Part III: Cognitive Expertise

In year eight or 10 of the Tmoc cycle, Diplomates must pass the secure cognitive exam. This exam is conveniently administered at over 400 prometric testing centers.

Details regarding the 2016 Tmoc Part III  examination will be posted on this site when available.  It is anticipated that information and the application will be posted by March, 2016.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for the 2016 ABAM Tmoc Part III examination will be completed online. Therefore, there will be no applications mailed to Diplomates.  There is not a paper application for the 2016 examination, nor will paper applications be accepted.  Diplomates will receive an automatic email reply documenting receipt of their application by ABAM.

In March, 2016 Diplomates who are eligible to sit for the 2016 ABAM Tmoc Part III Examination should go to the ABAM website at, click on the “Maintenance of Certification” tab at the top of the page and follow the application instructions provided.

Applications Limited to Online Submittal Only

All Diplomates must submit an online application, as paper applications are not accepted for the 2016 examination. ABAM knows that information technology is part of the practice of medicine, with physicians using information technology to conduct their practices for accessing patient records, conducting online searches for medical information and engaging in CME activities. Information technology has the potential to contribute to the improvement of health care delivery in such areas as reducing medical errors and enhancing patient and clinician communication

Diplomate Responsibilities

It is the sole responsibility of Diplomates for the 2016 ABAM Tmoc Part III Examination to be aware of – and comply with – registration deadlines and application policies. In fairness to all candidates, the American Board of Addiction Medicine firmly adheres to the published deadlines for standard and late application for the 2016 examination.

Diplomates are responsible for reading the eligibility criteria for the 2016 ABAM Tmoc Part III Examination and verifying their eligibility prior to applying.  Eligibility criteria includes:

  1. Valid Medical License
  2. Up-to-date with Tmoc requirements Part I and payment of annual fee.  Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment requirements must be complete by December 15, 2015.

Completing the 2016 ABAM Tmoc Part III Examination Application

Diplomates applying to sit for the 2016 ABAM Tmoc Part III Examination are required to complete an online examination and submit the appropriate examination fee and required back-up documentation.

This includes those unsuccessful when sitting for the 2014 and/or 2015 ABAM examination, Diplomates taking the Tmoc Part III examination, new candidates for ABAM board certification or candidates who withdrew from the 2015 examination.

Only Tmoc Diplomates may complete the ABAM Tmoc Part III Examination applications. Applications completed and/or submitted by anyone other than the candidate are not valid, and will not be reviewed or considered. This includes, but is not limited to, assistants, family members, program or medical directors and professors.

All required fields (*) must be completed to apply to sit for the ABAM Board Certification Examination in Addiction Medicine. Applications without all required information will not be reviewed or considered.

Application Availability and SubmittalThe application for the 2016 Tmoc Part III Examination will be available online in March, 2016 at

All applications must be completed online and submitted via email. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Compliance With Application Deadlines

It is the sole responsibility of Diplomates for the 2016 ABAM  Tmoc Part III Examination to be aware of – and comply with – application deadlines. In fairness to all applicants, the American Board of Addiction Medicine firmly adheres to the published deadlines for standard and late examination application.


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.