In 2009, ASAM transferred the certification examination to the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). For more information, visit ABAM's website at www.abam.net.
Update: On March 14, 2016, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has officially recognized Addiction Medicine as a subspecialty open to diplomates from all 24 ABMS member specialty boards. Since addiction medicine certification will no longer fall under ABAM, transition plans are in place. READ MORE
FAQ on ABMS Recognition
ASAM offers several study resources for physicians wishing to take the exam to become board certified.
The ASAM Review Course in Addiction Medicine - The course features a three-day program of the core content of addiction medicine presented by experts in the field, supported by an extensive print and electronic syllabus. The course includes special sessions on topics such as: What to Expect of the Certification Exam, where test developers and recent examinees will explain how questions are developed, administered and scored; What to Expect the Day of the Exam; and How to Prepare. Registrants receive complimentary access before the course to the Board Examination Study Tool (BEST).
Board Examination Study Tool (BEST) - The BEST is a internet-based bonus feature included in registration to the live ASAM Review Course in Orlando, FL. The tool will help prepare examinees in an engaging format and allow users to bookmark pages, highlight text, and take notes about key points for future reference as well as mark sections complete once they have been reviewed.
e-Learning Center- Review audio-synced PowerPoint presentations from the latest ASAM Review Course while earning CME. Use the "Advance Search" button to search by categories.
Textbook: The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine, 5th Edition
Get the authoritative text in addiction medicine that services as a basis for exam knowledge. Written by leading experts, Principles of Addiction Medicine is a state-of-the-art reference text that blends the scientific principles underlying addiction with the practical essentials of clinical addiction medicine. Purchasers get automatic access to a searchable online app version of the book that can be accessed where ever you are and includes over 200 chapter review questions.
Textbook: Principles of Addiction Medicine, The Essentials
Carefully distilled from the authoritative resource in addiction medicine, The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine, this text provides a quick reference on virtually all addiction medicine topics. Essentials focuses on key clinical points in a concise and readable manner, allowing quick comprehension of the underlying concepts in addiction care and research.
The Printed Syllabus Access a hard copy of the ASAM Review Course in Addiction Medicine syllabus that includes a PDF version. For the most up-to-date slides and audio-synchronized presentations, please visit ASAM’s e-Learning Center (captured course sold separately).