Overview of Addiction Medicine (1.5 CME)

This symposium will provide a rapid review of recent updates from the scientific literature from 2015 to 2016 in addiction medicine. We will begin with articles related to the neurobiology of addiction and progress to epidemiology, pharmacology, intoxication and withdrawal syndromes, screening and diagnosis, mutual help, special topics including harm reduction, special populations including the criminal justice population, and end with an overview of addiction treatments including pharmacologic and behavioral interventions. We will review key articles from the past twelve months, with a focus on those published in high impact factor journals and studies with particularly noteworthy findings. We will structure this as a "rapid-fire journal club" and will encourage audience participation. We will also discuss implications of research findings and possible relevance to clinical practice. The goal of this symposium is to provide the learner with a concise, structured, and evidence-based summary of the most recent scientific evidence in the field using The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine, fifth edition as a guide.

Sarah Wakeman


Sarah Wakeman, MD, FASAM, is the Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Initiative and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical school. She is also co-medical director of the MGH Addiction Consult Team. Dr. Wakeman received her undergraduate and medical degrees at Brown University. She completed internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital followed by chief residency. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Joshua D. Lee


Joshua D. Lee MD, MSc is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine and is a physician at Bellevue Hospital Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, and in the NYC jails. He directs the NYU ABAM Fellowship in Addiction Medicine. His research focuses on novel and medication treatments for addiction among criminal justice and primary care populations.


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