Addiction Medicine (ADM) Official ABMS Subspecialty
In March 2016, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) announced the recognition of addiction medicine as a new subspecialty under the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM). ABPM will administer the board exam for ADM. During the next five years, physicians who have a primary ABMS board (including current addiction medicine specialists with a primary ABMS board certification) may apply to take the exam to become or continue to be an addiction medicine specialist. After the five-year period ends, a one-year fellowship will be required to become an addiction medicine specialist.
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Applications Accepted April 3 – June 30, 2017
Physicians interested in taking the exam and becoming certified in ADM need to complete the application on the ABPM website. The online application period will be April 3 – June 30, 2017. Visit www.theabpm.org
A variety of exam dates and locations will be offered October 16 – 28, 2017. Applicants will be notified of approval electronically by ABPM. Approved applicants will have the opportunity to select their exam location and date upon approval notification. To learn more about the addiction medicine specialty and the exam, go to www.theabpm.org.
ASAM Maintenance of Certification
In 2017, ASAM created a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Committee and is making plans to offer MOC starting in late 2017 or early 2018. The ASAM MOC for addiction medicine will be approved by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM).
Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is the American Board of Medical Specialties' (ABMS) board certification process for assessment of continuing competencies of physicians and encompasses recertification. All Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties must provide MOC programs for their diplomates
For American Board of Preventive Medicine(ABPM) diplomates with ten-year, time-limited certificates (those initially certified in 1998 or later) completion of the MOC program is required to maintain a valid certificate.
ABPM Basic Requirements – More information and details forthcoming Summer/Fall 2017
Professional Standing - Part 1 Hold an active, valid and unrestricted medical license in all States, US territories, or Canadian Provinces in which you are licensed to practice medicine.
Lifelong Learning & Self-Assessment - Part 2 ASAM will offer several CME opportunities for physicians certified in addiction medicine.
Assessment of Cognitive Expertise – Part 3
Assessment of Practice Performance – Part 4
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.
For more information or questions about Tmoc visit ABAM's website