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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Will the Addiction Medicine Residencies be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)?

The nine residencies opening on July 1, 2011 have training modeled after the ACGME criteria. ACGME is the educational standard of post-graduate medical training in the U.S., and addiction medicine intends to meet the ACGME standards of excellence. At some point, the ABAM Foundation will approach ACGME to seek accreditation for the addiction medicine residencies.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) awarded a two-year grant to the State University of New York at Buffalo to:

  • Establish a “National Addiction Medicine Residency Assistance Council” (NAMRAC) that will develop “Standards of Excellence” for physician training;
  • Identify up to ten (10) addiction medicine “Model Residency Programs,” and provide their faculty and staff with technical and financial assistance needed to create a successful application to the ACGME; and
  • Disseminate curricula and related products and recruit new members to NAMRAC, so that it can serve as an ongoing resource for development of additional addiction medicine residency programs.

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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.