Time in Practice is one pathway to certification
The practice pathway is the mechanism for physicians to meet eligibility requirements for certification in Addiction Medicine without completing an ACGME accredited fellowship in Addiction Medicine. Additional requirements include either minimum time in practice or completion of non-ACGME accredited fellowship training in Addiction Medicine.
Two tracks are available in the Practice Pathway:
- Time in Practice: Applicants must submit documentation of a minimum of 1,920 hours in which they were engaged in the practice of Addiction Medicine at the subspecialty level; this minimum of 1920 hours must occur over at least 24 of the previous 60 months prior to application. The minimum of 24 months of practice time need not be continuous; however, all practice time must have occurred in the five-year interval immediately preceding application for certification. Practice must consist of broad-based professional activity with significant Addiction Medicine responsibility. Documentation of Addiction Medicine teaching, research and administration activities, as well as clinical care or prevention of, or treatment of, individuals who are at risk for or have a substance use disorder may be considered.
- Non-Accredited Fellowship Training: Credit for completion of training in a non-ACGME accredited fellowship program may be substituted for the Time in Practice track in i) above. The applicant must have successfully completed an Addiction Medicine fellowship of at least 12 months that is acceptable to the American Board of Preventive Medicine. The fellowship training curriculum as well as a description of the actual training experience must also be submitted. Fellowship training of less than 12 months may be applied towards the Time in Practice hour requirements of the Practice Pathway. *The Non-ACGME accredited fellowships are those currently accredited through The Addiction Medicine Foundation (TAMF).
*The Practice Pathway also requires one letter of reference from a physician who holds current certification by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties and can attest to the applicant’s experience in the specialty area for which the certification is being sought.
(Provided by ABPM www. theabpm.org)