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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.

Our goals:

  • 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
  • Build a network of experts who can advise local, regional, national, and international organizations on best practices for health professional education across the span of at-risk substance use to substance use disorder
  • Generate and disseminate state-of-the-art scientific information about substance use research, education and policy at its annual national conference and through the organization’s peer-reviewed journal, Substance Abuse.
  • Promote cultural competence and inclusiveness among healthcare professionals in their work with individuals affected by substance-related problems
  • Provide an active forum and community for discussion and debate of health policy topics related to substance use

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