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Benefits to Volunteers and their Organizations
ABAM and The ABAM Foundation committee activities provide significant benefits to volunteers and to the Addiction community. Committee members and experts in the field network with their colleagues, receiving valuable and timely information about ongoing and recently completed research, new technologies, and current practice. They also establish professional relationships with individuals from other geographic areas and disciplines, broadening their knowledge and perspectives. These relationships often are maintained for years, providing opportunities to informally share experiences, discuss mutual problems, and obtain guidance..

Our Leaders
ABAM and The ABAM Foundation both have many levels of leadership spanning the local, state, and national levels. The leadership of the ABAM carries out a wide range of activities in order to represent the field of Addiction Medicine.  Each leadership role provides a vital service to the ABAM enabling us to more effectively accomplish our organizational missions.

Board of Directors (BOD)
Board of Directors: ABAM and The Foundation are governed by two separate Boards, composed of the same fifteen (15) Directors, with distinct responsibilities for each organization. The composition of the Boards of Directors reflects the breadth of the field of addiction medicine. One (Specialty) Director is elected from each of the eight specialties that provide significant prevention of or treatment for addictive disorders: emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, preventive medicine and surgery. An additional seven (At-Large) Directors are elected, without regard for their medical specialty, in order to provide special skills to ABAM and The ABAM Foundation and their committees. Directors must be board certified by a member board of the ABMS, unless the ABAM Directors ABAM and The ABAM Foundation  

Standing Committees
Standing boards and committees are established by the ABAM and The ABAM Foundation Bylaws and report directly to the Boards of Directors

What do Standing Committees Do?
ABAM and The ABAM Foundation standing committees provide opportunities for physicians to join together in the following activities.

  • Setting Standards for Certification
  • Advancing the field of Addiction Medicine
  • Setting Standards for Training
  • Setting Standards for Transitional Maintenance of Certification
  • Outreach to develop the workforce
  • Synthesizing and disseminating research results
  • Reviewing and recommending research papers
  • Cosponsoring special activities
  • Encouraging participation

Committees use a variety of approaches in conducting their activities.

  • Committee meetings (held both at the Annual Meeting and organized retreats.
  • Dissemination of research findings and other information through publications of conference proceedings, research reports, manuals, newsletters, and directories in both print and electronic media.
  • Telecommunications, including e-mail, teleconferencing, committee Web sites, and bulletin boards
  • Expanded networks, including joint committee activities, subcommittees and other key stakeholders.
  • Training workshops and tutorials,
  • Use of ABAM’s Information Services

 How to Become Involved
To participate as a volunteer in ABAM or the ABAM Foundation  committee activities, or learn more about the work of the standing committees:

  • Consult the list of ABAM standing committees, and The ABAM Foundation Standing Committees including the charge statement and member list for each committee. Click on the ABAM or ABAM Foundation Staff or Chairperson’s email address and send a brief email summarizing your background and why you are interested in participating with this committee.  Or you may complete the Interest Form on the Become Involved Page at www.abam.net
  • Contact an ABAM staff representative to learn of current activities in which you may wish to participate.
  • Volunteer to serve on an ABAM Foundation Initiative or project, or to give a presentation or preside at a session of the annual meeting or a specialty conference.
  • Participate in committee meetings, which generally are open to anyone who wishes to attend. Introduce yourself to the chair and other committee members.
  • Express your interest in joining as a formal member of the committee at the first opportunity. Each committee has a required turnover its members every  Xyears, and committee members may not continue for more than X consecutive X-year terms if other individuals wish to join. As a result, opportunities occur at least every X years (more often for many committees).

ABAM Standing Committees  

  • Credentialing Committee
  • Examination Committee
  • Transitional Maintenance of Certification Committee
  • Tmoc part IV Committee ( Practice Improvement and Performance )
  • Tmoc Part II Committee ( Life Long Learning and Self Assessment )
  • Finance Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • External Relations Committee

Ad Hoc Committees and Task Forces

  • Life Long Learning and Self-Assessment Committee
  • Pathways Work Group
  • Publications Committee
  • Identification and Development of an Expert Workforce Task Force

Committee on Credentialing
About the Committee:
The ABAM Committee on Credentialing is responsible for the assessment and evaluation of the qualifications of physicians seeking Board Certification in the field of Addiction Medicine that are commensurate with the education, training, and experience necessary to provide quality patient care in Addiction Medicine.

Credentialing Responsibilities:
The Credentialing Committee shall be responsible for the development of proposed eligibility requirements and the periodic review thereof, the preparation of statements of requirements for eligibility for certification or recertification, and for the review of applications of candidates. It shall make recommendations to the Directors as to possible changes in the eligibility requirements and as to the eligibility of individual candidates. The initial requirements must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Directors.

