Below is a brief summary of the possible pathways for subspecialty certification eligibility in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. A complete description of eligibility requirements can be found by clicking on the name of each pathway.
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:
*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.
*The Addiction Medicine Practice Pathway will expire in 2021. Beginning in 2022, all applicants for certification in Addiction Medicine must successfully complete an ACGME-accredited Addiction Medicine fellowship program. This subspecialty certifying exam will be given annually throughout this period.
Applicants holding certification by ABAM must meet the medical licensure and ABMS certification requirements to be considered for the Addiction Medicine subspecialty examination. Documentation of current ABAM diplomate status may be submitted in place of practice time documentation and required attestation of clinical competence.
ABAM Diplomates Certified in 2015 must submit formal application through the ABAM Diplomate Pathway, meet medical licensure and ABMS Board certification requirements and be accepted by the ABPM Board, and only then, their exam may be waived and certification will be conferred following usual procedures, with an effective date of January 1st of 2018 for applicants in 2017.
The practice and ABAM Diplomate pathways will be acceptable through and including the 2021 application period. Beginning in 2022, all applicants for certification in Addiction Medicine must successfully complete a minimum of 12 months in an ACGME-accredited Addiction Medicine fellowship program.
*The Addiction Medicine ABAM Diplomate Pathway will expire in 2021. Beginning in 2022, all applicants for certification in Addiction Medicine must successfully complete an ACGME-accredited Addiction Medicine fellowship program. This subspecialty certifying exam will be given annually throughout this period.
Requires Successful completion of a minimum of 12 months in an ACGME- accredited Addiction Medicine fellowship program. If the program is longer than 12 months, the physician must successfully complete all years of training for which the program is accredited in order to meet the eligibility criteria for certification.
*The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has approved the accreditation of fellowships in the subspecialty of Addiction Medicine. The specific requirements for the ACGME-accredited fellowships in Addiction Medicine are currently under development. Institutions seeking ACGME accreditation for Addiction Medicine fellowships should contact the ACGME and follow their requirements.
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