Part I: Licensure and Professionalism

Diplomates must possess a valid, full and unrestricted medical license in the United States, its territories or Canada. If a physician holds one or more additional licenses, each must be valid, full, unrestricted, and unqualified. An unrestricted medical license is a license to practice medicine that has been issued by an appropriate and authorized licensing board and contains no restrictions on the physician’s privilege to practice professionally.

Evidence of licensure is verified by ABAM through the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) on an annual basis.

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.