Science, Skill, and Compassion

Quality Healthcare, Public Trust, and Setting the Standards in Addiction Medicine:

The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) provides assurance to the American public that addiction medicine physicians have the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and treat addiction. Founded in 2007, ABAM was the nation's first medical specialty board that certified addiction medicine physicians across a range of medical specialties. The board set standards for physician education, assessed physicians' knowledge, and continues to require and track life-long education.

In October 2015, the American Board of Medical Specialties formally recognized addiction medicine as a multi-specialty subspecialty. Certification examinations in addiction medicine are now administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and the American Osteopathic Association. ABAM will remain a resource for its Diplomates and the public through the end of the American Board of Preventive Medicine’s Practice Pathway, currently scheduled to conclude in 2025 at which time up-to-date ABAM Diplomates will be eligible to apply for a Time-Unlimited, Lifetime credential.


Navigating the New MOC & Education Portal

ABAM Time-Limited Diplomates are required to complete 26 AMA PRA Category I CreditsTM by June 30, 2022 which may come from a combination of a minimum of 9 SAM credits and 17 additional CME credits. Use the 'How To' Handbook to learn how to navigate the portal to access the required SAMs.

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ABAM TraCC Requirement Timeline

The timeline to complete TraCC requirements of payment and license verification, as well as MOC and CME requirements for Time-Limited Diplomates has shifted to a July 1 - June 30 cycle. For 2021 only, we extended the payment deadline to August 31. Time-Limited Diplomates have an additional 6 months this first cycle to complete TraCC Part II (CME requirements) shifting from a December 15 deadline to June 30, 2022.

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