Featured Articles: PDF OnlyIncreasing Addiction Medicine Capacity in Canada: The Case for Collaboration in Education and ResearchHering, Ramm D. MD CCFP DipPH1; Lefebvre, Lisa G. MD CM, MPH, CCFP, DipABAM2; Stewart, Pamela A. MD CCFP FRCPC3; Selby, Peter L. MB BS FCFP DipABAM4Author Information 1.Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto,2Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto,3Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto,4Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Psychiatry and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto Correspondence to: Peter L. SelbyMB BS FCFP DipABAM Chief and Clinician Scientist, Addictions Division and Clinician Scientist, CAMH Professor, Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Psychiatry and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto Principal Investigator, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) 100 Stokes Street, Room 3280D, Toronto, ON M6J 1H4 Telephone Number: 416 535 8501 × 36859 Email: [email protected] FUNDING: Dr. Hering is supported by the American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation's Next Generation Award for Adolescent Substance Use Prevention. The Canadian Journal of Addiction: September 2014 - Volume 5 - Issue 3 - p 10-14 Buy Abstract Collaboration in addiction medicine education and research is important in Canada. The large unmet need for addiction services will only be met by the relatively small number of addiction clinicians, researchers, educators and policy makers in Canada if they collaborate and grow in a coordinated fashion toward common goals. Leadership from national organizations will facilitate growth in a coordinated fashion, which will allow us to reach the goal of providing adequate treatment for those with addiction and related illnesses as quickly as possible. Recent developments give significant reason to be optimistic that there will be more rapid progress in the coming years. Important initiatives currently underway include: 1) the expansion of Addiction Medicine training programs across Canada, 2) a new federal governmentsponsored initiative to build collaborations in Addictions research, and 3) an application for the first Canadian certification in Addiction Medicine based on a standardized competency based curriculum. © 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.