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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

If an institution is listed by the ACGME as a “Single Program Institution,” can it be the sponsoring institution for a program seeking ABAM Foundation accreditation?

ACGME-listed Single Program Institutions (i.e., those sponsoring only one current ACGME-accredited specialty training program or one program and its subspecialty program) are eligible to be considered as the sponsoring institution for an addiction medicine program. Such institutions are considered ACGME approved because they have been evaluated by the residency review committee for the single program they offer. Institutions wishing to sponsor more than one specialty program, however, must undergo a separate ACGME institutional review to be approved as a multiple-program institution. Programs applying for ABAM Foundation accreditation with a single-program sponsoring institution, therefore, may be asked for additional information as part of the ABAM Foundation accreditation review process. Also, such programs should be aware that before they can be considered for ACGME accreditation in the future, their sponsoring institution will have to first successfully complete an ACGME institutional review. For more information on Single Program Institutions, see ACGME Policies and Procedures.

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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.