|Initial Certification in Addiction Psychiatry|
The purpose of the ABPN’s initial certification examinations is to test the qualifications of candidates in addiction psychiatry. Addiction psychiatry entails focusing on evaluation and treatment of individuals with alcohol, drug, or other substance-related disorders, and of individuals with dual diagnosis of substance-related and other psychiatric disorders.
New Certification Information
A. History and Statement of Principles
The ABPN, in concurrence with the ABMS, established a Committee on Certification of Added Qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry in October 1991. This was done to officially establish the field of addiction psychiatry as a definite area of subspecialization in psychiatry and to provide a means of identifying properly trained and experienced addiction psychiatrists.
The actual mechanics of certification of qualified candidates have been delegated by the Board to the Committee, which operates under the supervision of and in accordance with the policies of the Board.
In February 1997, the Board, in agreement with the ABMS, discontinued using the term “Added Qualifications” for this certificate. The names of both the certificate and the Committee were changed at that time to “Certification in the Subspecialty of Addiction Psychiatry.”
B. Specific Training Requirements
Please Note: This is a brief summary of training requirements and not intended to be all inclusive. Read the current Information for Applicants publication for all requirements for Initial Certification in Addiction Psychiatry.
Applicants for certification in addiction psychiatry must be certified by the Board in general psychiatry by December 31 of the year prior to the examination. All applicants other than those initially admitted during the “grandfathering period” are required to submit documentation of successful completion of one year of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited fellowship training in addiction psychiatry that did not begin before the time general residency training in psychiatry, including time spent in combined training programs, was completed. The exposure to addiction psychiatry given to psychiatry residents as part of their basic psychiatry curriculum does not count toward the one year of training. All licensing and training requirements must be met by July 31 of the year of the examination.
The required one year of specialized training in addiction psychiatry may be completed on a part-time basis as long as it is not less than half time; credit is not given for periods of training lasting less than one year except under special circumstances that must be approved by the ABPN Credentials Committee. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide detailed documentation from the respective training directors outlining training content, duties, and responsibilities. Each case is considered on an individual basis.
C. Examination Content
This 200-item, multiple-choice examination is administered by computer for four hours. Candidates are assessed in evaluation and consultation, pharmacotherapy, pharmacology of drugs, psychosocial treatment, and biological and behavioral basis of practice.