Becoming Certified – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The American Board of Addiction Medicine, Inc. (ABAM) is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(6) organization whose mission is to examine and certify diplomats. Founded in 2007, ABAM offers a rigorous certifying examination that was developed by an expert panel and the National Board of Medical Examiners, as well as a transitional maintenance of certification examination to ensure that ABAM-certified physicians maintain life-long competence in Addiction Medicine. ABAM Certification represents the highest standard in Addiction Medicine. It means that an ABAM-certified physician has demonstrated sound clinical judgment and skills essential for the delivery of excellent patient care. It also indicates that a physician has met the clinical and educational criteria to be eligible to sit and has passed a rigorous six hour written examination. To maintain certification, physicians must continue to participate in CME courses and other activities, and must periodically retake an examination to document that knowledge and skills are up-to-date.
Currently, more than 3,000 physicians are certified in Addiction Medicine by ABAM.
Go to www.abam.net and enter the physician’s last name in the “Physician Verification” field in the upper right hand corner of the page. Click “submit” and click on the “View Info” next to the name of the physician you would like to verify.
Just write to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a $50 charge for an additional certificate or for replacement of your certificate. It will take approximately 4-6 weeks for the calligraphy to be done and for you to receive your certificate.
The designation is Diplomate, ABAM. [here].