Opportunities for Trainees

The CSAM-SMCA Scientific Conference provides learners and novice practitioners with an unmatched opportunity to connect with Canada’s thriving addiction medicine community and learn first-hand from some of the world’s leading thinkers, researchers and practitioners.

From our exclusive Mentor Lunch to select sessions that are designed with a focus on educating those new to the addiction medicine field, the 2021 Scientific Conference provides an unrivalled opportunity for trainees to further their expertise.

Addiction Medicine Complex Case Discussion Sessions

Thursday, October 21

Ethical Cases

In this exclusive session for trainees, attendees will learn how to formulate an approach to complex addiction medicine cases with a focus on ethical issues that arise in clinical practice. Facilitated by a group of multidisciplinary addiction medicine providers, participants will meet in breakout groups to explore and discuss a variety of ethically complex cases before coming together for a larger group discussion.

Medical Cases

This dedicated trainee session will explore the topic of complex cases within addiction medicine, focussing on those involving people who use substances while also navigating comorbid physical illnesses. Facilitated by a group of multidisciplinary addiction medicine providers, attendees will explore medically complex cases in breakout groups and as part of a larger discussion, learning how to formulate treatment approaches based on physiological, pharmaceutical, and psychological principles.

CSAM-SMCA Trainee Mentor Lunch

Mentor Lunch

Thursday, October 21

Trainees can connect with experts in the addiction medicine community and learn about clinical, administrative and research career opportunities at our Mentor Lunch on Thursday, October 21st from 2:15-3:15 pm EST.

This year’s Mentor Lunch will be held online and is open to students, residents and fellows, providing a valuable opportunity to network and connect with senior practitioners and researchers including Dr. Jennifer Brasch, Dr. Julian Somers, Dr. Anees Bahji, Dr. Andrea Sereda, Dr. Lori Regenstreif, Jillian Halladay, and Dr. John Koehn.

Be one of the first 30 registrants to sign-up for the Mentor Lunch and receive an UberEats gift card compliments of CSAM-SMCA!

Distinguished Research Briefs

Saturday, October 23
On Saturday October 23rd, join us for a presentation of on-demand, original research briefs by new and established investigators in addiction medicine. This live-streamed showcase will include one research brief session dedicated exclusively to highlighting the submitted work of trainees as well as a Q & A opportunity with the author of each research brief shown.
Topics presented by trainees/students at the 2021 Scientific Conference include:
  • Emerging Attitudes Regarding Decriminalization: Predictors of Pro-Drug Decriminalization Attitudes in Canada
  • ‘Challenging Perspectives’: Understanding Healthcare Providers’ Views on Managing Alcohol Use Disorder in Patients with Cirrhosis
  • Rapid Methadone Titration in Pregnancy – A Case Series
  • Identifying Barriers to Providing Care for Alcohol Use Disorder in General Hospital Patients
  • Flex-Rx: A Pharmacist- Physician Collaborative Approach to Outpatient Opioid Agonist Therapy
  • The Influence of Mindfulness on the Relation between Substance Use and Dissociative Experiences in a Concurrent Disorders Population
  • Descriptive Analysis of Substance Use among Adult GBT2Q Canadians during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Findings from the Sex Now Survey
  • Trends in Daily Dispensed Immediate Release Hydromorphone Prescribing Across Ontario: A Descriptive Analysis from 2016-2020
  • The Moderating Effect of Grit on the Relation Between Cannabis Use Disorder and Dissociative Symptoms in a Concurrent Disorders Sample
  • Use of Sustained Release Dextroamphetamine for the Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorder in the Setting of Injectable Opioid Agonist Treatment in Canada: A Case Report

Trivia Night and Networking Power Hour

Thursday, October 21st
Friday, October 22nd

Learners and new professionals will have the opportunity to connect and mingle with addiction medicine colleagues from across Canada through various networking opportunities at the 2021 Scientific Conference.

On Thursday, join us for a casual evening of online trivia and build your professional network while testing your trivial knowledge! Complete the form here to be added to the Trivia Night roster.

Then, join us Friday night to make new connections during the Networking Power Hour. During the event, participants will get to know many of their fellow colleagues through this casual speed networking event. Attendees will be given the opportunity to connect with colleagues in a Zoom-based setting, getting to know the voices that are shaping the landscape of addiction medicine through informal, 10-minute breakout chats.

Additional Opportunities for Trainees

In addition to dedicated opportunities developed exclusively for trainees, the 2021 Scientific Conference will play host to a range of workshops and symposia designed to further the knowledge and skill sets of those both new and established in the field of addiction medicine.

Check out these sessions as a starting point in planning your conference experience!

  • Current Challenges with Comorbid Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders
  • The Interface Between Substance Use Disorders and Psychiatric Conditions: A Debate
  • Alcohol Use Disorder in the Emergency Department
  • Safe Supply Panel Discussion

CSAM-SMCA Student Interest Group

The CSAM-SMCA Student Interest Group (SIG) allows Canadian medical students to advance their understanding of addiction medicine through education surrounding the etiology, assessment and treatment of people with Substance Use Disorders.

Created by and for Canadian medical students, the CSAM-SMCA SIG is free to join and provides members with a valuable opportunity to network, learn and receive mentorship from directly within the Canadian addiction medicine community. Learn more about the Student Interest Group.