Writing Addiction Case Reports for Peer-Reviewed Publications (1 CME)

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Publishing clinical case reports can help communicate new observations and improve clinical care. They also represent scholarship that is do-able for a wide range of addiction clinicians, educators and researchers. Writing a case report is not the same as a clinical research paper nor is it the same as documenting a history and physical. International standards have been developed along with simple checklists to apply them. Journal editors look for the presence of key features in these reports to decide whether they are publishable. In this workshop we will use examples (published, and brought by participants) to discuss international standards by which case reports are evaluated. We will provide guidance regarding how to make it more likely that your case report can be published. The presenters, editors of ASAM's Journal of Addiction Medicine, aim to provide encouragement and support for addiction specialists to write and submit case reports and to educate trainees regarding doing so. As a panel we will entertain questions and answers from the audience. Teaching will be by presentation of standards, group discussion of their application, and review of examples. Attendees are encouraged to send their work in advance or bring it to the workshop. Some will be selected for discussion and critical appraisal. In lieu of those, we will share examples from the literature. During the session we will review case report checklists, apply them to papers, practice developing an outline of content and structure for a case report, and discuss features that make such reports valuable.

Richard Saitz


Richard Saitz MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM is a general internist (DABIM) and primary care physician, an addiction medicine specialist (DABAM), Chair and Professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University (BU) School of Public Health, and Professor of Medicine at BU School of Medicine. He Chaired the Treatment and Services review committee for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, is Associate Editor of JAMA and Senior Editor of Journal of Addiction Medicine, Section Editor and sole author of key chapters in UpToDate on unhealthy substance use, an editor of the ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine, and author of >200 peer-reviewed publications http://profiles.bu.edu/display/151440 http://www.bu.edu/sph/profile/richard-saitz/ He was Director of Boston Medical Center’s Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit for over a decade, has been Chairman of an Institutional Review Board, Associate Director of Clinical Research for BU, President of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), steering committee member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and was coordinating committee member of International Network for Brief Intervention for Alcohol and other drug problems (INEBRIA). He is Vice President of the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE). His primary areas of expertise supported by NIH, RWJF, and SAMHSA, are screening and brief intervention, integrating substance-related and general health care, improving the quality of care for people with unhealthy substance use, particularly in general health settings, and basing care on science. He validated single-item screening questions recommended by NIDA and NIAAA. Awards: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Boston Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award, Best Doctors in America®, AMERSA’s W. Anderson Spickard, Jr. Excellence in Mentorship Award, the R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award (ASAM), Research Society on Alcoholism Distinguished Researcher Award.

Michael A. Arends


Michael A. Arends, B.Sc., is Senior Research Assistant in the Department of Neuroscience at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California, where he has worked for the past 20+ years. He graduated in 1995 from the University of California, San Diego, with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. He is currently Managing Editor of Journal of Addiction Medicine (since 2008) and Managing Editor of Pharmacology Biochemistry & Behavior (since 2007). His research interests primarily include drug and alcohol addiction, neuroscience, and neuropsychopharmacology. In 2014, he co-authored the book "Drugs, Addiction and the Brain" with Dr. George Koob and Dr. Michel Le Moal.

Howard Moss


Howard B. Moss, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the University of California at Riverside, and Co-Editor of the Journal of Addiction Medicine. He is a board-certified psychiatrist with added qualifications in the subspecialty of Addiction Psychiatry, and is the former Associate Director for Clinical and Translational Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He has authored over 165 peer-reviewed scientific journal publications and three books. He has been Professor of Psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and the University of Pittsburgh prior to assuming his role at N.I.H., and has held a Senior Scientist Award from National Institute on Drug Abuse.  His research has focused on the clinical manifestations of substance use disorders, their etiology, and the intergenerational transmission of risk and resilience.  This work has employed diverse methodologies that include psychiatric epidemiology, advanced statistical methods, neurochemistry/neuropharmacology, psychophysiology, biomarker development, neuroimaging, and molecular and behavioral genetics.  Dr. Moss also maintains a private practice of addiction psychiatry in La Jolla, California where he specialized in treating adolescent and adults with problematic involvement with alcohol and drugs, with a special emphasis on abuse of alcohol and prescription opiates. 

Frank J. Vocci


Frank Vocci, PhD, President and Senior Research Scientist, Friends Research Institute, Baltimore, MD. Following a post-doctoral fellowship in addiction pharmacology at the Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Frank Vocci spent 11 years at the FDA, rising to the level of Chief of the Drug Abuse Staff. At the FDA, he reviewed applications for marketing of medications for analgesic medications and for the treatment of substance abuse disorders. He also participated in domestic and international drug control issues. In 1989, he joined the Medications Development Program at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He became the Director of the Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse (DPMC) in 1997 where he was responsible for overseeing research and development activities in medications development for the treatment of addictive disorders. He was also responsible for biomedical research in the medical consequences of drug abuse, primarily AIDS and hepatitis C research. During his tenure, the DPMC collaborated on the development of four addiction drug products that were approved by the FDA. Dr. Vocci has published over 100 articles in neuropharmacology and the treatment of substance abuse and its consequences. In 2001, he received a Meritorious Executive award from President Bush for his management of the NIDA medications development program. Dr. Vocci also received a Distinguished Service Award in 2003 from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence for his contributions to the development of buprenorphine as a treatment for opiate dependence. In 2006 Dr. Vocci received the Vernelle Fox award from the California Society of Addiction Medicine and the FeDerSerD (Italian Addiction Society) award. Dr. Vocci has been a co-editor of the Journal of Addiction Medicine since 2012 and is a past-president of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.

Martha J. Wunsch


Martha J Wunsch, MD, FAAP , DFASAM is an addiction specialist with The Permanente Medical Group in Northern California. She is the Program Director for the Kaiser Addiction Medicine Fellowship and Medical Director of the San Leandro Hospital Addiction Medicine Consultation and Liaiason Service. Marty earned a medical degree at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, completed a pediatric internship and residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (1983-1986), and practiced general pediatrics in the Indian Health Service in Arizona.

Dr. Wunsch was the Hoff Addiction Medicine Fellow at Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University (2000-2002). She is a distinguished fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a founding co-editor of the Journal of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Wunsch is a founding director of the American Board of Addiction and the President Elect of The Addiction Medicine Foundation.


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