Certification for Addiction Medicine Specialists

In October 2015, the American Board of Medical Specialties formally recognized addiction medicine as a multi-specialty subspecialty under the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM). In July 2019, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) House of Delegates approved the development of a clinical practice pathway to facilitate subspecialty board certification in addiction medicine. Certification examinations in addiction medicine are now administered by ABPM and AOA.

Pathways to Achieve Addiction Medicine Certification

There are different pathways to become certified in addiction medicine depending upon your primary board or experience.

ABPM

Practice Pathway – Until 2025, applicants who complete minimum time in practice or a non-ACGME-accredited fellowship training will be considered for the addiction medicine subspecialty exam. Current ABMS board certification is required.

ACGME-Accredited Fellowship Pathway – After 2025, it will be mandatory that physicians complete an ACGME-accredited addiction medicine fellowship to be eligible to apply to take the exam. Current ABMS board certification is also required.

To be eligible to take the ABPM subspecialty certification examinations, AOA-board certified and Canadian-board (RCPSC or CFPC)-certified physicians must successfully complete an ACGME-accredited fellowship in addiction medicine, as well as meet all other current ABPM requirements.

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AOA

Clinical Practice Pathway – Until 2023, applicants who complete minimum time in practice, have completed a non-ACGME/AOA-accredited fellowship, or currently hold an active American Board of Addiction Medicine will be considered for the addiction medicine subspecialty exam. In addition, candidates must hold an active primary certification in an AOA or ABMS specialty.

AOA or ACGME Fellowship Pathway – After 2023, it will be mandatory that physicians complete an AOA- or ACGME-accredited addiction medicine fellowship in order to be eligible to apply to take the exam. Candidates must hold an active primary certification in an AOA or ABMS specialty.

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How to Prepare

The Addiction e-Practice Test (ADePT) is a proven knowledge self-assessment and subspecialty certification examination preparation tool includes more than 300 questions. The formatting of ADePT is the closet available to the actual certification.

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Continuing Board Certification

Once certification is obtained, it must be maintained in and in some cases require reexamination. You must follow the guidelines of your primary certifying board, as well as either ABPM or AOA to maintain your certification in addiction medicine.

ACAAM Can Help

The ACAAM Addiction Medicine MOC & Education Portal offers an unmatched value with 152 CME credits included and access to additional educational activities. The ACAAM Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) offer a comprehensive collection of relevant, evidence-based content, and can be used as a tool to test your knowledge and skills taking the necessary steps toward meeting various CME and self-assessment requirements.

ACAAM’s approved ABPM Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment activities are available on the ABPM LLSA Lookup Directory.

About the Subspecialty

American Board of Addiction Medicine

Founded in 2007, the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) was the nation's first medical specialty board that certified addiction medicine physicians across a range of medical specialties. The board set standards for physician education, assesses physicians' knowledge, and requires and tracks life-long education. Certification examinations in addiction medicine are now administered by ABPM and AOA. ABAM will remain a resource for its Diplomates and the public through the end of the ABPM Practice Pathway, currently scheduled to conclude in 2025.