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ABAM Certification Examination Blueprint

This blueprint is intended to provide certification examination applicants with a general overview of what is covered on the ABAM examination. The different areas outlined are not weighted equally. More common or serious issues will be represented more heavily on the ABAM examination. The same is also true for the different substances and specialties listed.

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.