CSAM 2023 Addiction Medicine Review Course and Board Exam Preparation Track


CSAM 2023 Addiction Medicine Review Course Overview

CSAM’s Addiction Medicine Review Course and Board Exam Preparation Track Conference is the West Coast’s most comprehensive overview of addiction medicine fundamentals to enhance your clinical practice and prepare for the board exam.

This three-and-a-half-day conference offers the opportunity for review of the fundamentals of addiction treatment, including evidence-based practices in the rapidly changing field of addiction medicine. Additionally, this conference incorporates research poster presentations, small group discussions, pre-conference workshops, visit with vendors who provide cutting-edge product and services in our field, and our highly popular Board Exam Preparation Track.

CSAM’s Addiction Medicine Review Course provides myriad opportunities for connection, learning, and collaboration among peers, colleagues, and friends.

Who Should Attend?

  • Physicians in all medical fields seeking to build their expertise in the full spectrum of diagnosis and management of substance use disorders
  • Physicians preparing to take the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) Addiction Medicine Board Exam
  • Physicians in the field who want a refresher course based on the latest clinical research
  • Other health care professionals, including psychologists, therapists, nurses, and addiction counselors, who are involved in the treatment of patients with or at risk of substance use.

The California Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Learning Objectives

After attending this conference, participants should be able to:

  • Reflect on key principles of addiction medicine as outlined by the American Board of Preventative Medicine;
  • Describe the pharmacology and physiological effects of major substances of abuse, including intoxication and withdrawal states, as well as associated health consequences;
  • Summarize basic epidemiology and diagnosis of major substance use disorders;
  • Outline current evidence-based pharmacological treatment and non-pharmacologic interventions for major substance use disorders; and
  • Examine emerging evidence around novel treatments and approaches to alcohol and opioid withdrawal, and frontiers of harm reduction. 


Pre-Conference Workshops


Addiction Medicine Board Exam Preparation Track
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (CME Credits: 7)
The Addiction Medicine Board Exam Preparation Workshop is designed for those preparing to take the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) Addiction Medicine Board Exam and is aligned with the Board’s exam content Blueprint. The faculty of experienced educators will cover 16 key topic areas, with sample exam questions and rationale provided for answers. Test-taking and study tips will be covered. Registration for the all-day workshop includes access to the online High Yield Question Bank after the conclusion of the conference. 

Faculty:  Chwen-Yuen Angie Chen, MD, FACP, FASAM | Daniel Cox, MD | Amy de la Garza, MD, IFMCP | Dorothy DeGuzman, MD, MPH | Dustin DeYoung, MD | Waseem Khader, DO |Thomas Meeks, MD | Isabella Morton, MD, MPH | Katherine Pier, MD | Eleasa Sokolski, MD | Takeo Toyoshima, MD, MRO | Mason Turner, MD, FASAM |Zachary Zwolak, DO, FAAFP, FASAM


Bridging the Silos – Arm in Arm for Better Patient Care
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (CME Credits: 3)
This workshop will be a deep dive on how to build a comprehensive system of care that “meets patients where they are at” by tying together primary care, street medicine, emergency and hospitalist medicine into a high-functioning always available 24-7 system of care for high-risk patients suffering with substance use disorders.  By participating in this workshop, attendees will gain the real-world skills and competencies to become the successful and creative leaders needed to establish interdisciplinary systems of substance use disorder treatment. 

Faculty: Erik Anderson, MD | Arianna Campbell, PA-C | Alicia Gonzalez, MD | Andrew Herring, MD | Josh Luftig, PA-C | Aimee Moulin, MD | Monish Ullal, MD

Treating Pain and Addiction: What’s new?  What can we do?
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (CME Credits: 3)
Chronic pain is a common condition that affects many individuals, and it can be challenging to treat. Unfortunately, many people who suffer from chronic pain also develop addiction issues due to their pain management medications. This workshop will review the various treatment options for both chronic pain and addiction, including medication management, behavioral therapies, and alternative therapies. Additionally, the workshop will discuss the importance of proper pain management protocols to prevent addiction, as well as the early intervention for addiction issues.

Faculty: Soraya Azari, MD |Huiqiong (Joan) Deng, MD, PhD | Julio Meza, MD


Fitness for Duty Evaluation
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CME Credits: 3)
Learn from CSAM and CPPPH on the necessary components of a Fitness for Duty (FFD) assessment. Gain insight to this unique form of forensic medicine, including the ethical differences in the treatment relationship, the data collection methods, and important guidelines to add FFD assessments to your practice.

