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|MERF Mission and History|
Mission and history
As a sister organization to the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM), MERF draws upon the physician members of CSAM for their clinical experience, research, educational and training expertise. CSAM is a national standard bearer in addiction medicine training, providing state-or-the-art physician education and training for over 20 years.
We know that addictions and substance abuse disorders receive short shrift in medical schools and residency training programs despite the explosion of research and overwhelming evidence of their prevalence and treatability. Institutional medical education regarding America's number one cause of death and disability lags sorely behind the need.
To address that need, MERF is building upon its years of experience by supporting programs of continuing medical education in substance abuse and in providing annual scholarships and mentoring for physicians-in-training. Scholarship recipients demonstrate vastly improved awareness of addiction medicine science and practice. Many MERF scholars return to their home institutions and provide addiction medicine information and training for other physicians and physicians-in-training. In its work in this area, MERF has developed relationships with most California medical schools and many residency training programs.
The question is not what needs to be done; that is well known. The question is, who is going to do it!
WHAT NEEDS TO BE TAUGHT