The Board Exam Study Course is the essential primer for physicians and other healthcare professionals who are preparing for the ABPM Board Exam or a career in addiction medicine.

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Live-streamed on July 16 & 17, the ASAM Board Exam Study Course is now available on-demand for the next three years in ASAM’s e-Learning Center. This course offers 18.5 hours of sessions which are mapped to the ABPM addiction medicine exam blueprint of topics and feature an outstanding lineup of faculty. 


In conjunction with the Board Exam Study Course, two supplemental virtual courses were offered on July 14 & 15. These courses are now available on-demand and require separate registration.

Click here to learn more about the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course.
Click here to learn more about the Moving Beyond the Barriers of Treating Opioid Use Disorder Course.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate practical knowledge on the neurobiology of addiction and articulate its activity in terms useful in a clinical setting
  2. Describe the effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in both tolerant and non-tolerant individuals
  3. Describe the process for diagnosing addiction and differentiating the symptoms of addiction from those of other medical or psychiatric disorders
  4. Explain the various pharmacologic and psychosocial treatments for addictive disorders and describe the factors that should be considered in selecting a treatment modality to match the needs of a specific patient
  5. Describe the precipitants of relapse and current evidence-based practices to prevent and manage relapse

Who Should Participate

The Board Exam Study Course provides an up-to-date review of the core content of addiction medicine for:
  • Physicians preparing for the ABPM Board Certification Examination in addiction medicine
  • Addiction specialists seeking a "refresher" course that incorporates recent developments in addiction science and practice
  • Non-specialist physicians and other healthcare professionals seeking the knowledge to identify and manage problems related to substance use disorders for their patients  

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