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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it important that addiction medicine physicians be certified by one or more member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)?

The ABMS, established in 1933, is the largest and most influential organization involved with physician credentialing. It has 24 independent member boards, and currently credentials over 80% of American physicians.

“Board certification by an ABMS member board . . . represents a physician‟s commitment to the national movement for healthcare quality. It is a significant indicator of the knowledge, skills and experience a physician offers, and it is a standard that is widely referenced and respected by hospitals and healthcare organizations, insurers and quality organizations to help them find good physicians.” (Guide to Physician Specialties, Introduction; American Board of Medical Specialties; February 2008).

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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.