Fellowship Resource Center
The American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation (Addiction Medicine Foundation) is committed to building a sufficient workforce of physicians trained to address the prevention, treatment and management of addiction in medical practice. To do this we must build and maintain accredited fellowship training programs. To date we have 40 accredited programs and expect to have approximately 65 by 2020, and 125 by 2025. We plan to expand and support these programs working toward the creation of an addiction medicine fellowship training program or department at every accredited medical school in the country.
On March 14th of 2016, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) announced the recognition of addiction medicine as a new subspecialty, thus bringing the prevention or risky substance use and treatment and management of addiction in mainstream American medicine. Training and certification in this new subspecialty is open to physicians across all primary care and other medical fields. The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM), a member board of ABMS, sponsored the application for this subspecialty. ABMS and its 24 member medical boards are the certifying entities for all physicians (MDs, as well as many DOs) practicing in the U.S. In December of 2015, ABPM sent an application to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the formal accrediting body for graduate medical education, requesting that addiction medicine fellowship training programs be eligible for ACGME accreditation. ACGME accreditation is the single standard for physician training programs in America. The request was approved in February of 2016; the accreditation process has begun and the first addiction medicine fellowship programs are expected to be so accredited by late 2017 or early 2018. It is essential that all ADM fellowships transition to ACGME accreditation and The Addiction Medicine Foundation will be providing support to ADM fellowships in this process.
The combination of ABMS recognition with physician certification, and ACGME accreditation of training will bring addiction medicine into mainstream American medicine and health care, helping to assure that the more than 40 million individuals in need of treatment for addiction and the more than 80 million in need of prevention and early intervention receive the science-based care they desperately need.
This Resource Center is designed to provide needed information and support to current and prospective Addiction Medicine Fellowship program representatives and fellows. It has been made possible by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and is a collaborative project between The Addiction Medicine Foundation and the Addiction Medicine Fellowship programs. This Center is a work in progress designed to continually evolve to meet the needs of users. We invite you to send us comments and suggestions for improvement, including new content and additional features. To send comments/suggestions, please email us at TAMF_Fellowships@addictionmedicinefoundation.org
Below are the major sections detailed within this Resource Center: