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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

In the Program Accreditation Application Form (PAAF), the instructions describe the Inpatient General Medical Facility rotation as a consultation service. Is it required that this be consultation, or could other types of inpatient experiences be offered?

There is some flexibility, but the requirement is that the resident must obtain 160 hours of experience involving the evaluation of inpatients (who are under the care of another physician for a primary medical, surgical, obstetrical or psychiatric condition) regarding a secondary problem related to substance abuse. For example, this experience could be through participating with a medical/psychiatric liaison service or a general medical consult service. Another way to accomplish this would be to have the addiction medicine resident “embedded” with a general medical or trauma surgery service in a general hospital, or in an inpatient service of a specialty hospital (such as a children‟s, women‟s, or psychiatric hospital).

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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.