Training and Education

The training and education components of the program will be provided by the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, which provides virtual consultative clinics linking participating primary care providers and their peers with addiction specialists.

 

 

The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-Hour CME/Certificate Program
for Primary Care Providers
Addiction is a chronic brain disease and there are treatments available to help patients.

The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-Hour Program

The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-Hour Program is a needs-based curriculum that addresses the most important areas of knowledge and skills for the diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders by providers who see patients at risk for or with substance use disorders (SUDs). Participants will learn how to recognize, screen, treat and refer patients with substance use disorders through 40 CME hours of interactive, case-based learning specifically designed for healthcare professionals with limited time and resources.

Target Audience

Primary care physicians, clinicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, emergency/urgent care providers, and general psychiatrists and other members of the healthcare team interested in learning more about addiction medicine and how to recognize, treat, and/or refer patients with substance use disorders.

Program Distinction

The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Program is one of ASAM’s top three priorities and a unique educational offering:

Fulfilling an unmet need…

The Fundamentals program is based on a needs assessment of primary care providers. It was started in 2013 to address the gaps in institutional medical education which does not include addiction medicine, despite the crucial patient need.

Using innovative learning formats that can reach learners where they are…

The program utilizes a variety of innovative live and online learning formats. For example, live workshops keep learners engaged with a listen, demo and do format. Online sessions include video clips, activities, and other interactive features. Another special offering is ASAM’s Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine ECHO (FAME) clinics in collaboration with the ECHO Institute – University of New Mexico. The FAME clinics are virtual real-time experiences with experts and the opportunity to discuss cases submitted by participants.

Addressing essentials competencies in addition medicine for the whole team…

The entire curriculum is mapped to identified competencies and learning objectives, making it both cohesive and comprehensive. The curriculum recognizes the need for an expanded workforce, utilizing the team-care model of treatment to provide better patient care. 

Developed over multiple years and vetted…

ASAM’s committee of experts created, evaluated, and revised the Fundamentals program over the past three years, to ensure providers received the highest quality education. The pilot program was a success and ASAM is ready to offer the 40-Hour Program to other national and state medical institutions and organizations.

 

Program Components

The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-Hour CME/Certificate Program is comprised of five components. All components and activities align with the nine identified addiction medicine competencies for primary care providers. ASAM has also gathered a collection of resources and tools reviewed by experts related to various topics of addiction medicine and working with patients at risk for or with substance use disorders (SUD) to supplement participant’s learning.

The overall Fundamentals curriculum addresses the following areas:

  • Attitudes towards addiction and treating patients with addiction
  • Neurobiology of addiction
  • Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Medical and Psychiatric Co-morbidities
  • Diagnosing substance use disorders
  • Developing a treatment plan
  • Substance use disorders medications

Please see below for a complete listing and description of the ASAM courses.

 

Flexibility in the Training Program

While we hope that providers will take advantage of all of the offered training and mentorship opportunities offered, participating providers do not have to participate in the full ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-hour Program. The only course in the 40-hour program that is required for participating Oklahoma providers is the ASAM Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course, which includes all requirements needed to successfully obtain the buprenorphine waiver.

For physicians, this 8-hour (8 live or 4 live + 4 online) course fulfills the buprenorphine waiver training requirements; for NPs and PAs, an additional 16 hours is required to complete the training needed in advance of obtaining the waiver. The additional 16 training hours for NPs and PAs may be fulfilled through selected activities within the ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-hour Program.

While not required, the project team strongly recommends that participating providers attend the ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine –Live or Online Workshop (an additional 8 or 5 hours, respectively); and at least two of the offered Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine ECHO (FAME) Clinics (which are 2 hours each session). The FAME Clinics are held in collaboration with the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. The MAT Expansion Project provides a webcam to each participating rural Oklahoma primary care practice, along with the software needed to participate in these remote consultative sessions with addition specialists.

 

Complete Listing of ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine Training Courses

The complete listing and description of the course requirements for the full ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine 40-hour Program are listed below, along with their corresponding CME hours.

Activity

CME Hours

The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine – A Live Workshop

A practical, case-based workshop in which participants interact in small groups to discuss information about addiction and its appropriate diagnosis and treatment.  The workshop includes a mix of brief lectures, demonstration and practice of skills. It is recommended participants take this activity of the 40-hour program first, to provide a base of knowledge and to get the most value from the other activities of the curriculum.

OR

The ASAM Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine – Online Workshop

(Coming Soon)
For participants, unable to attend the live workshop, ASAM will offer a 5-hour online version of the workshop.

 

8 (Live)

 

OR

 

5 (Online)

The CO*RE/ASAM Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives

This course reviews safe prescribing habits and examines the difference between extended-release and long-acting and short-acting medications for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). The course will also include information from the CDC guidelines and includes information provided by the FDA blueprint for Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) education. Participants of the 40-hour program may attend a live course, live webinar or fulfill the requirement online.

2.5

The ASAM Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course –

Includes Waiver Qualifying Requirements
Covers the medication treatments for Opioid Use Disorder and the requirements needed to obtain the waiver to prescribe buprenorphine under the Drug Abuse Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) and Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). The 8-hour course alone fulfills the requirements for physicians. NPs and PAs are required under CARA to complete an additional 16-hours. ASAM provides the additional 16-hours required for NPs and PAs. Completion of the 8-hour course and selected activities of the 40-Hour Program will also fulfill requirements for the additional 16 hours.

8 (Live)

OR

4 (Live) +
4 (Online)

Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine ECHO (FAME) Clinics 

(in collaboration with the ECHO Institute – University of New Mexico)
The ECHO video conference model is used to connect participants with a panel of addiction and multidisciplinary experts. Clinics are two hours, and include a 20 to 30-minute addiction didactic presentation and lively discussions on case presentations submitted by participants. Participants must attend at least 4 (four) TeleECHO clinics and present one case to fulfill this component of the 40-Hour Program.   

 

8

Elective Topics

Participants select from a broad range of topics especially created to meet the needs of primary care physicians and clinicians. Participants may choose online modules and topics based on their needs and the needs of their patients. Completion of additional FAME TeleECHO clinics beyond the required four are also eligible to fulfill this activity. The number of elective hours will complete the 40-hour requirement.

13.5

OR

16.5

Total

40 Hours