New ASAM Members Gather at Reception

New members of ASAM networked with ASAM officials, including ASAM President Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH,MBA, FAPA, (center) Thursday evening at the New Member Reception.

New members of ASAM networked with ASAM officials, including ASAM President Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH,MBA, FAPA, (center) Thursday evening at the New Member Reception.

ASAM has experienced tremendous growth in membership over the past few years. In 2012, 626 physicians joined the society, and 351 physicians have already joined the society so far in 2013. Many of those new members gathered to meet one another Friday night at the New Member Reception.

ASAM has added many new and enhanced benefits for members, and these can be broken down into three main categories.

Information: The Journal of Addiction Medicine, ASAM’s research journal, is now published six times a year. Peer-reviewed articles published in the Journal focus on developments in addiction medicine as well as treatment innovations. ASAM also recently launched ASAM Magazine as an online publication, with a dynamic and engaging online format. This new publication features timely news on member benefits and ASAM activities, and allows readers to comment on articles and provide feedback.

Education: ASAM’s e-Live Learning Center offers audio-synchronized PowerPoint presentations and printed materials captured from many of ASAM’s live courses. Members may purchase and download content at discounted member rates, and more than 200 hours of content is available for CME credit. Last fall, ASAM also launched the Interactive Exam Preparation (IEP), as a study companion for those preparing to take the certification exam in addiction medicine. The IEP includes more than 350 sample test questions and answers presented in an interactive and engaging format.

Discounts: Members are eligible for discounted member pricing on all ASAM conferences and publications, including the revised Patient Placement Criteria, now known as The ASAM Criteria, which will be released this fall. The ASAM Criteria is the most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for placement, continued stay, and discharge of patients with addictive disorders. ASAM also recently launched a Member Rewards program that offers discounts on hundreds of items that members purchase for their practice and personal use.