On November 30, 2016, the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) and The Addiction Medicine Foundation (TAMF) announced a major step forward in the integration of the field of addiction medicine into routine medical practice. Starting in the fall of 2017, ABPM will offer physicians who are certified by a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) the opportunity to become certified in the subspecialty of addiction medicine.
This announcement follows the recognition of the new subspecialty of addiction medicine by ABMS in October, 2015 and the approval of fellowship training in addiction medicine by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in June, 2016.
The first five years that the exam is offered is the optimal time for physicians to become board certified in addiction medicine. Physicians who are already certified by any of the 24 Member Boards of the ABMS and have substantial experience in the field of addiction medicine are eligible to apply to take the examination. During the first five years the examination is given, individuals will NOT be required to complete an addiction medicine fellowship. After that, a one-year addiction medicine fellowship will be required.
To read ASAM's full announcement, click here.
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 offers two and a half days of sessions which are mapped to the addiction medicine exam blueprint of topics for the exam and features an outstanding faculty lineup and an extensive printed and electronic syllabus. Registrants also receive complimentary access to ASAM’s online Board Exam Study Tool (BEST).
Board Examination Study Tool (BEST) - The BEST is an internet-based study tool created to help prepare examinees for the Addiction Medicine Board Exam in an engaging, interactive format that allows users to bookmark pages filled with content and resources, highlight important text and definitions, and take notes about key points for future reference. In addition to content from the ASAM Review Course, the BEST contains hundreds of self-study questions to ensure examinees are prepared.
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 Essentials of Addiction Medicine: Second Edition - 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.
Textbook: The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine, Fifth 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.
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).
ASAM Weekly - A weekly news brief that is delivered to your inbox every Tuesday with the latest news and research in addiction medicine. Subscription is free!