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Distinguish Yourself as Board Certified in Addiction Medicine

Official Designation for ABAM Diplomate Status

Physicians awarded board certification through ABAM are required to use the following official language when designating their status as a Diplomate: “Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine” or “DABAM.”

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Highlight Your Board Certification in Addiction Medicine

Earning certification from the American Board of Addiction Medicine represents a significant professional achievement, and a commendable dedication to patients and their families through your commitment to the prevention – and treatment – of addiction and substance use disorders.

You’ve worked hard to earn board certification in addiction medicine. You should proudly “Distinguish Yourself” as a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine when:

Writing articles for publication in medical journals, newsletters and publications;

Making presentations during medical conferences and conventions;

Submitting your information for listing in professional and membership directories;

Promoting your experience and your practice on your website, in advertisements and in literature and information provided to your current patients and when marketing to prospective patients;

Updating or submitting your curriculum vitae for consideration as a medical expert, new position or medical or board acceptance;

Signing your name to professional and medical correspondence;

Indicating how your name should be listed or published as an author, presenter, board or committee member, panelist, graduate or member;

Ordering your professional letterhead and business cards; and/or

Updating your Medical Licensing Board Profile and/or group practice listings.

You worked hard to earn your board credentials, so by all means, promote your accomplishment at every opportunity and have your ABAM Diplomate status pay off for you professionally and highlight the important difference you are making in the lives of patients and their loved ones.


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.