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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Does ABAM have Transitional Maintenance of Certification (Tmoc) Program?

ABAM‟s Tmoc program is modeled on the ABMS Transitional Maintenance of Certification Program. ABAM‟s program assures that by engaging in continuous professional development all ABAM Diplomates maintain the practice-related knowledge to provide quality care, and to give the public confidence that ABAM certified physicians maintain high standards of clinical care. The four parts of the ABAM Tmoc program will be phased in over the next two years, as follows:

Licensure and Professional Standing (enacted in April 2011) requires annual verification that Diplomates hold valid, unrestricted medical licenses.

Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (to be launched in 2012): This will include CME self-assessment activities and reading selected articles in the field of addiction medicine.

Cognitive Expertise Recertification (currently in place): Every 10 years Diplomates must pass a proctored 250-item examination developed by the ABAM Examination Committee with the assistance and guidance of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NMBE).

Practice Performance Assessment (launch date to be determined): Diplomates will demonstrate the use of best evidence and practices compared to peers and national benchmarks.

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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.