The ABAM Foundation accredits training programs in accordance with ACGME guidelines; some of these programs have been training physicians for years; others are newly established in response to the ABAM Foundation accreditation process. In March 2011, the ABAM Foundation Directors bestowed accreditation upon the first nine (9) residencies, to begin training residents on July 1, 2011. In the fall of 2011, the ABAM Foundation invited applications for ABAM Foundation accreditation of additional residencies for training residents starting July 2, 2012. Each year, The ABAM Foundation will receive applications for accreditation from additional training programs.
As a result of this training, the addiction medicine specialist will be equipped to treat and manage all forms of addiction and its medical or psychiatric consequences (consulting, of course, with specialists in other areas of medicine when the “medical or psychiatric consequences” require it). The addiction medicine specialists will also become faculty to teach primary care providers, conduct research, and serve as consultants to physicians in all areas of medicine. The training in addiction medicine is broad, and yet the resident may focus in greater depth in his or her primary specialty, so as to better serve patients, with a new paradigm of preventing and treating addiction and alleviating some of its huge costs to our patients, communities and nation.
To secure a sustainable source of funding for addiction medicine residencies, the ABAM Foundation established the Addiction Medicine Residency Funding Work Group.