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Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:27 am
by Bruni
quote:
Originally posted by fishdoc

...the American Board of Preventative Medicine will begin
testing no earlier than 2017.


I went to reread the requirements and found the same information. You can enter your name and email on the Prev Med Board website to be updated about ABAM exams and requirements when they decide and publish them.

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:27 am
by drpasser
Great comment and advice, fish doc.

I did not attend a review course, but read the definitive text book. It took me a year. The exam was reasonable, fair and multiple choice. Those standardized tests are tough to ace but not too tough to preclude passing.

Plus-I'm a Passer (c;}

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:27 am
by fishdoc
Having reread the new "Final Rule in the Federal Register,
I misunderstood that that there are 2 pathways
to the increased limit of 275 patients.
One for physicians who have the "Additional Credentialing"
which "means board certification in addiction medicine or
addiction psychiatry by the American
Board of Addiction Medicine or the American Board of Medical
Specialties or certification by the American Osteopathic
Academy of Addiction Medicine, the American Board of Addiction
Medicine, or the American Society of Addiction Medicine."
(ABAM is included twice in the Federal Register)

The other pathway includes physicians NOT included in the
first pathway but who practice at "A qualified practice
setting." This pathway includes the use health information
technology and the ABILITY to accept third party payments.
These physicians need not be board certified.

At the present time certification is not possible.
The American Board of Addiction Medicine has ceased testing
and the American Board of Preventative Medicine will begin
testing no earlier than 2017. Fellowship probably will not be
required for the next 5 years. I would recommend attending the
ASAM and or CSAM review courses and studying "The ASAM Principles
of Addiction Medicine."

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:27 am
by drpasser
Wanna start another thread on becoming boarded? Sounds like a cool idea for a topic c excellent timing!
Best,
Kevin

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:27 am
by Bruni
quote:
Originally posted by robertsonjon

How does one become certified in addiction medicine without taking a 2 year vacation?



Check out the ABAM/ASAM sites for details.
For a while at least one can still take
the board exam without formal fellowship or
residency training (there are so few programs).
One must however certify that one has completed
(about) 2000 hours of practice time in treating
substance abuse and complete a certain
prerequisite CME credits (>200 hrs I think)
in the subject. ASAM sponsors review courses
focused on the board exam, I believe.
But don't trust me, go look it up.

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:27 am
by gordon2441
What does it take to become certified in addiction medicine? And how much does it cost?

Gordon

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:27 am
by robertsonjon
How does one become certified in addiction medicine without taking a 2 year vacation?

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:27 am
by rac1210
As I understand this bill it exempts board certified docs from having to accept third party ins, have electronic records, etc. I sounds like all this stuff is for qualified regional areas only. Correct me if I am wrong.

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:27 am
by peterorrin
Yes! One must be impressed with the amount of thought that went into the Final Rule. And I see they included just about every comment we questioners had, along with their responses.

Cheers,
Peter

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:27 am
by drpasser
Just become certified in addiction medicine. I did, 23 years after graduation from med school.
It is very possible.

I think the law strikes a delicate balance, as it tries to curtail the for only for profit folks from creating bupe mills, instead of pain pill mills.

There are some very mediocre (at best) practitioners out there. They cannot be allowed to expand past 100. They make us all look bad enough as it is.

We need to celebrate this. It has been a long time coming. Is it perfect? No. Is it an important improvement? Absolutely, IMO.

Best,
Kevin