This position is both a member of the Board of Directors and the Alliance’s Medical Director. The Medical Director position requires approximately 7-10 hours per week, and is compensated at $4000 per month plus expenses. No travel was required in 2020 or 2021, but attendance at medical conferences in 2019 required 3 overnight trips. Other than for expenses and insurance, Board positions are not compensated. See benzoreform.org.
Duties As a Member of the Board of Directors
These are fully specified in a separate document. The expectation is about 2 hours of work per month. Here are the most time-consuming duties:
Help define the Alliance’s mission, objectives, strategy and messaging.
Recommend, review and approve (or not) nominees for the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors.
Choose projects and programs to support.
Review the Alliance’s plans and look for opportunities to improve them.
Approve contracts and major expenses.
Assist with alignment with national policies & organizations.
Duties as the Alliance’s Medical Director
Internal to the Alliance
Develop and provide evidence-based information used across all Alliance work products.
Help develop the strategy for executing the top programs and projects.
Involvement in authorship and publication of benzodiazepine (BZ)-related publications.
Provide medical review of papers originated by the Alliance.
Medical Representative to Professional Groups
Liaison to BZ-focused organizations and persons.
Connection source for medical societies and associations.
Representative to ad-hoc and standing BZ-focused workgroups.
Editor-in-chief of petitions to government agencies.
Public-facing Medical Representative
Presentations and media interviews.
Board eligible or certified in Family, Internal, or Addiction Medicine or Psychiatry
Familiarity with mental health conditions, addiction, and BZs
Understand BZ and Z-drug dependence, including its symptoms and withdrawal
Substantial expertise with the literature on BZs and Z-drugs
Have published peer-reviewed medical paper(s)
Demonstrated presentation skills
Have published peer-reviewed medical paper(s) on BZs or Z-drugs
Have acted as a peer reviewer of medical publications
About The Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices
The Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices is a non-profit whose mission is to significantly reduce the number of benzodiazepine withdrawal sufferers by reducing the number of new prescriptions for benzodiazepines and Z-drugs to levels supportable by the evidence. This includes providing an evidence-based pathway for deprescribing and symptom management, illuminating alternatives to their use, and providing tools for clinicians to assist benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome sufferers.
We work with federal, state and local agencies and medical organizations, universities and other interested groups to achieve this mission.