Medical organization offers board certification in addiction medicine

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American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Certifying Board Services recently began offering a clinical pathway to AOA board certification in addiction medicine.

The goal is to increase the number of certified addiction specialists in the United States.

“Many communities across the country are reeling from the double blows of the opioid epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic,” AOA President Thomas Ely said. “Increasing the pool of physicians who are certified in addiction medicine is necessary to provide greater access to high-quality treatment among patients with substance use disorders.”

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine who are AOA or American Board of Medical Specialties board-certified in a primary specialty are eligible for certification.

Physicians must have spent a minimum of 1,000 practice hours over a two-year period on addiction medicine. The years do not need to be continuous, but must be in the five-year period prior to application.

A minimum of half of the practice hours must have been devoted to direct patient care.

An AOA Addiction Medicine certification exam will be held Dec. 7-13. The clinical pathway will be available for three years following this exam.

When the three-year period is over, physicians must complete an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited addiction-medicine fellowship to qualify for the certification.

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