Faculty: Matthew Goldenberg, MD | David Kan, MD

Motivational Interviewing for Busy Clinicians and Educators
1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (CME Credits: 3.75)
This workshop will review and teach Motivational Interviewing (MI) tools for treating unhealthy alcohol and drug use and promoting behavior change in primary care and other specialties. Emphasis will be on mentored learning in breakout groups, clinical skills acquisition, and practice. All participants will develop continuing learning plans to increase their proficiency. (Seating is limited)

Faculty: Kenneth Saffier, MD, FASAM, Family and Addiction Medicine, Contra Costa County Health Services Department, Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers | Carla Marienfeld, MD, DFAPA, FASAM, Addiction Psychiatrist and Professor, UC San Diego

Join us for a 50 Year CSAM Celebration!

The 50th Anniversary Party is on Friday, September 1, 2023 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Join us as we celebrate a significant milestone in the field of addiction medicine – the 50th anniversary of CSAM. It was five decades ago when CSAM emerged, defying the prevailing laws that prohibited outpatient treatment for addicts, and specifically wanting to prevent harm that physicians might do in the management of addiction. The early members of CSAM worked tirelessly to bring addiction treatment into the medical mainstream, laying the foundation for both CSAM and ASAM.

Today, we take pride in being a thriving medical society, comprising over 500 dedicated California physicians, clinicians, and professionals specializing in addiction medicine. To commemorate this achievement, we are throwing a grand celebration, and we want you to be a part of it.

Our party will honor the progress we have made in increasing access to addiction treatment and improving its quality. We have also played a crucial role in educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention efforts, and advocating for the appropriate involvement of physicians in the care of patients with addiction.

We will be able to hear from former presidents and leaders either in person or through written or video means regarding their insights into the issues they were confronting each step of the way. Together, we will reminisce about key moments in our history, applaud the remarkable accomplishments of our members, and share our vision for CSAM’s future role in advancing the profession and supporting the next generation of addiction medicine physicians.

To attend this momentous event, tickets are available for $50.00 (not included with conference registration). Your presence will make this celebration even more special as we honor the past and look forward to a brighter future in addiction medicine.

About the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Located in the heart of the San Diego harbor, expect waterfront views, four-star amenities, and a lot of sunshine! The Sheraton-hotel is minutes from the San Diego International airport with a complimentary shuttle plus proximity to downtown, Gaslamp Quarter, Ocean Beach, and Petco Park. Dip into one of the three outdoor swimming pools, or rent a kayak, paddleboard, or pedal boat to explore the marina – the options are endless!

The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, located at 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA is the host hotel for CSAM’s State of the Art Addiction Medicine conference. A room block has been secured at the discounted room rate of $229 per night. Daily Resort Fee has been waived for all rooms in the block. Discounted Daily Resort Fee of $15 which includes various resort amenities upon check-in.

Reservation Link:  Book Your Room at the Sheraton Now
Reservations by Phone: 619.291.2900.Be sure to identify yourself as part of the CSAM conference.

Discounted Room Reservation Deadline was Monday, August 7, 2023.
Check-in: 4:00 p.m. | Check-out: 11:00 a.m.

HOTEL CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations made within 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival will incur a fee equal to one night’s room and tax.

COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE TRANSPORTATION: The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina offers complimentary airport shuttle transportation to and from the San Diego International Airport.

Self-Parking Fee: Daily $16 – $41 | Overnight $41
Valet Parking Fee: Daily $22 – $50 | Overnight $50
Subject to change without notice

To find out more about the Sheraton, please visit the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Website.
Click here for a list of on-site restaurants and experiences.

Accreditation & CME Info

The California Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The California Society of Addiction Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please note, you may claim the following credits for each section of the meeting:

  • CSAM Addiction Medicine Review Course offers a maximum of 17.75 credits
  • Board Exam Preparation Track offers a maximum of 7 credits
  • Pre-Conference Workshops offer a maximum of 3.5 credits, depending on the workshop

As a state recognized CME provider (California Medical Association), CSAM acknowledges that this activity meets the requirements towards the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or substance use disorders. 

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)
Participants seeking alternative continuing education will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of the activity. Participants should submit their certificate of attendance to their professional organization/institute for reciprocal credits.

Additional credits may be secured. Visit the conference website for the most up to date accreditation information.

In accordance with CSAM and CMA policies, all planners, faculty, and moderators with control over activity content are required to disclose any financial relationships held with ineligible companies over the last 24 months.

All relevant financial disclosures will be properly mitigated and disclosed at the time of the activity.


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