The Committee has the responsibility to be a leader in improving the safety and quality of medical care through the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) policies and the physician certification processes, and to provide assurance to the public that a physician specialist certified by ABAM has successfully completed an approved educational and evaluation process. They are responsible for reviewing an applicant’s qualifications and assessing if they meet the eligibility requirements, as established by the Board of Directors, for examination. And assuring that eligible candidates must possess the medical knowledge, judgment, professionalism and clinical and communication skills necessary to provide quality patient care in Addiction Medicine.

Transitional Maintenance of Certification Responsibilities:

To reassure the public that ABAM is committed to quality healthcare and transparency in Diplomate accountability by enhancing the value of Transitional Maintenance of Certification to the public, and to Diplomates, through a continuous process of transitional maintenance of certification. To measure a Board Certified physicians’ competency in the core competency of professionalism, by assuring that ABAM Diplomates are meeting standards for Licensure and Professional Standing.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Oversees the evaluation and eligibility of nearly 800 applicants to the Certification Examination on a bi-annual basis to ensure that data related to qualifications and performance is collected and regularly assessed.
• Ensures that information from peer review processes and performance improvement data collection is assessed and considered for each applicant who will be providing patient care as a Board Certified Physicians in Addiction Medicine
• Promotes Recognition and Visibility for Physicians who achieve Board Certification
• Conducts an annual review of credentialing and Professionalism policies and procedures to comply with ABMS standards.
Meetings:  The Credentials Committee shall meet annually twice a year, once to set to the eligibility criteria for the examination cycle, and additionally three times to evaluate candidates, or as otherwise deemed necessary by the Chair.

Committee Chair:  Martha J. Wunsch, M.D., FAAP, FASAM

Examination Committee
About the Committee: The ABAM Examination Committee maintains and administers, along with the National Board of Medical Examiners, the exam that candidates must pass in order to become board certified. The examination covers knowledge of the basic sciences as well as the clinical science of addiction and its subspecialties. Through a rigorous examination ABAM thus provides assurance to the American public that when a patient seeks treatment for substance use, the addiction medicine specialist will have the requisite knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based, state-of-the-art treatment for the addiction, and will be able to address the common medical and psychiatric conditions that are often associated with the use of addictive substances.

Examination Responsibilities:  The Examination Committee has the responsibility for overseeing the development of items and establishing bi-annually an examination blue print that tests for mastery of the body of knowledge of addiction medicine, administering the examination to those who have been approved by the Credentialing Committee and the Directors to sit for the examination, and reporting the results of the examination to the examinees and the Directors. The collective expertise of the Examination Committee assures that the content and format of test materials is appropriate, that the language is clear, and the highest level of accuracy, consistency, and security are maintained. The primary function of the exam committee is to develop and set performance standards for Certification and Transitional Maintenance of Certification (Tmoc) examinations. The committees work with NBME Test Development and Psychometrics staff to accomplish this work.

Duties and Responsibilities:

 Define the Core Content of the field to be tested on the Examination

  • On an annual basis, write and submit 15 items for the examination
  • Review and Assess new items for the examination
  • Review items currently in the item pool for ongoing relevancy
  • Assemble and establish the Bi-Annual examination
  • Conduct a Key Validation of the items on the examination
  • Set the standard for passing the examination
  • Promotes Recognition and Visibility for Physicians who achieve Board Certification
  • Conducts an annual review of the Examination policies and procedures to comply with ABMS standards.

Meetings:
 The Examination Committee shall meet annually once a year, for a two day item review Meeting in Philadelphia. As needed, the Examination Committee will conduct a retreat to re-assess the examination content, evaluate the relevancy of the pool items, consider policies and procedures and will meet as otherwise deemed necessary by the Chair.

Committee Chair:  Michael F. Weaver, M.D., FASAM

Executive  Council

About the Committee

The Executive Committee shall be composed of the Officers (President, President-elect, Immediate-past President, Secretary, and Treasurer), and the Executive Vice President. The duties of the Executive Committee will be to hone agenda items for Board of Directors deliberation, and to carry out such duties as may be determined by the Board from time to time, but shall not be empowered to take action in lieu of the Board.

Committee Responsibilities:

The Executive Council is charged with general oversight and implementation of the Board’s decisions and actions and is authorized in the Board’s Bylaws and operating rules to make decisions on behalf of the Board when deemed necessary.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assures that the mission, goals, objectives, actions, and decisions of the Board of Directors are implemented and when necessary may make decisions on behalf of the Board.
  • Ensures the alignment ABAM’smission, goals and objectives with those of organizations it may need to partner with.
  • Reviews recommendations of the Board when deemed necessary by the Board and makes final decisions regarding policy and planning initiatives.
  • Communicates about ABAM from the Executive Level, including about its value, activities, plans, and strategic initiatives to partners, potential partners, medical organizations, the government, the public and patients.
  • Oversees operations through the appointment of an Executive Vice President.
  • In coordination with the Executive Director, establishes operational working groups with a set duration (e.g., for a specific task) or ongoing responsibility

Meetings:

The Committee will meet as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors.

