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Applying for the 2020 Addiction Medicine Board Exam

As you may know, there is still the option to apply to sit for the addiction medicine board exam through the American Board of Preventive Medicine (APBM) via the practice pathway without completing a formal fellowship. Many medical toxicologists have successfully obtained certification through this pathway and it is open through 2021. It is likely this date will be extended; however, no announcement has been made. The date for applications opened on March 16. One must maintain a primary board certification and an active, unrestricted medical license to apply.

Important Dates:

March 16 - Application opened for 2020 exam
May 26 - Registration and payment submission opens
June 30 - Practice time is counted through this date
June 30 - Application closes
July 31 - Documentation deadline
September 18 - Last day to register for 2020 certification exam
October 12-November 1 - Exam administration


The ACMT Addiction Medicine Committee would like to assist any members who are interested in taking the exam.

The process can be confusing, particularly completing the application through the APBM. We have gathered several documents to help make the procedure easier, including real examples of sections included in the practice portion of the application, different types of practice activities that can be considered, study materials, courses, and other useful information.

Supporting documents include the following (click the links to access the document).

Many members who are boarded in medical toxicology and addiction medicine are available to assist with the application process and write a letter of recommendation. A list of those members is available here.

If you have further questions regarding the application or any requests that you get from APBM, please contact

Visit ABPM Board Certification webpage for more information:

ABAM Diplomate Pathway (those with ABAM certification)

In March 2016, the American Board of Medical Subspecialties (ABMS) announced recognition of addiction medicine as a new subspecialty under the ABPM.

ABAM is now the Addiction Medicine Foundation. Those who are ABAM certified, have an active, unrestricted medical license, maintain a primary specialty board certification and have successfully participated in the ABAM transitional continuous certification Program (TRaCC) may apply to take the exam, but this pathway will expire in 2021.

For those who received ABAM certification or recertification in 2015, the exam requirement MAY be waived. Please see the APBM website for further information.