Session 16: Board Exam Preparation (.75 CME)

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Recorded On: 07/27/2018

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(.75 CME) In this session recording from The ASAM Review Course in Addiction Medicine 2018, the following topics are addressed: ABPM MOC, 2018 Addiction Medicine Exam Structure and Layout, Epidemiology, Ethics and the Law, Alcohol, Opioids, Prevention and Public Health, Pain and Addiction.

Abigail J. Herron


Abigail J. Herron, DO, is the Director of Psychiatry and the Director of the Fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the Institute for Family Health.  She is board certified in adult psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine, and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai.  

Dr. Herron is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.  She graduated from Wesleyan University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Herron completed her psychiatry residency at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals, where she was also chief resident, and a clinical research fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.  

Her academic interests include integrated care, women’s health, and medical education.  She is the co-editor of the Addiction Casebook, and the editor-in-chief of ASAM’s Essentials of Addiction Medicine.  Dr. Herron is also in private practice in New York City. 

Erin A. Zerbo


Erin Zerbo, MD, FASAM is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and the Associate Director of Medical Student Education. She will serve as Director of the Wellness Center at University Hospital when it opens in Fall 2015.

She received her B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003, and her M.D. from New York University School of Medicine in 2007. She continued in a psychiatry residency at New York University, where she served as chief resident during her PGY-IV year and received the Harold I. Kaplan Memorial Award for excellence in teaching and the Wendy Rives Memorial Award for compassion in working with the severely mentally ill. Following residency, she remained at NYU for a one-year fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry.

Prior to her faculty position at Rutgers, Dr. Zerbo served as the Associate Director of the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service at Bellevue Hospital and the Associate Director of the NYU Addiction Psychiatry fellowship.

Dr. Zerbo's primary interest has always been the treatment of addiction in the context of public psychiatry. She is especially interested in the pharmacotherapy of substance use disorders among underserved populations, and in addressing systemic barriers to integrated and continuous care. Recent publications include a chapter entitled “Co-occurring Personality Disorders and Addiction" in The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine textbook, and an article accepted for publication in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry which explores how to improve attitudes of psychiatry residents toward patients with substance use disorders.

Edwin A. Salsitz


Dr. Edwin A. Salsitz has been an attending physician in the Mount Sinai Beth Israel , Division of Chemical Dependency, New York City, since 1983, and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is the principal investigator of the Methadone Medical Maintenance (office-based methadone maintenance) research project. 

Dr. Salsitz is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), as well as by the Board of Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease. He has published and lectures frequently on addiction medicine topics.Dr. Salsitz is a course director for ASAM sponsored buprenorphine trainings,and is a mentor in the PCSS-MAT mentoring program. He has co-chaired the ASAM Review Course, the ASAM Common Threads Course, the ASAM State of the Art course and is a reviewer for the Journal of Addiction Medicine and Drug and Alcohol Dependence. He is the chair of the ASAM REMS course on safe and effective prescribing of opioids. 

Dr. Salsitz was the Co-chair of the ASAM CME committee and Chair of the New York Society of Addiction Medicine CME and Education committee. Dr. Salsitz is a member of the medical advisory panel, for the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services.  Dr. Salsitz is the recipient of the 2014 ASAM Annual Award, and the 2018 ASAM Annual Educator of the Year Award.

Adam Gordon


Adam Gordon, MD MPH FACP DFASAM CMRO is the Elbert F. and Marie Christensen Endowed Research Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Chief of Addiction Medicine at the Salt Lake City VA Healthcare System. He is a board certified internal medicine (American Board of Internal Medicine) and addiction medicine physician (American Board of Addiction Medicine) and has received distinction in both fields as a Fellow in the American College of Physicians (FACP) and a Distinguished Fellow in the American Society of Addiction Medicine (DFASAM). Prior to moving to Salt Lake City in the Winter of 2017, he was a Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Sciences and an Advisory Dean in Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He maintains an active internal medicine – addiction medicine practice and has been honored nationally for his community service and clinical activities.

He has a 17-year track record of conducting clinical, health services, and implementation scienceresearch on the quality, equity, and efficiency of health care for vulnerable populations, including patients with opioid use and other substance disorders and/or who are homeless. Major themes of his current research include the identification and implementation of evidence-based care for patients with addiction disorders and understanding the intersection of pain syndromes, opioid misuse, and engagement into opioid use disorder treatment. He is a prior VA Health Services Research and Development Service Career Development Awardee. His research has been funded by the NIH, VA, AHRQ, PCORI, SAMHSA, among others. He has authored over 150 peer reviewed scientific papers, several books and book chapters, and hundreds of peer reviewed scholarly abstracts, presentations, and other work. He has been recognized with several national research awards for his research, including the Young Investigator of the Year from the Association for Medical Education and Research on Substance Abuse (AMERSA).

His professional career has been noted for service to federal government, community initiatives, and mentoring. For example, he directs the Buprenorphine Initiative in the VA where he leads a national consult service to increase the implementation of medication treatment for opioid use disorder. He is the Director of the National Coordinating Center for the VA Office of Academic Affiliations Advanced Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Addiction Research and Treatment, where he coordinates educational activities for fellowship sites across the country. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Substance Abuse, the Board of Directors of the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors, and the Board of Directors of AMERSA. He has had leading positions with several organizations including American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM. Chair of Continuing Medical Education), Allegheny County Medical Society (President, Board of Directors), and Pennsylvania Medical Society (Board of Trustees).

As a senior, tenured, faculty member, he is passionate about training the next generation of clinicians and clinical researchers. Apart from this advising of hundreds of medical students in his prior capacity as an Advisory Dean at the University of Pittsburgh, he has educated, trained, or mentored over 50 post-graduate scholars to be leaders in scholarly activities involving addiction treatment. His mentees have received research career development awards, large VA/NIH research grants, and local and national young investigator of the year awards. As a testament to his teaching and mentoring expertise, he was named as one of the inaugural VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) National Mentor Network (MNet) mentors. In addition, he has received of research mentoring awards including from the University of Pittsburgh, the AMA, and AMERSA (2013 W. Anderson Spickard, Jr. Excellence in Mentorship Award).

Adam lives with his wife, Margaret Conroy, MD MPH and children Lillian, Neil, and Martha in Salt Lake City, Utah. He enjoys gardening and tennis.


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CME Quiz
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CME Credit and Certificate
Up to 0.75 medical credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 0.75 medical credits available  |  Certificate available .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits