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Thank you for your interest in gaining certification in Addiction Medicine (ADM).

This page will be updated whenever new information is available.

  1. In March, 2016 the American Board of Medical Specialties announced recognition of ADM as a multispecialty subspecialty. With this formal recognition, ABAM will no longer offer the ADM certification exam, which will now be administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM).

  2. On November 30, 2016 ABPM announced that the Addiction Medicine Subspecialty Certification Examination will be administered in 2017.  The exam date  and eligibility requirements can be found at the ABPM website:

  3. To register your interest in the next ADM exam, please go to the ABPM home page ( and click on the tab “Become Certified”.  Under  the heading ” Subspecialties” click on   “Addiction Medicine”

  4. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) offers multiple ADM educational resources and CME, as well as certification exam preparation courses and products. You may review these resources at

  5. Emails and calls to ABPM or ABAM about certification in Addiction Medicine will be referred to this or the ABPM web site.

  6. ABAM DIPLOMATES: If you are an ABAM Diplomate and applying for the ABMS level ADM Certification through ABPM, the following must be completed or your application will be delayed: Pay your MOC Fee and add your medical license information. You will have until Dec. 15 to complete your SAMs and additional CME activities. 


ABAM offers a 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.