Training & Education

Training and education remains one of CSAM-SMCA’s key strategic activities. Our annual scientific conference is the cornerstone of our efforts to educate health professionals, and our Education Committee is working to expand our impact and offerings. We aim to increase the capacity, knowledge, and skills of those working in addiction medicine, and to support increased awareness among all Canadians. For more details about our approach to education, see our strategic plan.

CSAM-SMCA Fundamentals of Addiction Course

CSAM-SMCA Fundamentals of Addiction Course
Presented by seven leading Canadian practitioners, the CSAM-SMCA Fundamentals of Addiction Course provides early-career clinicians and students with a solid foundation for continued learning in addictions care and treatment. The course covers biopsychosocial approaches to addiction as well as assessment, diagnosis, brief intervention and referral to treatment. Hear relevant, practical 45-minute presentations on the most commonly used substances including alcohol, sedatives, cannabis, opioids and stimulants, and get a short introduction to concurrent disorders.

University of Ottawa PGY3 Department of Family Medicine Enhanced Skills in Addiction Medicine

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Based out of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (with close collaborations with the Ottawa Hospital, the Oasis Program at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, and other community addictions medicine providers), the PGY3 in Addiction Medicine is a 12-month training program that will allow residents to develop skills and knowledge in managing substance use disorders in community, outpatient, and inpatient settings. Graduates of the PGY3 year in Addiction Medicine can serve as a resource to their community as clinicians, teachers, and researchers in addiction medicine.

St. Paul’s Hospital Goldcorp Clinical Addiction Medicine Fellowship

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Calling all family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry physicians/trainees with an interest in addiction medicine

As many of you may know, a limited number of physicians in Canada are trained in addiction medicine, making it difficult for patients to access much-needed drug and alcohol treatment and to implement effective, evidence-based responses to substance dependence and related harms. The St. Paul’s Hospital Goldcorp Addiction Medicine Fellowship has been developed to respond to this training gap.

This UBC-affiliated Clinical Fellowship is a multidisciplinary program accredited by the American Board of Addiction Medicine which provides excellence in clinical training, scholarship, and research. For more details on eligibility and how to apply, click here. 

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The University of Calgary, Department of Family Practice Enhanced Skills Training Year

The University of Calgary Department of Family Medicine offers a variety of third-year Enhanced Skills Programs. The purpose of these programs is to assist you in developing enhanced skills in an area of interest to you. The application is open to current R2 Family Medicine Residents, as well as practicing family physicians in Alberta who wish to return to focused education.

Applicants with a July 1 start date are preferred. Delayed entry applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

Suboxone CME Training Program

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This program was developed to provide Canadian health care professionals with the pre-requisite education required to treat opiate dependent patients with NSUBOXONE® buprenorphine (as buprenorphine hydrochloride) and naloxone (as hydrochloride dihydrate).

The PACES Learning Pathway


The PACES Learning Pathway provides accessible, self-paced, and personalized addiction and mental health education for all skill levels through e-learning modules, educational videos, simulated patient scenarios, and virtual skill-building sessions. The PACES Learning Pathway consists of four sequential learning pathways, allowing individuals to develop their skills based on their unique needs.

PACES is an Accredited Group Learning and a Self-Assessment Learning Activity (Section 1 & 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development (CME). It is duly accredited with the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation.

The learning pathways can be accessed anytime/anywhere. The use of a modern web browser such as Edge, Firefox, or Chrome is required.

The pathway is continuously evolving; please check back for new content regularly!

For all course inquiries, please contact us.

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