AMMP - Addiction Medicine Mentorship Program 2021-22

Includes a Live Event on 10/06/2021 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

Recorded On: 09/01/2021

This longitudinal, year-long program (May 2021-May 2022) will offer medical students (MS1-MS4) an opportunity to engage with experts in the field of addiction while working towards the completion of a research project. 

This opportunity offers interested medical students an opportunity to engage with the clinical and academic aspects of addiction treatment and research. This program will provide the tools to treat patients with Substance Use Disorders in whichever field or specialty you ultimately pursue.


Please watch "The Hungry Heart" prior to 6/3/21.

Dr. Kushner has asked that all mentees view the documentary film "The Hungry Heart" prior to her talk. It's about 90 minutes, and can be rented on Vimeo for $3.99. This should be the only time we ask mentees to spend any money on this program, but if you have issues/questions/concerns, please reach out to Dr. Latronica and we can find an arrangement. She also asked me to mention that some of the language in the documentary (specifically stigmatizing language) likely does not "hold up" in our current environment, but she believes the documentary as a whole is important viewing.

TimeSpeakerMeeting 1: Introduction (6/3/21)
6:00-8:00  Marla Kushner, D.O."Addiction 101"
Short Break   
8:00-9:00 Whole Group Intro Session

TimeSpeakerMeeting 2: Harm Reduction (8/3/21)
6:00-7:00Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, M.D.Basics of Harm Reduction 
Short Break  
7:00-8:00 Mentorship Breakout Groups
8:00-8:10 Whole Group Wrap-Up
TimeSpeakerMeeting 3: Special Considerations in Addiction Medicine (9/1/21)
6:00-7:00Veronica Ridpath, D.O.Taking a Compassionate Substance Use History
Short Break  
7:00-8:00 Mentorship Breakout Groups
8:00-8:10 Whole Group Wrap-Up
TimeSpeakerMeeting 4: Opioid Use Disorder (10/6/21)
6:00-7:00Katherine Grieco, D.O.Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Short Break
7:00-8:00 Mentorship Breakout Groups
8:00-8:10 Whole Group Wrap-Up
TimeSpeakerMeeting 5: Alcohol Use Disorder (11/3/21)
6:00-7:00Jon Lepley, D.O.Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Short Break  
7:00-8:00 Mentorship Breakout Groups
8:00-8:10 Whole Group Wrap-Up
TimeSpeakerMeeting 6: Stimulant Use Disorder (12/1/21)
6:00-7:00James Latronica, D.O.Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Short Break  
7:00-8:00 Mentorship Breakout Groups
8:00-8:10 Whole Group Wrap-Up
TimeSpeakerMeeting 7:  Sedative/Hypnotic Use Disorder(2/2/22)
6:00-7:00Steve Wyatt, D.O.Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Short Break  
7:00-8:00 Mentorship Breakout Groups
8:00-8:10 Whole Group Wrap-Up
TimeSpeakerMeeting 8: Behavioral Addictions & Project Wrap-Up (3/2/22)
6:00-7:00Bhavna Bali, M.D.Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Short Break  
7:00-8:00 Independent Project Presentations

Student Mentors:

  • Kelly Arnez, DO
  • William Bograkos, DO
  • Anthony Dekker, DO
  • Michael Fox, DO
  • R. Gregory Lande, DO
    Michael Steelman, DO
  • Jan Widerman, DO

    James Latronica, DO (Moderator)

    AOAAM Board of Trustee

    Program Moderator
    Speaker - December 1, 2021

    James R. Latronica, DO received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His primary training is in Family Medicine, and he graduated residency from Clarion Hospital, in Clarion, PA. He is currently an Addiction Medicine Fellow at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. He is a past Resident Member of the AOAAM Board of Trustees, and he is honored to now serve as a full member.

    His main areas of academic interest are buprenorphine management in the perioperative period, expanded access to MOUD across all demographics, cannabis research, and U.S. drug and health care policy. He is the Associate Editor the Journal of Addictive Diseases.

    He has a deep interest in activism and advocacy and is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s Public Policy Committee. He also completed the American Osteopathic Association’s Training In Policy Studies (TIPS) Fellowship. In a non-academic role, he was a Pennsylvania field manager for Vot-ER, a physician-driven voter registration campaign during the 2020 presidential campaign. Three of his policy resolutions have been considered by the AOA House of Delegates, one of which was passed at the 2020 House of Delegates.

