Education

Certification and MOC

ABMS Certification

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 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.


ABPM Addiction Medicine Exam Application Window

Exam application period: April 2 – July 11, 2018.

Late application period: July 12  July 18, 2018.

Various exam dates and locations: 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, click here. To determine your eligibility, click here.


ASAM Exam Preparation Resources

ASAM offers a variety of materials to help applicants prepare for the certification exam. For a full list of resources and education, visit the ASAM eLearning Center


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.


Other Certification Pathways

Physicians without a Primary ABMS Board

ASAM recognizes that physicians without a primary ABMS board certification are ineligible to take the ABPM exam in Addiction Medicine. ASAM, therefore, is working to find a way for physicians to be eligible for preventive medicine as their primary ABMS certification. Once physicians get the preventive medicine certification, they would meet a key eligibility requirement to take the addiction medicine exam (until 2021) when an addiction medicine fellowship becomes mandatory. 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.    

ASAM is currently working with ABPM and preventive medicine residency training program directors to confirm that addiction medicine physicians who complete the complementary pathway in addiction medicine would indeed meet the eligibility criteria to sit for the subspecialty board exam in addiction medicine offered through ABPM. Additional information will be added to this webpage by November 2018.

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AOA Addiction Medicine Subspecialty 

The AOA has approved as eligible for AOA Addiction Medicine subspecialty certification those osteopathic physicians who hold the following credentials:
  1. Active AOA primary certification, current in OCC, if applicable; and
  2. Active American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) certification, current in ABAM MOC.

For more information, visit the American Osteopathic Association Conjoint Examination Committee on Addiction Medicine website: click here.