Science, Skill, and Compassion

Quality Healthcare, Public Trust, and Setting the Standards in Addiction Medicine:

The American Board of Addiction Medicine provides assurance to the American public that Addiction Medicine physicians have the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and treat addiction.

Physician Verification

Apply now to become an Accredited Fellowship Training Program in Addiction Medicine

The National Center for Physician Training in Addiction Medicine is in the process of expanding the education and training of physicians in addiction medicine, with a special emphasis on prevention and screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT), particularly for adolescents and young adults. Additionally, there are 24 Fellowship Programs in Addiction Medicine that are accredited by The ABAM Foundation. For all interested programs, applications to become accredited can found found below.


2015-2016 Program Accreditation Application Form and Accreditation Cycle

 Compendium of Educational Activities

 Core Content

 Program Requirements


The ABAM Foundation  Accredits New Residencies

2015 Accredited Residencies

The ABAM Foundation Accredits Four More Fellowship Programs


A Million awarded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to The ABAM Foundation to Establish a National Center.

Chevy Chase, Maryland – September 30, 2013 – The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) Foundation a three-year, $2 million grant to establish The National Center for Physician Training in Addiction Medicine.  The purpose of the new Center will be to expand the education and training of physicians in addiction medicine, with a special emphasis on prevention and screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT), particularly for adolescents and young adults. The Center will be directed by Richard Blondell, MD, Professor of Family Medicine at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.




Addiction Medicine: The Birth of a New Discipline- Jama Internal Medicine

JAMA Article Birth of a new Field

Substance use is highly prevalent, a substantial cause of morbidity and mortality and accounts for over $500 billion in economic costs in the United States annually. The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that 32% binge drink and nearly 7% reported heavy drinking over the past 30 days. With these alarming figures and more, it seems clear that the path has been paved for addiction medicine to become an integrated part of mainstream medicine. [ Read More ]

December Deadline Fast Approaching for Completion of MOC Requirements

By December 15, 2014, Time Limited Diplomates must complete 12 out of 32 Self Assessment Modules, and Pay the annual MOC fee. Diplomates can complete their requirements by logging into the [ Diplomate Web Portal ]


Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment, CME CREDITS DUE

Beginning in 2013, each Diplomate is required to complete 26 AMAPRA Category 1 Credits™ in addiction medicine every two years.

NOTE: CME credits are NOT automatically added to your Tracker upon completion; you must manually enter them. The link below outlines how to add both ABAM-Approved CME Credits and Self-Reported CME Credits to your Diplomate Portal Tracker.

Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment Handbook

Thirteen of the 26 CME must come from ABAM approved activities.  The other CME credits can be self-reported as long as the activity is related to addiction medicine and is Category 1.  In this manner, CME credits accrued for the MOC program of one’s primary board may be used to meet this requirement.  These CME activities and credits are in addition to the Self-Assessment Activities described above.


Changes to MOC add Flexibility and Value

In Response to Diplomate Feedback, ABAM Implements Changes to the 2013-2014 MOC Program Requirements ABAM understands the importance of your feedback in refining our new and evolving MOC program. Therefore, and in consideration of the constructive feedback you have offered, the following changes will be implemented for the remainder of the 2014 MOC Program. You can view the  [changes to the 2014 ABAM MOC Program ]


Application Filing Deadline: April 30, 2015

Late Application Deadline: 7.1.15

2014 Exam Scores were emailed to all examinees

New Diplomates are invited to ASAM Conference and the April Awards Lunch in Austin.

Diplomate Certificates will be sent by US mail in end-February. Please advise ABAM if you address has changed since filing an application.

For framing information click here.


CME & Exam Prep info is on the Exam Preparation tab.

Examinees: it is important to do the Exam Tutorial. (WinZip or WinRar is required to open. This is a windows-based program, not supported by Mac operating systems.) Use instructions to download tutorial.




Contact Us

American Board of Addiction Medicine

4300 Montgomery Ave, Ste. 206 Bethesda, MD 20814 Phone: 301-656-3378 Fax: 240-762-5422

ABAM is not a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). ABAM's goal is to gain recognition of Addiction Medicine as a medical specialty, and the creation of a certification process through collaboration with the ABMS and its member Boards.