2022 VaSAM Conference

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SAVE THE DATE: VASAM 2023 will be held November 3-4, 2023 at the Virginia Beach Marriott Oceanfront Resort. More Details Soon!

VASAM 2022 Day 1 - Agenda

Friday, October 7th
Addiction 101 Course

12:45pm – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Mary McMasters, MD, DFASAM

Description:  You received YEARS of undergrad science.  Then you received even 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.  Yes, just like other diseases, Addiction has its own experts.)  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. View Addiction 101 Brochure.

There will be a Coffee Break from 3:00pm-3:15pm.

5:00pm-5:30pm: VASAM Annual Business Meeting, Part I 

5:30pm-6:30pm: Welcome Reception


AMA Credit Designation Statement: The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACCME Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the Virginia Society of Addiction Medicine. The American Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


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VASAM 2022
Day 2 - Agenda

Saturday, October 8th
Annual Conference

7:15am-8:00am: Breakfast 

8:00am-8:15am: Welcome & Opening Remarks
James Thompson, MD, FASAM, President, VaSAM

8:15am-9:15am: Virginia Opioid Abatement Authority
Tony McDowell, Executive Director, Virginia Opioid Abatement Authority

9:15am-10:15am: The Addiction Telehealth Bridge Concept
Brandon Wills, DO, FACEP, FAACT, Medical Director, MOTIVATE Clinic, VCU Health

10:15am-10:30am: Coffee Break

10:30am-11:30am: Cannabis and Cannabinoid for Chronic Pain
Ajay Manhapra, MD, FASAM, Medical Director, Hampton VA Medical Center

11:30am-12:00pm: Poster Session

12:00pm-1:00pm: Networking Lunch & Exhibitor Session

1:00pm-1:30pm: VASAM Annual Business Meeting, Part II

1:30pm-2:30pm: Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders in Addicted Patients
Syed Zafar Ahsan, MD, Medical Director, Colonial Behavioral Health

2:30pm-3:30pm: Workshop: Addiction Treatment in Incarcerated Populations
Debra O’Beirne, MD, FASAM, Director of Addiction Medicine Services, Fairfax County CSB
Laura Yager, Director of Correctional Health and Human Services, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office
Jennifer Scrivener, Behavioral Health Nursing Supervisor, Addiction Medicine Clinic, Fairfax County CSB

3:30pm-3:45pm: Coffee Break

3:45pm-4:45pm: Treating Hepatitis C in the Addiction Treatment Setting
Rebecca A. Dillingham, MD, Professor of Medicine, UVA Health

4:45pm-4:55pm: Memorial Awards

4:55pm-5:00pm: Closing Remarks

5:00pm: Conference Concludes


Full Registration (Friday & Saturday)
VaSAM Members: $129
Non-Members: $229

One-Day Registration (Friday OR Saturday)
VaSAM Members: $99
Non-Members: $139

Student members of ASAM/VaSAM may attend VaSAM 2022 free of charge. 

The Westin Richmond
6631 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23230
Phone: (804)282-8444
$137 per night. Click here to reserve your room today. 
3.5 miles from conference venue. Available 10/6-10/9.