First ACGME Accreditations

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has approved the first 14 Addiction Medicine fellowships to operate under ACGME accreditation.

The fellowships, located in 14 different states, represent a national cross-section, including the Northeast, West, Midwest and South. Twelve were previously accredited by TAMF, including 3 that were among the first TAMF programs that started in 2011, while 2 are new fellowships. This brings the combined total of fellowships accredited by TAMF or ACGME to 57.

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. The first 14 ACGME fellowships are affiliated with psychiatry residencies. ACGME will review additional accreditation applications from programs affiliated with Internal Medicine in late September and Family Medicine in October, and applications will continue to be processed on an ongoing basis thereafter.

Through 2021, fellows who complete either TAMF- or ACGME-accredited programs are eligible to take the Addiction Medicine certification exam administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. After that, completion of an ACGME program will be required, and all TAMF-accredited programs are expected to apply for ACGME accreditation by then.

In the interim, TAMF-accredited fellowships will continue to follow the same general requirements as the ACGME programs. Both are also equal members of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Directors Association.