Paths to Certification

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If you are a medical student or resident looking to work with patients who suffer from addiction, the information below will help you to plan your career path.  Whether you are a psychiatrist looking to study addiction psychiatry or looking to get into addiction medicine, this information will be very helpful.

To obtain certification in Addiction Medicine:

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Medical School
Allopathic or Osteopathic
Psychiatry Step 2
Primary ABMS Certification
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Addiction Psychiatry Step 3
Addiction Medicine
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ABPN Examination Step 4
ABPM Examination
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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). Part of the exam transition from the American Board of Addiction Medicine to ABPM is the development of a practice pathway, which will be open to qualified individuals for approximately 5 years from the time the exam is first administered by ABPM. Thereafter, the completion of a Fellowship will be required. This practice pathway is under development and will be announced by ABPM once it is finalized.