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What Is AMERSA

The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), founded in 1976, is a non-profit professional organization whose mission is to improve health and well-being through interdisciplinary leadership in substance use education, research, clinical care and policy.

One of our key goals is to improve education and clinical practice in the identification and management of substance-related problems by promoting leadership, mentorship and collaboration among multiple healthcare professions including, but not limited to, physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, dentists, pharmacists, and public health professionals.

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Our Impact

Leadership, collaboration, mentorship, and networking for health professionals working in the fields of substance use and addiction medicine.

AMERSA members represent numerous disciplines including physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, dentists and pharmacists and public health professionals.

Our annual conference attracts national and international attendees and provides opportunities for networking, mentorship, collaboration, and receiving feedback on work in progress.

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Become A Member
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We are a multidisciplinary, membership-driven organization of health professionals working to improve substance use education, research, and practice. Join us by becoming a member of AMERSA. New members are key to our success in advancing the field of substance use. Special interest groups, educational initiatives, and the quality and atmosphere of the annual conference depend solely on the work of members. Join us - help shape AMERSA and the field of substance use education, research, and practice!

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Attend Our Conference
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AMERSA at 40: Reflecting Back, Looking Forward

The 40th AMERSA annual national conference will be held November 3-5, 2016 at the Fairmont-Georgetown, Washington.

We have planned an exciting conference featuring oral abstract and poster sessions, skill-focused workshops, one-on-one career mentoring, and plenary sessions addressing issues of national and international importance.

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The Journal
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Now in its 4th decade of publication, Substance Abuse journal is a peer-reviewed journal that serves as the official publication of AMERSA in association with The International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) and the International Coalition for Addiction Studies in Education (INCASE). Substance Abuse journal offers wide-ranging coverage for healthcare professionals, addiction specialists and others engaged in research, education, clinical care, and service delivery and evaluation.

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