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New Medical Subspecialty.

Starting in the fall of 2017, the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) will offer physicians who are certified by a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) the opportunity to become certified in the subspecialty of addiction medicine. 

For a limited time period, ABMS board-certified physicians may qualify to take the exam by either meeting the time in practice requirements or completing an addiction medicine fellowship.  

For details click here.

Application Window

The online exam application period is April 3 – July 10, 2017.

Late application period July 11 - July 17, 2017.

A variety of exam dates and locations will be offered October 16 – 28, 2017.

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 16 – 28, 2017.  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  

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Medical School
Allopathic or Osteopathic
Psychiatry Step 2
Primary ABMS Certification
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Addiction Psychiatry Step 3
Addiction Medicine
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ABPN Examination Step 4
ABPM Examination
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Popular Questions

When will the first examination be available?

The first certification examination is anticipated to be administered in October of 2017. Information about the exam is here.

Who can take the examination when it becomes available?

Physicians who are already certified by any of the 24 Member Boards of the ABMS are eligible to apply. During the first five years the examination is given, individuals will be qualified by the Practice Pathway.

What is the Practice Pathway?

The Practice Pathway is the mechanism in place for physicians to meet eligibility requirements for certification in Addiction Medicine without completing an ADM fellowship. This pathway will be available for the first five years the new subspecialty examination is administered. For Addiction Medicine, the five-year interval is from 2017 through 2021. 

Additional Questions

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