948005 for more information about The Anonymous People.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Symposium Sunday

8:00 am - 12:15 pm
Be sure to schedule your return flight late enough on Sunday so you can attend several dynamic Symposium sessions . “Symposium Sunday” sessions will also include some interactive approaches to delivering the material. Presenters will take integration strategies to the next level as they tackle everything from the thorny policy issues regarding medical and recreation marijuana laws, to the evolving thinking about non-medical approaches to treating addiction, and much more.

Topics include:

• Symposium 10: Introduction to Building Skills in Motivational Interviewing

• Symposium 11: Marijuana: Addiction Physicians and the American Public 2014

• Symposium 12: Interdisciplinary Models in Training the Next Generation of Addiction Professionals

• Symposium 13: Medication vs Non-Medication Approaches to Recovery

Questions? Contact ASAM’s Education Department

American Society of Addiction Medicine
4601 North Park Avenue
Upper Arcade, Suite 101
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-4520
Education Department
Phone: 301-656-3920 | Fax: 301-656-3815 | Email:
education@asam.org | Web: www.asam.org

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