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Awards to physician fellows will enhance training in youth services

April 25, 2014
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Six addiction medicine specialists will receive enhanced training opportunities in youth substance abuse prevention, early intervention and treatment courtesy of awards funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) Foundation has announced.

The $25,000 awards go to the fellowship programs that are offering tailored educational experiences for the fellows of ABAM; the ABAM Foundation works to establish and accredit addiction medicine training programs. According to a news release from the ABAM Foundation, the awards are part of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's $2 million commitment to the foundation, which allowed for the creation of The National Center for Physician Training in Addiction Medicine.

“Adolescence is an absolutely critical window for preventing addiction,” said Patrick G. O'Connor, MD, MPH, FACP, president of ABAM and the ABAM Foundation. “Addiction medicine physicians with an emphasis in this area will play an essential role in assuring that the next generation of prevention and early intervention strategies will succeed and benefit the public.”

According to the ABAM Foundation, these fellows' training will emphasize Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) approaches to working with adolescents.

The six fellows receiving Next Generation Awards for Adolescent Substance Use Prevention are:

  • Alexander Caudarella, MD, St. Paul's Hospital Goldcorp Fellowship in Addiction Medicine (Vancouver, B.C.)

  • David Dyan-Rosenman, MD, Addiction Institute of New York Fellowship in Addiction Medicine (New York City)

  • Ramm Dorav Hering, MD, MSc, CCFP, Dip PH, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Addiction Medicine Fellowship (Toronto)

  • Mitika Kanabar, MD, Stanford Addiction Medicine Program (Palo Alto, Calif.)

  • Brian P. Murray, MD, Rushford Addiction Medicine Residency/Fellowship Program (Middletown, Conn.)

  • Zoe Weinstein, MD, Boston University Addiction Medicine Fellowship (Boston)

Among the range of prevention-related projects in which these fellows will be involved, Caudarella will develop a smartphone app for service providers.