Last week, the Executive Committee of the AOA Board of Trustees passed a resolution providing physicians with a pathway to an AOA subspecialty certification in addiction medicine.
Recently, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) officially recognized addiction medicine as a subspecialty open to physicians certified by any of the 24 ABMS member boards.
The resolution calls for the AOA to create a mechanism allowing DOs with an active primary AOA board certification and American Board of Addiction Medicine certification to be granted subspecialty certification in addiction medicine. DOs will be required to maintain such certification through the AOA’s addiction medicine osteopathic continuous certification process.
“With the exponential increase of substance misuse and addiction, expanding the expert workforce needed to wrestle the challenge is paramount,” said William Morrone, DO, the president of the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM), in a statement.