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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to achieve ABMS recognition?

This will depend on how soon the ABAM Foundation can successfully establish ACGME-accredited training programs, and how soon ABAM can meet the other ABMS requirements for the establishment of a certification program according to its requirements (see Appendix C). Since its incorporation in 2007, the ABAM Board has met each of its planned strategic objectives on the path to ABMS recognition. Yet, it would not be prudent to estimate the time when ABMS will bestow formal recognition upon addiction medicine.

Although one of ABAM’s most important goals is ABMS recognition, ABAM’s and the ABAM Foundation‟s energies are fully directed at the primary missions of certifying and training physicians to
meet patients’, families’ and communities’ needs for addiction prevention and treatment. As long as ABAM and The ABAM Foundation are steadfast in their course, there is no doubt that, concerning ABMS recognition, addiction medicine‟s time will come.

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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.