awards

ASAM offers a wide variety of award and recognition programs for members and those contributing to the field of addiction medicine. Below is a list of the various awards and applications available.

Awards

Annual Award

For outstanding contributions to the growth and vitality of our Society, for thoughtful leadership in the field, and for deep understanding of the art and science of Addiction Medicine." and "for expanding the frontiers of the field of Addiction Medicine and broadening our understanding of the addictive process, through research and innovation."

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The R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award

The R. Brinkley Smithers and Distinguished Scientist Award and Lecture was established by ASAM in 1995 as a lasting tribute to R. Brinkley Smithers who influenced American alcoholism policy, theory and treatment. Through his dedication and philanthropy he created a far greater understanding of this treatable disease. 

The Award is to recognize and honor an individual who has made highly meritorious contributions in advancing the scientific understanding of alcoholism, its prevention and treatment.

The Award and Lecture, sponsored by the Christopher D. Smithers Foundation, is presented annually at ASAM’s Opening Plenary Session during its Annual Medical-Scientific Conference.

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The John P. McGovern Award on Addiction and Society

The John P. McGovern MD Award and Lecture on Addiction and Society was established in 1997 to recognize and honor an individual who has made highly meritorious contributions to public policy, treatment, research, or prevention which has increased our understanding of the relationship of addiction and society. The Award is sponsored by an endowment from the John P. McGovern Foundation. 

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ASAM Educator of the Year Award

The ASAM Educator of the Year Award will recognize one educator who has made outstanding contributions to ASAM's addiction medicine education. The Medical Education Council (MEC) will consider all potential nominees with a broad perspective on the meaning of educational contributions and will consider speakers, content developers, mentors, planners, and faculty members who were involved with live, online or blended learning.

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Media Award

To be presented each year for excellence in print or electronic journalism. This Award is bestowed for a newspaper, magazine, television, radio or website story, column, or program that improves the public's understanding of addiction, addiction treatment, recovery, or the profession of addiction medicine.

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Presidential Award

Honors an individual for outstanding dedication and service in addressing addiction issues or promoting education, training or awareness of the specialty of addiction medicine.

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Public Policy Award

 The Public Policy Award is presented each year to the elected official (federal, state, local) who has effectively advanced public policies that promote the health of Americans, especially persons with addictions; addiction medicine physicians; the education of physicians and medical trainees regarding substance use and addiction; or recognition of the practice of addiction medicine.

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ASAM Abstract Submission Awards

Abstract Awards honors and recognizes the primary authors of high scoring and exceptional posters abstracts based on new ideas or findings of importance to the field of addiction medicine, their methodology, and clarity of presentation.

 

Best Overall - Presented to the primary author of the highest scoring submitted abstract.

Fellow - New in 2018, this award is presented to a poster’s primary author who is currently enrolled in a medical fellowship program.

Young Investigator - This award is presented to a poster's primary author who is within five years of the completion of a medical residency or receipt of a doctoral degree (eg, MD, PhD, DSc, etc.). 

Resident - Presented to a poster’s primary author who is currently enrolled in a medical residency program. A primary author who fits this category should indicate so on the abstract form

Fellow-in-Training - Presented to a poster’s primary author who is currently enrolled in a medical fellowship program. A primary author who fits this category should indicate so on the abstract form.

Associated Professionals - Presented to a poster's primary author who is one of a variety of associated professional types.

Underserved Population - Presented to the primary author of the highest scoring submitted abstract that addresses research on an underserved population (characterized by race, ethnicity, age, geography, gender, and/or sexual orientation). 

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Young Investigator Travel Award

The NIDA Young Investigator Travel Award encourages candidates in their second year of an addiction medicine fellowship, which is a research year, or currently working towards a PhD in an addiction-related research area, to apply for this award. The award's focus is to provide a training experience for young investigators in the area of drug addiction and infectious disease research through conference fellowships at The ASAM Annual Conference. 

 

2019 Conference Awards will be will be conferred at the ASAM 50th Annual Conference in Orlando, FL April 4-7, 2019

For more information on ASAM’s 50th Annual Conference, please click here.

2019 Award Recipients

Read news about our 2019 award recipients here.

Past Award Recipients

  • Annual Award

  • ASAM Abstract Submission Award: Best Overall

  • ASAM Abstract Submission Award: Fellow - New!

  • ASAM Abstract Submission Award: Resident - New!

  • ASAM Abstract Submission Award: Young Investigator

  • ASAM Educator of the Year Award

  • Media Award

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Young Investigator Travel Award

  • Presidential Award

  • Public Policy Award

  • Ruth Fox Scholarships

  • The John P. McGovern Award on Addiction and Society

  • The R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award