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Medicine Responds to Addiction Symposium II: Proceedings. The White House. October, 2016

Medicine Responds to Addiction Symposium II: Proceedings. The White House. October, 2016

Proceedings: The Addiction Medicine Foundation and White House Co-sponsored 2016 National Conference “Medicine Responds to Addiction”

 

 

$2 MILLION AWARDED BY THE CONRAD N. HILTON FOUNDATION TO ABAM FOUNDATION

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$2 MILLION AWARDED BY THE CONRAD N. HILTON FOUNDATION TO ABAM FOUNDATION TO ESTABLISH NATIONAL CENTER FOR PHYSICIAN TRAINING IN ADDICTION MEDICINE

Chevy Chase, Maryland – September 30, 2013 – The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) Foundation a three-year, $2 million grant to establish The National Center for Physician Training in Addiction Medicine.  The purpose of the new Center will be to expand the education and training of physicians in addiction medicine, with a special emphasis on prevention and screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT), particularly for adolescents and young adults. The Center will be directed by Richard Blondell, MD, Professor of Family Medicine at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

“Our objective is to create systemic change in medical education, medical practice and health care, in order to provide evidence-based addiction prevention and treatment to adolescents and others who need it,” said Dr. Blondell.  “We are grateful to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for helping us establish this Center in order to better work toward this objective.”

“We’re pleased to partner with The Addiction Medicine Foundation to create the National Center for Physician Training in Addiction Medicine,” said Steven M. Hilton, President, Chairman and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.  “The Addiction Medicine Foundation’s expertise in establishing programs that train and grow the addiction medicine workforce will help the Center to promote the transformation of our nation’s medical education and health care systems.  This systemic change is necessary to help those in urgent need of substance abuse prevention and treatment services, especially adolescents and young adults.”

The first long-term goal of the Center is to assure that primary care physicians are trained in addiction medicine and early intervention in adolescent substance abuse.  The center’s second goal is to help make prevention, brief intervention and treatment of substance use, abuse and addiction, and of these disorders’ medical and psychiatric consequences, available at all points of entry to the health care system.  These include physicians’ offices, community clinics, school and college health centers, emergency rooms, trauma centers, hospitals and other health care centers.

Ninety percent of individuals with a substance use disorder began using an addictive substance before age 18.  Addiction is not just a disease that affects adults, but is a pediatric and young adult disease, and a major public health problem.  The disease affects the entire family: the user, spouses, parents, children, and other family members.  Adolescents who use drugs are more likely to have one or more parents who use.

“It is so urgent to address this issue now, because only a small fraction of individuals receive prevention or treatment consistent with scientific knowledge about what works,” said Jeffrey H. Samet, MD, MA, MPH, President, ABAM and The Addiction Medicine Foundation Board of Directors, and Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.  “One reason for this is the fact that prevention, screening, intervention, and treatment are not easily accessible components of the health care system.”

Currently, very few physicians ever screen, intervene or  refer, because they have not been educated about addiction medicine in medical school, nor trained in residencies. Until the establishment of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, one barrier to this training has been the lack of an addiction medicine subspecialty for primary care physicians. A subspecialty of addiction psychiatry exists within the field of psychiatry, however, this does not address the issue of primary care training.  While there are excellent addiction psychiatry fellowships, there are no addiction medicine residencies for physicians pursuing primary care specialties among the 9,262 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited U.S. programs that are currently training 119,588 residents.

To meet this need, The Addiction Medicine Foundation has accredited 19 fellowship programs to train physicians in addiction medicine, and plans to establish additional fellowship programs.  More than 3,000 physicians have been certified in addiction medicine by ABAM, which has active certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs.

The National Center builds on and expands other Addiction Medicine Foundation initiatives, including one funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to promote training of addiction medicine physicians so that they can be equipped to apply the latest scientific advances to patient care (National Infrastructure for Translating Addiction Research into Clinical Practice). The Addiction Medicine Foundation also partnered with the Boston University School of Medicine and Yale University to obtain a five-year grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to support the training of addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry fellows in clinical research.

About the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance abuse, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters. Following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $1.5 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants, distributing $83 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2012. The Foundation’s current assets are in excess of $2.2 billion. For more information, please visit www.hiltonfoundation.org.

About The Addiction Medicine Foundation

The Addiction Medicine Foundation’s purpose is to establish and accredit addiction medicine training programs and support the mission of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.   ABAM’s mission is to improve the quality of care in the medical specialty of addiction medicine, establish standards and procedures, and certify physicians as experts in this specialized field of medical practice. ABAM’s goal is to have a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) certify physicians in addiction medicine.  ABAM and The Addiction Medicine Foundation are governed by 16 distinguished physicians from a range of medical specialties, each of whom is certified by a member board of the ABMS. For more information on ABAM, visit: http://www.abam.net. To learn more about The Addiction Medicine Foundation, go to www.addictionmedicinefoundation.org.

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Eight addiction medicine fellowship programs accredited by The ABAM Foundation

Total Programs Accredited by American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation Now Stands at 18

Chevy Chase, Maryland – April 15, 2013 – The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) Foundation today announced the accreditation of eight addiction medicine fellowship programs, bringing the total number of accredited programs to 18. Physicians who complete an Addiction Medicine Foundation fellowship are eligible to sit for the ABAM certification examination in order to become board certified in addiction medicine.