Committee Members:

Robert J. Sokol, M.D., FACOG, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Kevin B. Kunz, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM

Jeffrey H. Samet, M.D., M.A., M.P.H., Boston University School of Medicine

Lon R. Hays, M.D., M.B.A., DFAPA, Secretary; University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Patrick G. O’Connor, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, Yale University School of Medicine

External Relations Committee

About the Committee:

The External Relations Committee is charged with developing guidelines and principles for prioritizing external relations and developing systems and tools for managing and evaluating external relations and external operations.

External Relations Responsibilities:

The Committee’s responsibility is to develop a plan and implementation process for the Directors’ approval to dialogue and collaborate with the leadership of specialty boards and their supporting medical societies, and with the AMA, LCSB, ABMS, ACGME, CMSS and the FSMB about: 1. Addiction and the practice of addiction medicine,  2. The need to train and credential physician specialists in addiction medicine, and  3. The ABAM mission to secure and maintain ABMS recognition of addiction  medicine.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The committee will provide written and oral reports at designated Board meetings to include any Board action requested.
  • Committee Minutes of committee meetings shall be maintained and furnished to the Boards of Directors and Executive Council on a timely basis
  • And face to face meetings with External Organizations.

Committee Members:

Robert J. Sokol, M.D., FACOG.

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical University of South Carolina

Kevin B. Kunz, M.D., M.P.H., FASAM

Michael M. Miller, M.D., FASAM

Herrington Recovery Center

Hoover Adger, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Richard D. Blondell, M.D.

SUNY University At Buffalo

Gail D’Onofrio, M.D., M.S.

Yale University School of Medicine

Larry M. Gentilello, M.D., FACS

Transitional Maintenance of Certification Committee
About the Committee:
The Committee will assure and document that physicians certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine maintain the necessary competencies to provide quality patient care. The Committee will initially design and make recommendations to the Directors regarding the establishment of a Transitional Maintenance of Certification program to realize the four goals required by the ABMS; namely,

     a. Professional Standing: All ABAM Diplomates will hold a valid, unrestricted medical license in at least one state or jurisdiction in the United States, its territories or Canada.

     b. Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment: All ABAM Diplomates will participate in educational and self-assessment programs that meet ABAM standards.

     c. Cognitive Expertise: All ABAM Diplomates will demonstrate, through formalized examination, that they have the fundamental, practice-related and practice environment-related knowledge to provide quality care in addiction medicine.

    d. Practice Performance Assessment: All ABAM Diplomates will be evaluated in their clinical practice according to addiction medicine standards for patient care. Diplomates will be asked to demonstrate that they can assess the quality of care they provide compared to peers and national benchmarks and then apply the best evidence or consensus recommendations to improve that care using follow-up assessments

Transitional Maintenance of Certification Responsibilities:
The Transitional Maintenance of Certification committee is charged with recommending specific requirements for Transitional Maintenance of Certification in the field of Addiction Medicine, which may include consideration of competency assessments for Transitional Maintenance of Certification, such as Self-Evaluation of Medical Knowledge and Self-Evaluation of Practice Performance products. As these programs evolve, the committees may reorganize to include subcommittees with responsibilities for specific assessment products or for managing relationships with external organizations that are stakeholders in the Tmoc processes

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the ongoing maintenance of more than 3,000 Diplomates
  • Ensures that information collected from performance improvement data and self- assessment data is assessed and considered.
  • Promotes Recognition and visibility for Physicians who are active and participating in Transitional Maintenance of Certification
  • Monitor ABMS policies and guidelines around Transitional Maintenance of Certification
  • Conducts an annual review of Transitional Maintenance of Certification policies and procedures to comply with ABMS and other external standards.
  • Oversight over the Life Long Learning and Self-Assessment ( Part II ) Committee and the Practice Performance and Improvement Committee ( Part IV )

Meetings:
The Transitional Maintenance of Certification shall meet annually twice a year, 6 weeks prior to the Boards of Director Meeting via Conference Call or as otherwise deemed necessary by the Chair.

Committee Members:

Robert J. Sokol, M.D., FACOG.
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Hoover Adger, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Gavin B. Bart, MD
University of Minnesota

Gail D’Onofrio, M.D., M.S., FACEM
Yale University School of Medicine

Patrick G. O’Connor, M.D., M.P.H.
Yale University School of Medicine

Michael F. Weaver, M.D., FASAM
Virginia Commonwealth University

ABAM offers a Transitional Maintenance of Certification program for its current diplomates and a public listing of physicians who hold active ABAM certification status. In March, 2016 the American Board of Medical Specialties formally recognized addiction medicine as a multi-specialty subspecialty. Future certification examinations in addiction medicine will be administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.