Review Course Presents Scientific Advances in the Neurobiology of Substance Use Disorders and New Pharmacologic Agents for Addiction Treatment

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The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) Addiction Medicine Review Course, September 3-6, 2014 in Anaheim, California, prepares physicians to take the American Board of Addiction Medicine Certification Exam (offered on November 15) and to refresh their knowledge and understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders.

The California Society of Addiction Medicine's Review Course, is one of the country’s premiere conferences in the field of addiction medicine.

The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) presents its Review Course and ABAM Certification Exam Preparation Track, September 3-6, 2014, at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Anaheim, CA. Up to 31 units of Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) is available to those who attend the entire course.

The CSAM Review Course offers pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, September 3 for an in-depth look at topics ranging from the complex patient, with case-based discussion of patients presenting with substance use disorders as well as pain, prescription opioid abuse, and co-occurring psychiatric conditions; physician well-being; motivational interviewing; and the emerging area of food and addiction.

The course begins on Thursday, September 4 with an overview of the prescription drug epidemic and features Douglas Gourlay, MD discussing misuse and abuse of prescription opiates. Richard Ries, MD provides an overview of addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders as well as a discussion of how DSM-5 impacts diagnostic issues. Thomas Kosten, MD presents an overview of pharmacology as well as stimulants, including emerging treatments. George Koob, PhD, Director at NIAAA, speaks on the neurobiology of addiction; John Kelly, PhD on the evidence behind 12-Step and its role in treatment; and Richard Rawson, PhD on treatment modalities. Peter Banys, MD discusses drug policy — from international perspectives to what California physicians need to know about cannabis reforms.

There are small group discussion of cases relevant to the topics presented to complement the didactic lectures. The Course also features the "ABAM Certification Exam Preparation Track" for those who would like more emphasis on test-taking tips, enriched study materials, practice questions, and guidance on how to make the most of valuable study time. Participants receive a downloadable conference App to view slides, take notes during sessions, explore the full conference schedule, and browse the list of conference attendees. After the conference, participants receive free access to all conference recordings.

To get more information, contact: csam(at)csam-asam(dot)org. To register to attend, go to:

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