certification and MOC

Addiction Medicine Certification

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 administers the board exam for Addiction Medicine (ADM).

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; however, this pathway will expire in 2021.

Upon expiration of the practice-based pathway, a one-year fellowship will be required to become an addiction medicine specialist for those who hold a primary ABMS board certification.

Click here to view transition to board certification under ABPM FAQs. 


Application Window

American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) is administering the application process and the exam. Physicians interested in taking the exam and becoming certified in addiction medicine need to complete the application on the ABPM website.

The online exam application period is April 2 – July 11, 2018.

Late application period July 12 - July 18, 2018.

A variety of exam dates and locations will be offered October 15 – November 4, 2018.


 

Exam Administration

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) is providing a variety of exam dates and locations. The exam will be offered October 15 – November 4, 2018. Physicians interested in taking the exam and becoming certified in addiction medicine need to complete the application on the ABPM website.

The exam is approximately 3-3.5 hours long. 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.  

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Medical School
Allopathic or Osteopathic
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Psychiatry Step 2
Residency
Primary ABMS Certification
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Addiction Psychiatry Step 3
Fellowship
Addiction Medicine
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ABPN Examination Step 4
Examination
ABPM Examination
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Other Certification Pathways

Physicians without a Primary ABMS Board

ASAM has identified the ABPM complementary pathway available through preventive medicine residency training programs as a viable pathway for addiction medicine physicians seeking a primary board certification. Once certified in preventive medicine through the ABPM, addiction medicine physicians would be eligible to sit for the subspecialty board exam in addiction medicine through 2021 and beyond.

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ABPM Maintenance of Certification

In August 2018, the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) announced that it has established the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements for those diplomates certified by the ABPM in Addiction Medicine. The MOC requirements for Addiction Medicine mirror those currently in place for other ABPM Specialty and Subspecialty Certificates. 

Specifically, to be considered to be participating in MOC for each ten-year certification cycle (each a “Certification Cycle”), a diplomate certified by the ABPM in Addiction Medicine must: 

Part 1:

Hold an active, valid, and unrestricted medical license in all states, US territories, or Canadian provinces in which the diplomate is licensed to practice medicine;

Part 2:

(i) Earn a total of 250 AMA PRA Category 1 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits over each Certification Cycle*, including a minimum of 100 ABPM-approved Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (LLSA) credits** and;

(ii) Complete a patient safety course in the first two-years of each Certification Cycle. 

Part 3:
Take and pass the Addiction Medicine recertification examination in any of the last three years of each Certification Cycle. 
 
Part 4:
Complete two Improvement in Medical Practice (IMP) activities during each Certification Cycle. At least one activity must be completed through a Preventive Medicine specialty or subspecialty society. For those diplomates maintaining certification with another ABMS Member Board, the diplomate may satisfy one of the two Part 4 MOC IMP activities by completing a single Part 4 MOC IMP activity approved by the diplomate’s other ABMS Member Board.
 

*For those diplomates maintaining certification with another ABMS Member Board, up to 150 CME credits in each Certification Cycle can be satisfied by completing the Part 2 MOC Requirement of the diplomate’s other ABMS Member Board. 

**Diplomates are required to compete the Part 2 MOC Requirement on the following schedule to be considered to be Participating in MOC: 

  • Years 1-3: 75 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits, at least 30 of which must be ABPM-approved LLSA activities
  • Years 4-6: 75 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits, at least 30 of which must be ABPM-approved LLSA activities 
  • Years 7-10: 100 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits, at least 40 of which must be ABPM-approved LLSA activities 

For more information on ABPM Maintenance of Certification, visit ABPM's website.

To take an ASAM course approved by ABPM for LLSA credits that can be applied towards ABPM MOC Part II requirements, visit ASAM's eLearning Center

ABAM Transitional Maintenance of Certification

For more information or questions about the ABAM tMOC program, visit ABAM's website.

To take ASAM Courses approved by the American Board of Addiction Medicine for tMOC, visit ASAM's eLearning Center.

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ASAM has been awarded the highest level of Accreditation with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

Accreditation in the ACCME System seeks to assure the medical community and the public that ASAM delivers education that is relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence.