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 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. 

Application Window

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.

Physicians interested in taking the exam and becoming certified in addiction medicine need to complete the application on the ABPM website.

Exam Administration

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

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.

Applicants who meet these two requirements will be granted subspecialty/CAQ certification in Addiction Medicine, with a requirement that Diplomates maintain their certification through the AOA's Addiction Medicine Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) process.

Once certified, examination will occur at the appropriate interval based on the date of initial certification or re-certification by ABAM. Other OCC requirements will apply as adopted by the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS). Please note that, at this time, the OCC process is under review by the BOS and AOA Board of Trustees (BOT). Details will be forthcoming.

The application fee is $295.

Click here to apply.

You may direct any questions to Nina Vidmer, Executive Director of the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine, at 708.572.8006 or

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 

Exam Prep & Tools

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 CenterReview 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 at