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. Beginning in May 2025, ABAM will offer all ABAM Diplomates in good standing the opportunity to apply for an ABAM Lifetime certificate. 

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Navigating the Education Portal

ABAM Time-Limited Diplomates are required to complete 26 AMA PRA Category I Credits between July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024 which may come from a combination of any addiction medicine CME activity, including Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs), ABAM-Recommended Educational Activities or Self-Reported CME. Use the 'How To' Handbook to learn how to navigate the portal to access CME activities and steps to self-report.

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ABAM Certification Maintenance Timeline

The deadline for payment of the annual fee, medical license verification, as well as CME requirements for Time-Limited Diplomates was June 30. All Diplomates who completed the 2023 renewal process are in good standing through June 30, 2024. Need an updated certificate to reflect this? Click here to order one. Contact [email protected] | 301.656.3880 with any questions. 

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