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New ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine CME Program Launches

by ASAM Staff | October 25, 2018

New ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine CME Program Launches

Primary Care Providers Empowered to Treat Patients with Addiction

Rockville, MD (October 25, 2018) – The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) launches the Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-Hour CME Program, an innovative education program for primary care providers, on October 25, 2018. This program provides members of primary care teams, who usually receive little addiction education during their medical training, the knowledge they need to treat addiction.

Addiction continues to overwhelm the health care system. An estimated 20.5 million Americans have the disease of addiction.[1] One in seven people in the United States is expected to develop a substance use disorder at some point in their lives.[2]However, only 10 percent of people with a substance use disorder receive any type of specialty treatment.[3] The ASAM Fundamentals 40-Hour CME Program has been created to help improve patient’s access to quality evidence-based addiction care.

Developed by the world’s leading experts in addiction medicine, The ASAM Fundamentals 40-Hour CME Program translates the science of addiction medicine into transformative, positive outcomes for patients.  Addiction physician specialists and primary care team members collaborated to design the program for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, counselors, and other providers who see patients with addiction in various practice settings.

“Providers, particularly those in the primary care setting, encounter patients with addiction much earlier during the disease than when the patients see an addiction specialist. The health care community needs immediate training in early intervention and evidence-based treatment options for their patients with addiction,” said Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA, DFAPA, DFASAM, president of ASAM. “The ASAM Fundamentals Program empowers providers with the knowledge they need to understand addiction is a disease, reduce stigma about patients with addiction, and to confidently identify, treat or refer patients with addiction.”

The program is based on an extensive needs assessment ASAM conducted among primary care and other providers. It includes core competencies and knowledge needed to identify, treat, and refer patients with addiction to specialists when needed.  Most of the program is available online and on demand 24/7. Participants are required to take several key components of the 40-hours but can also select topics based on their interest and the needs of their patients.

Program CME activities include:  A Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Workshop (eight-hour live or five-hour online versions available), CO*RE/ASAM Pain Management and Opioids Course, Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder DEA Waiver Training, live teleconference sessions called FAME (Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine ECHO) sessions and other elective topics. 

The FAME sessions are unique because participants use widely available video conferencing technology that encourages peer networking and discussion virtually. Participants can engage with other providers from around the country from the comfort of their office or home.  The Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine ECHO (FAME) series, in collaboration with the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, connects participants with a panel of addiction and multidisciplinary experts. The two-hour sessions include a 20-30-minute addiction didactic presentation followed by lively discussion about real patient cases submitted by participants. Participants leave the program with recommendations from the experts and tangible solutions and treatment options for immediate clinical challenges.

“The FAME sessions are a rich experience that increases confidence and knowledge in treating patients with addiction” said Miriam Komaromy, MD, FACP, DFASAM. “It is truly a unique learning experience that offers not only the knowledge and mentorship needed for best patient outcomes, but a community that supports participants through challenges that they may face in their clinical practice while beginning or continuing care for patients with addiction.”

While individuals can participate in the program, healthcare organizations and networks can also host a customized live workshop training at their facilities for 30 – 200+ clinicians.

When participants finish the ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40 Hour Program, they receive 40 CME hours credit and a certificate of completion. 

For more information about the ASAM Fundamentals Program, visit http://www.asam.org/fundamentals.

Media Contact:
Christine Merrifield
Phone: 301.547.4140
Email: cmerrifield@ASAM.org

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About ASAM

The American Society of Addiction Medicine, founded in 1954, is a professional society representing over 6,000 physicians, clinicians, and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction. For more information, visit www.ASAM.org.

About Project ECHO

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a movement to demonopolize knowledge and amplify the capacity to provide best practice care for underserved people all over the world. This low-cost, high-impact intervention is accomplished by linking expert inter-disciplinary specialist teams with multiple primary care clinicians simultaneously through teleECHO™ clinics, where experts mentor and share their expertise via case-based learning, enabling primary care clinicians to treat patients with complex conditions in their own communities. 

[1]  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Surgeon General, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. Washington, DC: HHS, November 2016. CH 4-2

[2] Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ), 2016

[3] Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2016). Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed tables. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.