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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the duration of an ABAM Foundation-accredited residency?

Programs may be one year or two years. They also may offer both options, allowing trainees to choose. Year 1 includes clinical rotations as well as didactic and scholarly activities, while the optional Year 2 is for a practicum-style experience that may involve research, clinical, administrative and/or academic activities. Programs may be part-time, allowing up to 2 years for completion of Year 1 and up to 5 years for Year 2.

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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.