Mission Statement Physicians dedicated to improving the treatment of substance use disorders. A State chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Early Bird Registration Ends June 30. Save up to $200. 

CSAM Addiction Medicine Review Course and Board Exam Preparation Track

August 24 - 27, 2017 
Hilton Union Square, San Francisco

This Course presents an overview of the core elements of addiction medicine, presented by top experts in the field. It can serve as a broad review for clinicians, a review of the basics for newcomers, or a starting point for those preparing to sit for the Board of Addiction Exam. Participants sit at tables with a facilitator to guide case discussions. Participants receive a course syllabus on a USB drive with copies of all lecture handouts and selected articles and have the opportunity to purchase a print syllabus. Up to 19 units of AMA/PRA Category 1 Credit. Friday: 7 units; Saturday: 7 units; Sunday: 5 units

Important Notices for CSAM Members

Call for Nominations for CSAM Executive Council
In compliance with CSAM's bylaws, this serves as notice and a call for CSAM members to submit nominations for election to the CSAM Executive Council.  Names should be submitted to csam@csam-asam.org by June 26. The Nominating Committee will put forward a slate for a vote of the members at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting.

Notice of Annual Meeting of CSAM Members
The Annual Meeting of the Members will be held Saturday, August 26 from 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm at the San Francisco Hilton Union Square locate at 333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco (during the Addiction Medicine Review Course).

CSAM Releases Results of Survey on Insurance Barriers to Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders 

The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) conducted a statewide survey during the September 2016 to assess insurance barriers in California to the treatment of patients with opioid use disorders. A report, authored by David Kan, MD, CSAM President-Elect and Chair of the Committee on Opioids, and approved by the CSAM Executive Council is being circulated to insurance providers and policy makers in California.

This survey documented that insurance-imposed barriers to medically-assisted treatment of opioid dependence continue to exist. Among the survey's findings: 62% of physicians whose patients have insurance coverage find it difficult to access medication-assisted treatment (MAT); 46% experience barriers to maintenance treatment, 47% are unable to prescribe, due to coverage limits, the formulations that they believe are best for the patient, and 35% experience difficulty prescribing the dose needed by their patient.

Read the Report

Continuing Medical Education

CSAM Webinar Series

CSAM is sponsoring a series of 12 monthly webinars designed to support the implementation of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) of opioid use disorders in primary care.   

 Friday, June 23, 2017, 12:00 noon PDT
 Complex Chronic Pain, Opioid Prescribing and Opioid Use Disorder: Pitfalls, Pearls and New Directions

Friday, July 28, 2017, 12:00 noon PDT
How to Build a Controlled Substance Review Committee in Your Primary Care Clinic: Why? Who? How?