Addiction Medicine as a Medical Specialty ASAM MISSION Increase access to and improve the quality of addictions treatment. Educate physicians, medical and osteopathic students and the public. Promote research and prevention, and
unless addiction medicine is an ABMS
board certified medical specialty.
Examining Boards in Medical Specialties(Twelfth Revision, November 2005)
Essentials: “Criteria for Recommending
Approval of New ABMS Certifying Boards.”
(The material in parentheses indicates how
addiction medicine meets the Essentials.)
(Principles of Addiction Medicine [3rd ed.]
demonstrates the basic and clinical science
of the field.)
(The ABMS has not yet recognized a
specialty board in addiction medicine. A
subspecialty certificate was approved in
addiction psychiatry in 1991. 1,895 have
been certified as of 2005.)
(Training in addiction medicine crosses
several specialties; it cannot be subsumed
into training for any existing specialty.)
(The ASAM credentialing program includes
education, practice and written examination
requirements for certification and
establish standards for training. Have
training programs accredited by the ACGME
or present a plan for establishing training.
(Training standards exist in The ASAM
Guidelines for Fellowship Training
Programs. These require revision. ACGME
training does not exist. A plan can be
prepared for establishing training )
Members. Membership in other societies.
internists, family physicians, emergency
physicians, pediatricians, etc.
Content of Addiction Medicine (update
required), and in Principles (3rd ed.).
described in the requirements for ASAM