Addiction Medicine Fellows in Training

ASAM provides Addiction Medicine Fellows In Training (FIT) members, world-class ACCME approved education, research validated resources, and a variety of opportunities to get involved in activities to improve the field and further their career. 

ASAM is the professional home of the addiction medicine physician.

 
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Addiction Fellows

Educational Resources

Prepare for board certification and keep your clinical knowledge updated.

  • Board Exam Prep: Prepare for Board certification with live and online courses, textbooks and online tools with over 700 hundred questions.
  • ASAM Clinical Guidelines: ASAM’s highly respected evidence based guidelines and appropriateness criteria will keep you updated for inpatient and outpatient care 
  • Online Learning: Live CME courses and e-Learning opportunities to meet physician and clinician education requirements.
  • Live Learning: ASAM National, ASAM Chapter and other educational courses and events.
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Career Development

Develop your career with ASAM resources and support.

  • Career Center: Search for jobs that suit your addiction medicine career path. Listings are updated regularly. 
  • Abstract competitions: ASAM sponsors abstract competitions with special categories by topic and career phase including Addiction Medicine Fellows. Prizes include monetary awards and recognition among your peers.
  • Scholarships: competitive scholarships to attend ASAM’s Annual Conference and to connect with the leaders of Addiction Medicine.
  • Information about National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program 

     

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Community:

ASAM encourages Addiction Medicine Fellows in training members to get involved in activities to improve Addiction Medicine and further their career.

  • Advocacy: Get involved through grassroots efforts to raise awareness and to communicate with legislators on issues that affect their patients and community. Attend a bi-annual Hill Day to speak in-person with representatives on Capitol Hill. 
  • Chapters: ASAM’s state and regional chapters offer opportunities to get involved, develop leadership skills, voice opinions, engage in debates, and attend local events.
  • Work Groups: Special interest work groups where members can share experiences and discuss topics pertaining to clinical and practice issues.  Get involved in the Physician in Training Committee! 

As published in USA Today: How Specialization in Addiction Medicine Can Save Lives

by | August 8, 2019

Many people wonder why I decided to specialize in addiction medicine. The answer is simple: It is unbelievably rewarding to help people in despair recover and live purposeful lives.

Take Ben, for example. Ben experienced significant trauma in childhood and later sought relief in heroin and cocaine. He came to me at a moment of shame, distress and doubt. His boss had fired him, his family had rejected him and he was living in a shelter. After completing an assessment, I told Ben he was suffering from a chronic disease called addiction. My team and I started him with medication and counseling, signed him up for health insurance and helped him find housing. Five years later, Ben is working, reunited with his family and living in his own home. He still comes to see me monthly, sharing his health challenges and successes.

Power of treatment

I’ve cared for hundreds of men and women like Ben over the years. Some have tragically succumbed to their addiction. Many more have responded well to treatment, often surprising themselves and loved ones in the process. Every day when I go to work, I see the power of addiction medicine to save and improve lives.

Just like surgeons have trained to operate in case of appendicitis, addiction-medicine specialists prepare to help people with the disease of addiction. We understand that addiction is a brain disease and not a moral failing. We treat this condition with medications and care that is delivered with empathy and compassion. Our goal is to help patients live the lives they want for themselves. Addiction treatment may not look the same for everyone, but medical intervention is essential to recovery.

Qualified workforce

Now, more than ever, having a qualified workforce to treat addiction is critical. Opioid addiction takes too many lives, methamphetamine use is rising, and tobacco and alcohol continue to be high drivers of mortality. Physicians and healthcare practitioners in every field need addiction training. The American Board of Preventive Medicine certifies physicians in addiction medicine. If they are not going to become specialists themselves, at the very least, they need to understand this chronic disease and treat their patients with addiction with dignity and respect. They also need to know how to connect patients with resources such as SAMHSA’s Treatment Locator.  Every medical setting in the country encounters addiction; now is the time for patients to get help and the medical community to give it.

- Yngvild Olsen, MD, MPH, DFASAM

Why I treat

Why Our Members Treat Addiction

This growing collection of stories offers profound insights into the purpose of treating addiction. These ASAM member stories highlight the positive impact treating addiction can have on a person, a family, a community, and a nation.

We invite you to read these heartfelt stories and share your own. Read the stories