Opening Scientific Plenary & Distinguished Scientist Lecture (1.5 CME)

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(1.5 CME) In this conference recording from the 2018 Annual Conference, you will be energized as Dr. Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA, DFASAM, leads the Opening Scientific Plenary Session, focusing on the incredible impact addiction medicine providers can have on an individual, policy, and the future of treatment and science.

Elinore F. McCance-Katz


Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, is the first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use. She advises the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary on improving behavioral healthcare in America and leads the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency responding to the nation’s opioid crisis. Dr. McCance-Katz fervently supports evidence-based early intervention, treatment, and recovery services for people who have mental health and substance use disorders. Dr. McCance-Katz has more than 25 years of experience as a clinician, teacher, and researcher.

Michael E. Charness


Michael E. Charness, MD, became Chief of Staff for the VA Boston Healthcare System in 2003. His laboratory, with support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the VA, studies the mechanisms of alcohol toxicity in the nervous system and the development of drugs that block alcohol toxicity. Dr. Charness is scientific director of the NIAAA-funded Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and chairs the external advisory board for the NIH-funded Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. He has cared for patients with neurological complications of alcohol use disorder and peripheral nerve disorders throughout his career.

Judy Collins

Singer/Songwriter, Musician

Judy Collins is a modern-day renaissance woman who is also an accomplished songwriter, painter, filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and a high-demand speaker for mental health and addiction. She will share her story about addiction, personal triumph, how an addiction doctor helped her understand for the first time that she had a disease, and how she could get help and change her life. Ms. Collins continues to inspire audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, and music of hope and healing that speaks to the heart.

ACCME Accredited with Commendation

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABPM Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.5 LLSA credits towards ABPM MOC Part II requirements.

ABAM Transitional Maintenance of Certification (tMOC)

This course has been approved by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Physicians enrolled in the ABAM Transitional Maintenance of Certification Program (tMOC) can apply a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for completing this course.


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CME Quiz
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CME Evaluation
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CME Credit and Certificate
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Up to 1.50 medical credits available  |  Certificate available 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™