Number of Fellowships Growing with ACGME Accreditations

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has now accredited 25 Addiction Medicine Fellowships, including a new program at Universidad Central del Caribe in Puerto Rico. This brings the total number of fellowships to 58, including those accredited by The Addiction Medicine Foundation (TAMF).

The ACGME’s Review Committee for Internal Medicine approved 11 accreditations at its meeting on Sept. 27-30. The Review Committee for Psychiatry had already approved 14 accreditations at its Aug. 18 meeting. Another 33 programs are accredited by TAMF, including 3 in Canada.

Graduates of ACGME and TAMF programs are equally eligible to take the Addiction Medicine certification examination through 2021. The TAMF programs in the U.S. are expected to apply for ACGME accreditation by then. In the interim, TAMF programs follow the same general requirements as the ACGME programs.

The latest ACGME accreditations include the first program in Puerto Rico. The Universidad Central del Caribe in Bayamon, PR, began work on its fellowship last winter, after sending a delegation to a meeting jointly sponsored by TAMF and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark.

Rutgers also now has a new fellowship. It was accredited in August, along with a third new fellowship, which is at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Because Addiction Medicine is a multispecialty subspecialty available to physicians from all primary specialties, fellowships may be based in various residency programs, including Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. ACGME will review additional accreditation applications from programs affiliated with Family Medicine residencies later in October, and applications will continue to be processed on an ongoing basis thereafter.

Most addiction medicine fellowships are currently accepting applications from candidates who have completed a residency accredited by ACGME or Canadian equivalent.

The full list of addiction medicine fellowships is at: https://www.addictionmedicinefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Directory-of-Fellowships-2018-19-9-28-18.pdf

The list of programs accredited by ACGME is at: https://apps.acgme.org/ads/Public/Reports/ReportRun?ReportId=1&CurrentYear=2018&SpecialtyCode=404&IncludePreAccreditation=false