    He has significant investment in medical education at various levels, and to that end, he is a member of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association’s Grant Development Task Force, he received the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s “PCOM Pillar” recognition for his mentorship activities with medical students, and was a past recipient of the Resident Teacher Award from the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine.

    Summer of 2021 he will be joining UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital in a clinical role, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor.

    Marla Kushner, DO, FAOAAM

    AOAAM President

    Speaker - June 3, 2021

    Doctor Marla Kushner graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her family medicine residency at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, MI and completed an Adolescent Young Adult Medicine Fellowship at Chicago Osteopathic Hospital of Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago. After her fellowship, Dr. Kushner began working with adolescent substance abuse facilities in Chicago and received certification and Addiction Medicine from the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is a distinguished fellow of ASAM. She is a diplomate in American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Kushner received her fellowship in the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians in March 2013 and is currently medical director of the Addiction Recovery Track at Insight Behavioral Health in Chicago and  two high school-based health centers in Chicago. She has a family medicine practice with a focus on adolescent an addiction medicine. 

    Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar

    Speaker - August 3, 2021

    Dr. Salisbury-Afshar’s focus is on improving the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs and alcohol. Her work includes individual patient care, clinical teaching, and implementation and evaluation of addiction-related programs. She is board certified in family medicine, addiction medicine, and preventive medicine/general public health.

    Prior to coming to the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Salisbury-Afshar has worked in the public and not for profit sectors. She served as the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore, where she developed and oversaw the Baltimore City Overdose Prevention Plan, the Opioid Fatality Review Board, and the third-party naloxone distribution program. She subsequently served as the Medical Director of Behavioral Health at the Chicago Department of Public Health, where she created and implemented the Department’s strategy to address the opioid overdose crisis, helped to standardize the way opioid-related morbidity and mortality was tracked and reported, developed provider education learning collaboratives to increase access to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) treatment, and supported expansion of naloxone access through funding and educational initiatives. Dr. Salisbury-Afshar also served as the Director of the Center for Addiction Research and Effective Solutions (CARES) at the American Institutes for Research. In this role she worked on a variety of projects ranging from addiction-related public health strategy to the development of technical assistance to expand access to evidence-based addiction treatment.

    Dr. Salisbury-Afshar has over ten years of experience working clinically in federally qualified health centers- providing both primary care and addiction medicine treatment. She currently practices at Access Community Health Centers and as a consulting physician in addiction medicine at UW Hospital. She is Faculty in the UW Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program.

    Veronica Ridpath, DO

    AOAAM Resident - Board of Trustee

    Speaker - September 1, 2021

    My professional interests include community psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and patient advocacy. I also have a special interest in working with LGBT, alternative, and diverse client populations. Currently serving as the Atrium Health Psychiatry Resident Representative to the NCPA Executive Council as well as Addiction Committee member.

    Katherine Grieco

    Speaker - October 6, 2021

    Dr Katherine Grieco graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. She completed her residency in family medicine at St. Joseph Medical Center (now part of Penn State Health) in Reading, PA.  After residency she completed an HIV primary care fellowship at The University of California –San Francisco, followed by an addiction medicine fellowship at Yale School of Medicine. She is the former medical director of South Central Rehabilitation Center in New Haven which houses a detoxification center, methadone maintenance treatment program and an outpatient buprenorphine clinic. She most recently served as the medical director of HAVEN (Health Assistance Intervention & Education Network), the health and wellness monitoring program for healthcare professionals in the state of Connecticut who are facing issues related to substance use, and/or mental health. 

     Currently Dr. Grieco is employed by Hartford Healthcare in Connecticut where she treats patients in a withdrawal management unit, as well as in the MATCH program (Medication Assisted Treatment Closer to Home), an intensive outpatient program for patients with substance use/mental health concerns. She also does addiction medicine consultations for patients with HIV within the Hartford Healthcare Community Care Clinic. Dr. Grieco is dually board-certified in family medicine from the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, and in addiction medicine from the American Board of Preventive Medicine. She is a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. 

