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Board announces growth in number of certified addiction medicine specialists

February 2, 2015
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The ranks of accredited addiction medicine training programs and certified addiction medicine specialists continue to grow significantly. New results released last month by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) show that there are now 3,363 ABAM-certified physicians, as well as 27 training programs accredited by the ABAM Foundation.

“With so many physicians passing our rigorous examination, and so many completing this comprehensive clinical training, we are helping make evidence-based addiction prevention and treatment more readily available to those who need it,” ABAM president Patrick G. O'Connor, MD, said in a Jan. 28 news release.

The ABAM Foundation is seeking to accredit 65 addiction medicine fellowship programs by 2020. The four newest programs to be accredited are the University of Kentucky Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program, Caron-Reading Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program in Pennsylvania, Oregon Health & Science University Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and Rhode Island Hospital Addiction Medicine Fellowship. The fellowship programs offer primary care and specialist physicians one- and two-year subspecialty training in addictions.

ABAM stated that the latest group of 651 physicians to pass its certification exam represent 40 medical specialties and subspecialists, making this its most diverse class ever. These nationally coordinated efforts are seen as elevating addiction treatment's status in the realm of general medical care.   

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