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Becoming Certified – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Thank you for your interest in gaining certification in Addiction Medicine (ADM).

This page will be updated whenever new information is available.

  1. In March, 2016 the American Board of Medical Specialties announced recognition of ADM as a multispecialty subspecialty. With this formal recognition, ABAM will no longer offer the ADM certification exam, which will now be administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM).

  2. There will not be an ADM certification examination in 2016. Future exams and eligibility requirements will be determined and managed by ABPM.

  3. To register your interest in the next ADM exam, please go to the ABPM home page (, click on the link in the section “New Subspecialty of Addiction Medicine” and enter your name and contact information. There is also a FAQ link on the ABPM home page.

  4. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is closely tracking interest and updates on the next exam. In addition, they offer multiple ADM educational resources and CME, as well as certification exam preparation courses and products.  For more information, please contact Carolyn Lanham at or 301-547-4104

  5. Emails and calls to ABPM or ABAM about certification in Addiction Medicine will be referred to this or the ABPM web site.


  1. Who is ABAM?
  2. When will I be required to participate in Transitional Maintenance of Certification (Tmoc)?
  3. How can I verify a Physician is certified?
  4. How do I order a replacement certificate?
  5. What designations can be used to indicate ABAM certification?

Who is ABAM

The American Board of Addiction Medicine, Inc. (ABAM) is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(6) organization whose mission is to examine and certify diplomats. Founded in 2007, ABAM offers a rigorous certifying examination that was developed by an expert panel and the National Board of Medical Examiners, as well as a transitional maintenance of certification examination to ensure that ABAM-certified physicians maintain life-long competence in Addiction Medicine. ABAM Certification represents the highest standard in Addiction Medicine. It means that an ABAM-certified physician has demonstrated sound clinical judgment and skills essential for the delivery of excellent patient care. It also indicates that a physician has met the clinical and educational criteria to be eligible to sit and has passed a rigorous six hour written examination. To maintain certification, physicians must continue to participate in CME courses and other activities, and must periodically retake an examination to document that knowledge and skills are up-to-date.

Currently, more than 3,000 physicians are certified in Addiction Medicine by ABAM.

How can I verify if a physician is ABAM board certified?

Go to and enter the physician’s last name in the “Physician Verification” field in the upper right hand corner of the page. Click “submit” and click on the “View Info” next to the name of the physician you would like to verify.



How do I order a replacement certificate?

Just write to There is a $50 charge for an additional certificate or for replacement of your certificate. It will take approximately 4-6 weeks for the calligraphy to be done and for you to receive your certificate.

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What designations can be used to indicate ABAM certification?

The designation is Diplomate, ABAM. [here].

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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.