Significantly, several years ago, the credentialing committee of ABAM noted that at least 20% of the average internist's time is spent caring for a patient with addiction or its complications.
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Creation of the ABAM was driven by the need for better recognition within medicine.
The ABAM plans to establish addiction medicine residency programs and get them recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Stuart Git-low, acting president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the professional organization for addiction medicine specialists, which established ABAM in 2007.
Under the ABAM accreditation, the addiction medicine training should have four components: training in inpatient settings; training in outpatient settings such as residential programs; program-specific training depending on the region and nearby facilities; and electives, which are based on the physicians' backgrounds.
The approval by ABAM
for the Addiction Medicine Associates' one-year training program coincides with ABAM
's announcement of a landmark approval for ten nationally accredited addiction medicine residency programs for physicians.
Immediate Past President, American Society of Addiction Medicine, past Co-Chair of the ASAM Medical Specialty Action Group, past Chair of the ASAM Public Policy Committee, and Director of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the ABAM
president-elect and professor of medicine and social and behavioral sciences, and chief of the section of general internal medicine, Boston University, said in a written statement.
Miller, a past president of ASAM and current director of the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM
) and The ABAM
Foundation, "Med-Sci is the largest and most comprehensive continuing medical education conference in addiction and draws attendees from all over the world.
A medical board such as ABAM
has a separate and distinct purpose and mission: to promote and improve the quality of medical care through establishing and maintaining standards and procedures for credentialing and re-credentialing medical specialists.
has certified its first diplomates, is in the process of establishing residency programs, for which it will seek accreditation, and will soon seek recognition from the American Board of Medical Specialties.