2019 Mentored MAT Learning Experience Scholarships

The Medical Education and Research Foundation for the Treatment of Addiction (MERF) will be providing Mentored Learning Experiences (MLEs) for physicians and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) providers at the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) 2019 Addiction Medicine Review Course Conference, September 4 - 7, 2019, at the Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, CA. MERF Medication Assisted Treatment Expansion Scholars (MERF-MATES) applications are being accepted through May 17, 2019.

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'Traditional' MERF Scholarships

We are delighted that you are interested in applying for a MERF Scholarship. The goal of the MERF Scholarship is to improve education for physicians in the treatment of addiction.

MERF offers scholarships to defray the cost of attending the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) 2018 State of the Art in Addiction Medicine Conference taking place at the Hilton Union Square in downtown San Francisco, August 29 - September 1, 2018. Scholarships are offered to both physicians in training and teaching faculty. 

Interested residents, directors of residency education and all faculty members who instruct and supervise residents in your program are invited to apply for a MERF scholarship to participate in this 4-day mentored learning experience: Wednesday through noon on Saturday. The first day, Wednesday August 29, is devoted to motivational interviewing with an emphasis on clinical skills acquisition and improving MI proficiency.

Scholarships include conference registration, and a stipend to offset travel and overnight costs. Priority in the selection of scholarship recipients is given to “teams”** of one resident and one faculty member or two faculty members from the same training program. **Each team member must submit an application and upload a letter from Program Director.

Scholarship recipients are expected to be present throughout the conference, sit together, and participate fully from Wednesday, August 29, 12:00 p.m. until the close of the conference at 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 1. Scholars earn CME and receive a “Certificate of Completion.”

Follow up Journal Club meetings/conference calls and scholarly projects help residents and faculty meet the ACGME requirements for scholarly activity.

Scheduled activities during the conference include dinner on Thursday and a dessert reception Friday evening. Thursday morning 12-step meetings and case discussions on Thursday and Friday include meals. The conference will conclude with a morning meeting on Saturday, followed by the last plenary session.

The application submission period for 'Traditional' MERF Scholarships is now closed. MERF Board of Directors are currently reviewing submitted applications and will be in touch with all applicants in June.