    Jon Lepley, DO

    AOAAM President Elect

    Speaker - November 3, 2021

    Jon Lepley, DO received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and he completed his Family Medicine residency training at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center. He is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Addiction Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and he is recognized as a Certified Correctional Health Professional by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. He has been conferred Fellow status by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

    Dr. Lepley spent many formative years of practice providing healthcare within the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, wherein he pioneered a program which provides Medication Assisted Treatment to individuals suffering from opioid use disorder. His work in Philadelphia has been recognized by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia Section of Public Health and his program has been presented on a national level, garnering interest from large correctional systems across the country. Dr. Lepley’s clinical interests also include recognition of physician impairment and promotion of physician wellness. In this regard, he volunteers his time to serve on an Advisory Committee for the Pennsylvania Physician Health Program. His current professional role is with Penn Medicine as Medical Director of Addiction Medicine for the Lancaster General Health system.


    Stephen Wyatt, DO, FAOAAM

    AOAAM Past President

    Steven Wyatt is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with added subspecialty certification in Addiction Psychiatry. He Completed a NIDA clinical research fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. He is a CHS professor of psychiatry and an adjunct clinical faculty member of the University of North Carolina. He is the current chairman of the NC psychiatric Association Addiction Psychiatry Committee and the Vice Chair of the Coalition of Physician Education and Substance Use Disorders a national organization focused on addiction medicine medical school education. He participated in the writing of the ASAM Clinical Guidelines for Office Based Opioid Treatment. He is a clinical expert for both that UNC ECHO for Rural Primary Care MAT in North Carolina and the SAMHSA funded Provider Clinical Support System, PCSS; MAT and MIP projects. 

    Bhavna Bali

    Speaker - March 2, 2022

    Bhavna Bali, MD is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and an Addiction Medicine Specialist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She completed primary training in Internal Medicine at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital in Athens, Georgia with a prime focus in Primary Care, and then completed her Addiction Medicine Fellowship at Penn State. She received her medical degree (MBBS-Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) from Government Medical College of Patiala in Punjab, India.

    Her main academic interests are focused on expanding patient access to high quality care and evidence-based medications for substance use disorders across all populations. She has a special interest in quality improvement projects focusing on improving health system protocols in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her passion is to promote and implement harm reduction methods and to continue working on reducing the stigmas healthcare professionals, society, and patients may have when it comes to substance use disorders. She enjoys teaching and taking part in the education of medical students and residents.

    Dr. Bali remains a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and American College of Physicians. She also recently became a member of Vot-ER group, which is a Physician driven voter registration campaign, and is currently completing a Civic Health Fellowship with them.  Outside of medicine Bhavna enjoys dancing, painting, and spending time with her family.


    AAMP - Meeting 1 - 6/3/2021
    06/03/2021 at 6:00 PM (EDT)   |  180 minutes
    06/03/2021 at 6:00 PM (EDT)   |  180 minutes
    AMMP - Meeting 2 - 8/3/2021
    08/03/2021 at 6:00 PM (EDT)   |  130 minutes
    08/03/2021 at 6:00 PM (EDT)   |  130 minutes
    AMMP - Meeting 3 - 9/1/2021
    09/01/2021 at 6:00 PM (EDT)   |  130 minutes
    09/01/2021 at 6:00 PM (EDT)   |  130 minutes
    AMMP - Meeting 4 - 10/6/2021
    10/06/2021 at 6:00 PM (EDT)   |  130 minutes
    10/06/2021 at 6:00 PM (EDT)   |  130 minutes
    AMMP - Meeting 5 - 11/3/2021
    11/03/2021 at 6:00 PM (EDT)   |  130 minutes
    11/03/2021 at 6:00 PM (EDT)   |  130 minutes
    AMMP - Meeting 6 - 12/1/2021
    12/01/2021 at 6:00 PM (EST)   |  130 minutes
    12/01/2021 at 6:00 PM (EST)   |  130 minutes
    AMMP - Meeting 7 - 2/2/2022
    02/02/2022 at 6:00 PM (EST)   |  130 minutes
    02/02/2022 at 6:00 PM (EST)   |  130 minutes
    AMMP - Meeting 8 - 3/2/2022
    03/02/2022 at 6:00 PM (EST)   |  130 minutes
    03/02/2022 at 6:00 PM (EST)   |  130 minutes