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.

ABPM Addiction Medicine 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, click here

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.

ABPM Board Exam Prep Tools

ASAM Maintenance of Certification 

In 2017, ASAM created a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Committee and is now offering ABPM MOC Credit.

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 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 2018

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 offers several MOC opportunities for physicians certified in addiction medicine.

Assessment of Cognitive Expertise – Part 3

Assessment of Practice Performance – Part 4 

ABPM MOC-Approved Courses

ABAM Diplomates - Transitional Maintenance of Certification

For more information or questions about Tmoc visit ABAM's website: click here.