The fellowship programs, which are modeled on the Foundation’s national guidelines, Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Addiction Medicine, are based at leading medical institutions across the U.S. and Canada. Accreditation of these new programs means that there are now 47 addiction medicine fellowship slots available, although some slots are not yet funded.

“These new fellowships will help insure that trained addiction medicine physicians join other addiction professionals in the interdisciplinary care of patients with addictive disorders,” said Jeffrey H. Samet, MD, MA, MPH, President, ABAM and Addiction Medicine Foundation Board of Directors, Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. “This clinical training coupled with passage of our rigorous examination will help to provide evidence-based addiction treatment to those who need it.”

The new fellowship programs are located at the Betty Ford Center/Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, CA; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Hartford Hospital, Middletown, CT; St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, MI; St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, CA; and Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT (see end of release for more detail).

“We greatly value medical education and this Addiction Medicine Foundation accreditation acknowledges this,” said James W. Golden, MD, Program Director, Betty Ford Center Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program. “We take this very seriously and are ready to step up to the plate to do the vital work necessary to educate physicians on the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders and medical and psychiatric complications of addiction. This accreditation is a validation that the Betty Ford Center has the expertise in both faculty and staff to accomplish this.”

The new fellowship programs join those located at Saint Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals, Addiction Institute of New York; Boston University Medical Center; University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Geisinger Health System at Marworth, Waverly, PA; University of Minnesota Medical School; New York University School of Medicine; The University at Buffalo (SUNY) School of Medicine; University of Florida; University of Maryland School of Medicine; and the University of Wisconsin.

“Our workforce projections suggest that, by 2020, we will need 50 addiction medicine fellowship training programs with 200 physician slots,” said Richard Blondell, MD, Chair of the Foundation’s Training and Accreditation Committee, and Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine. “One of the main obstacles to establishing these programs is funding.”

The Addiction Medicine Foundation-accredited fellowship programs provide subspecialty training, which is offered to physicians already trained in a specialty such as internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, emergency medicine, surgery, preventive medicine, or obstetrics and gynecology.

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology offers its own fellowships in the psychiatry subspecialty of addiction psychiatry. There are 45 addiction psychiatry fellowship programs in the U.S.

The new training programs have been established at a time of increasing promise for addiction treatment, and increased need for trained treatment providers. Recent scientific discoveries have confirmed that addiction is a chronic disease of the brain caused by biological and developmental factors, with unique vulnerabilities and pathology, and a predictable course, if not interrupted by effective treatment. An increasing number of medically based addiction treatments have recently become available. Expanded coverage and demand for addiction medicine physicians will increase, as 30 million formerly uninsured Americans become covered under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Accrediting these and future training programs will help to assure the American public that addiction physician specialists have the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and treat addiction, and that trained physicians are available to address common medical or psychiatric conditions related to the use of addictive substances.

Historically, physician training in addiction medicine has been lacking. Separate courses in addiction medicine are rarely taught in medical school, and there are no addiction medicine residencies among the 8,887 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited residency programs in the nation’s hospitals. Prior to ABAM’s formation, only the specialty of psychiatry offered sub-specialized training and certification in addictions. Once the Foundation has demonstrated that its fellowships meet ACGME criteria, it will apply to the ACGME to accredit them.

The Addiction Medicine Foundation’s purpose is to establish and accredit addiction medicine training programs and support the mission of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. ABAM’s mission is to improve the quality of care in the medical specialty of addiction medicine, establish standards and procedures, and certify physicians as experts in this specialized field of medical practice. ABAM’s goal is to have a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) certify physicians in addiction medicine. ABAM and The Addiction Medicine Foundation are governed by 16 distinguished physicians from a range of medical specialties, each of whom is certified by a member board of the ABMS. For more information, visit: http://www.abam.net. More detail on the new Addiction Medicine Foundation-accredited residencies follows.

New Addiction Medicine Fellowship Training Programs:

Betty Ford Center Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Sponsoring Institution: Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, CA
Total Addiction Medicine Foundation-approved Positions: 1
Program Director: James W. Golden, MD

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Sponsoring Institution: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Total Addiction Medicine Foundation-approved Positions: 3
Program Director: Lisa Lefebvre, MD

Rushford Addiction Medicine Residency/Fellowship Program
Sponsoring Institution: Hartford Hospital, Middletown, CT
Total Addiction Medicine Foundation-approved Positions: 1
Program Director: Samuel M. Silverman, MD, FAPA

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Sponsoring Institution: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, MI
Total Addiction Medicine Foundation-approved Positions: 1
Program Director: John A. Hopper, MD, FAAP, FACP, FASAM

St. Paul’s Hospital Goldcorp Fellowship in Addiction Medicine
Sponsoring Institution: St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Total Addiction Medicine Foundation-approved Positions: 4
Program Director: Launette M. Rieb, MSc, MD

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Sponsoring Institution: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Total Addiction Medicine Foundation-approved Positions: 2
Program Director: Christopher L. Adelman, MD

Stanford Addiction Medicine Program
Sponsoring Institution: Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, CA
Total Addiction Medicine Foundation-approved Positions: 2
Program Director: Anna Lembke, MD

Yale University Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Sponsoring Institution: Yale-New Haven Hospital, Location: New Haven, CT
Total Addiction Medicine Foundation-approved Positions: 4
Program Director: Jeanette M. Tetrault, MD FACP