Society News

Live Learning Center To Offer PowerPoints from Presentations
A highlight of the Medical-Scientific Conference has been the launch of some parts of ASAM’s Live Learning Center, which allows users to view educational presentations online and earn CME credits.

All of the presentations from the conference can be accessed from the ASAM home page ( and clicking on the Live Learning Center link. Starting in May, anyone who registered for the Conference will have access to audio files from 91 recorded sessions synched to PowerPoint presentations and handouts as an attendee benefit.

While only 22 hours of CME credit are physically available at the conference, users can earn up to 51 credits through the Live Learning Center.

The content in the center will continue to expand with information from other education opportunities after the conference.

Conference attendees can log on to the site to see what CME credit they earned by attending sessions, and they can print out certificates from home or work.

“This is a great, simple process,” said Lisa Watson, ASAM director of meetings and conferences. “While members are at the conference, they should keep record of which courses they have attended. Then they can either come by the ASAM Exhibit Booth (No. 303) where we’ll have computers available for them to log their hours, or log them on their own computer.”

The Live Learning Center will be available at the end of May after the conclusion of the Medical-Scientific Conference through a link on the ASAM home page (

ASAM Board Approves Document Defining Addiction, Other Actions
The ASAM Board of Directors met Monday and Tuesday, before the Medical-Scientific Conference to address several key measures concerning the Society.

The Board approved a document defining addiction following a presentation from the DDATG Action Group Co-chairs Michael Miller, M.D., FASAM, and Raju Hajela, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM. Approved were the short version, which is online, and the long version, which will be available soon on the ASAM website. This is considered an important step in bringing recognition to addiction medicine.

In other actions, the Board:

Approved 11 public policy statements related to addiction among health care providers. They will be posted on ASAM’s public policy web pages following the conclusion of the conference.

Lori Karan, M.D., FACP, FASAM, Chair of the Publications Council, presented details of a five-year agreement with the publishers of the Journal of Addiction Medicine, which will include exciting opportunities. The agreement was approved.

Dr. Karan also made a presentation about a collaboration with The Change Companies (TCC) regarding the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria for the Treatment of Substance-Related Disorders. David Mee-Lee, M.D., Senior Vice President of TCC, also spoke.

ABAM President Kevin Kunz, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM, updated the Board on the certification of residency training programs.

David K. Mineta, M.S.W., Deputy Director of Demand Reduction, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) made a strategies and initiatives update on addiction policy.

Thanks to Volunteers at Medical-Scientific Conference
ASAM would like to thank the Medical-Scientific Program Committee for all of its hard work and efforts this year.

A special thanks to Gavin Bart, M.D., FASAM, Chair of Program Committee who also provided guidance on the Med-Sci Daily News.

Also thanks to ASAM physicians who reviewed content for the Med-Sci Daily News: Judith Martin, M.D.; Edwin A. Salsitz, M.D.; Raju Hajela, M.D., M.P.H, FASAM

All Conference Attendees Registered for PCSS-M and PCSS-P Projects
All Medical-Scientific Conference attendees are automatically registered for ASAM’s Physician Clinical Support System-Methadone (PCSS-M) and Physician Clinical Support System-Primary Care (PCSS-P) projects.

Look for your confirmation email with opt-out instructions when you return home from the conference.

ASAM Offers Education Courses Throughout the Year
ASAM offers several more education courses throughout the year. Don’t miss out on these courses.

  • Opioid Dependence Treatment Targeting Under-Served and Rural Areas, Advanced Clinical Best Practices, April 30, 2011, Asheville, N.C.
  • Comprehensive MRO: Toxicology Testing and the Physician’s Role in the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse, June 3-5, 2011, Chicago, and December 2-4, 2011, Washington, DC
  • State of the Art in Addiction Medicine, October 27-29, 2011,  Washington, DC
  • Review Course in Addiction Medicine, September 20-22, 2012, Nashville, TN