Virginia Society of Addiction MedicineVASAM

Thank you for joining us at VASAM 2023!
Save the Date for VASAM 2024: Nov 1-2, 2024
at the Westin Dulles in Herndon, VA!


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VaSAM provides a forum for sharing ideas between Virginia addictionists, especially regarding clinical management strategies and strategies for interfacing with managed care organizations.
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The Annual Conference, WHAM Series, Addiction 101, and other opportunities provide a vehicle for higher quality information, prevention, training, and treatment regarding addiction problems.
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Nov 1-2, 2024, Westin Dulles, Herndon, VirginiaVASAM 2024 Annual Conference

Addiction 101

Addiction 101 Workshop

Speaker: Mary McMasters, MD, DFASAM

Description:  You’ve had YEARS of undergrad science.  Then you had more in your health professions school.  But, how much science teaching did you receive about the disease of Addiction?  Compare that with all the science you received about Diabetes.  Did you know that the prevalence of the disease of Addiction equals the prevalence of Diabetes in the United States?  These patients are in your office, across the desk from you, begging for help —or for controlled substances — and you don’t know where to begin.  There is help!!  For you AND for them.  Join us for Addiction Medicine 101.

This course is a quick introduction to the basic science of Addiction taught by a board-certified Addictionologist.  (Yes, there IS science that can be applied to the disease of Addiction.)  This course covers basic definitions, pathophysiology, diagnosis and most importantly, the correct approach when triaging and treating people with the disease of Addiction.  Addiction IS treatable.  People CAN get better.

ADDICTION 101 is a three-four hour course which will be available at VaSAM’s Annual Conference.   Organizations may also contact us regarding individualized presentations.

WHAM 2023 Series

“What is Hot in Addiction Medicine” – WHAM is a quarterly webinar series which explores specific addiction medicine topics. I

You will find the upcoming WHAM 2024 webinars as well as details on past WHAM Series below. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

WHAM #1: The Opioid Abatement Authority: Changing How Virginia Thinks About Addiction
WHAM #2: Treating Hepatitis-C in the Addiction Treatment Setting
WHAM #3: Buprenorphine Boot Camp
WHAM #4: Auricular Neural Stimulation as a New Non-Invasive Treatment for Opioid Withdrawal
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Questions about ASAM or VaSAM Membership? Interested in becoming a speaker or an exhibitor at our next event? Send us your inquiries through the website and a member of our team will be in touch.

All the poster topics were good so it was hard to choose the best. I am inspired to join in the poster presentations next year.

VASAM Annual Conference Attendee

I especially benefited from Neurobiology by Dr Ajay Manhapra and the concept of peer support specialist from Dr. Thompson. Having the distinguished State Official present made me feel good that someone in his high position was interested in the stepchild, Addiction Medicine.

2020 Attendee
VaSAM Conference

The conference increased my confidence in my practice.

2020 Attendee
VaSAM Conference

Excellent presentation! It was very helpful to have the patient share his experience. I appreciated the interaction and the questions and discussion. Great job.

2020 Attendee
VaSAM Conference

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The opportunities to network and collaborate with other VaSAM members makes the membership so much more than just seminars and CMEs.

Daniel Ageze, MD
Membership Chair