about Merf

MERF was established in 1981 to increase and improve the education of physicians about alcoholism and other drug dependencies— specifically about the evidence, the science base, and how to apply it with patients. We particularly stress the clinical continuum of diagnosis, treatment and recovery for the patient and their family members

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MERF participants

Learn about MERF from the comments of those who have participated in our mentored learning experiences at conferences in the past.

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MERF provides mentored learning experiences at the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) annual conferences. The 2016 Essentials of Addiction Medicine Conference will be held on August 24 - 27, 2016, at the Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, CA.

You must login or create an account to apply for a scholarship. The deadline to submit a scholarship application was July 8, 2016. The application process is now closed.

*** NEW*** MERF is excited to announce Scholarship and Mentoring Opportunities for Substance Abuse Service Expansion (SASE) Grantees! The application process is now closed.


screening and brief intervention

MERF supports SBIRT activities to improve teaching skills about screening for and assessing alcohol and drug use, conducting brief intervention and making referrals.

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For those of us who are learning and teaching about addiction, there are hundreds (thousands) of resources and very little time to sort through them. We have selected items and present them here with our notes for why they are helpful and how they can be used.

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support MERF

Contact MERF at:
merfadmin @ gmail.com