Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment

26 Total Credits Due on an ANNUAL Basis

A. Self-Assessment Activities: 9 CME credits every year

Each Diplomate is required to complete nine credits of Self-Assessment Activities.

This is completed by selecting ABAM-approved articles that are most clinically relevant to their practice.  The list of articles and links to them can be found on the Tmoc web portal.

A score of 75% or higher must be attained on the self-assessment for each article in order to pass that article.

Diplomates may select and complete more than the required number of articles, and receive an additional Category 1 CME credit for each article after the required number is completed. This credit can be applied to the 26 CME hours outlined in B, below.

B. Continuing Medical Education (CME): 9 CME credits every year

Beginning in 2015, each Diplomate is required to complete nine AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ in addiction medicine every two years.

NOTE: CME credits are NOT automatically added to your Tracker upon completion; you must manually enter them. The link below outlines how to add both ABAM-Approved CME Credits and Self-Reported CME Credits to your Diplomate Portal Tracker.

Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment Handbook

Nine of the 26 CME must come from ABAM-approved activities.  The other CME credits can be self-reported as long as the activity is related to addiction medicine and is Category 1.  In this manner, CME credits accrued for the Tmoc program of one’s primary board may be used to meet this requirement.  These CME activities and credits are in addition to the Self-Assessment Activities described above.

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.