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2020 DFASAM Application

Open: Sunday, August 11, 2019 12:00:00 AM - Sunday, September 15, 2019 11:59:00 PM


Criteria to Apply

In order to qualify as an ASAM Distinguished Fellow, at a minimum, you must meet each of the following six criteria and provide documentation:

  1. Member for at least five consecutive years.
  2. Certified by ASAM, ABAM,ABPN in Addiction Psychiatry, ABPM subspecialty in Addiction Medicine,
  3. Given significant service to ASAM in at least three of the ten areas below:
    1. Completed at least one term on the ASAM Board of Directors.
    2. Served as Chair of an ASAM committee, task force, or work group OR served as a member and can provide documentation of repeated and significant contributions for at least two years to the work of the committee. 
    3. Completed at least one term as an ASAM delegate or alternate delegate to the AMA.
    4. Completed at least one term as an officer of AND made significant contributions to an active Chapter of ASAM, documented in this application. 
    5. Served as a Chair or Vice-Chair of a state, regional or national ASAM conference.
    6. Served as a member on the planning committee of at least two state, regional or national ASAM conferences, documented in this application.
    7. Served as the speaker at three or more national ASAM conferences.
    8. Served on the editorial board of an ASAM national publication.
    9. Authored content three or more times in an ASAM national publication.
    10. Other related clinical contributions such as developing an unique model for addiction treatment or advancing the knowledge base of Addiction Medicine.
  4. Have contributed significantly to your community in addiction or substance use related services in at least one of the five areas below:
    1. Represented addiction medicine as an officer, committee member or representative to another medical or professional organization such as the AMA, AOA, ASIM, APA, RSA, etc.
    2. Made a strong commitment to volunteerism for more than one year. Participation in non-compensated activities of social significance for at least one year such as: volunteer work at community health agencies with charters related to addiction, volunteer services on a Board of Directors for a health agency, or volunteer work with the JCAHO, County Aids Task Force, schools, Boy Scouts, etc. Additional examples include:  teaching alcoholism and drug abuse information to patients in publicly funded treatment or education program, or presentations of formal lectures in the substance abuse field to physicians and/or health care providers in the addiction field. 
    3. Contributed significantly to political or social change in the areas that support the mission of addiction medicine. Examples include:
      a. Grass roots or other lobbying for addiction related health issues.
      b. Completed at least one term as an elected or appointed public official. You must document your addiction
      or substance use related agenda during this term.
      c. Served as a committee member in the political process to further the mission of an addiction medicine or
      d. Testified before local, state, or federal legislative bodies to further the mission of addiction medicine or ASAM.
    4. Made teaching contributions (five years minimum) in a graduate level program setting such as the appointment to a medical society faculty in substance abuse education or training.
    5. Published in peer reviewed journals, books, or chapters of books, written for the education of professionals with a
      strong emphasis placed on addiction related topics. This item should not include ASAM National publications.
  5. Your $250 (U.S. funds only) application fee must be submitted along with your application.
  6. A written endorsement from a Former National ASAM President, Board Member, State Chapter President, Regional Director, or Standing Committee Chair indicating a knowledge of your accomplishments, commitment to the field of addiction, professionalism, and recommendation for your appointment.
  7. Please note: To continue the use of the ASAM Distinguished Fellow designation, you must remain an ASAM member in good standing and maintain your certification by ABAM, ABPN in Addiction Psychiatry, or ABPM subspecialty in Addiction Medicine.

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