You can listen to new episodes of the podcast every week, beginning with today's episode, "Screening and Brief Intervention, AMERSA, and What You Should Do." Rich Saitz, former AMERSA president, is interviewed by his colleague, friend, and former mentee Nic Bertholet. We find out about whether screening and brief intervention are effective, and what the controversy is. We also learn about the evidence, what research should still be done, what we should teach, what we should do in practice, and how it has loomed large at AMERSA. Rich also shares how great it is to be very involved with AMERSA based on his experience with the organization, the value of colleagues met and friends made there, and by thinking about what other areas of research, education and care AMERSA plays big roles in.
Richard Saitz, MD, MPH is professor and chair, Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health, professor of medicine in the section of general internal medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, and a primary care physician and addiction medicine specialist at Boston Medical Center and the Grayken Center for Addiction. He is editor in chief of the journal of Addiction Medicine, associate editor of JAMA, and a past president of AMERSA.
Nicolas Bertholet, MD, MSc is an addiction psychiatry and prevention and public health specialist, he is senior lecturer at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.