Pathways

Paths to Certification

Physicians (allopathic)

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.

New Medical Subspecialty.

In the fall of 2017, the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) started offering 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.  

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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.

Addiction specialists are addiction medicine physicians and addiction psychiatrists who hold either subspecialty board certification in addiction medicine from the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM), subspecialty board certification in addiction psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), board certification in addiction medicine from the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), or a Certificate of Added Qualification in Addiction Medicine conferred by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Physicians (Osteopathic)

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.