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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

How many residents may train in a program?

No more than 1 for each .25 FTE faculty member who is an addiction medicine physician, including the program director (physician faculty must have ABAM certification or other qualifications acceptable to the ABAM Foundation Training and Accreditation Committee. For example, a program with 3 ADM physician faculty who are .25 FTE each, plus the program director, could have a maximum of 4 residents (all years combined). A full-time commitment is at least 1,400 hours per year (27 hours per week).

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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.