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Addiction Medicine Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Pharmacology
  • Genetics, Dysmorphology, and Metabolic Disorders
  • Pharmacokinetics and Dynamics
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Co-Ocurring Disorders
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethics, Legal and Liability
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Management
  • Neurobiology of Addiction
  • Overview of Treatment
  • Pain and Addiction
  • Prevention
  • Screening and Brief Intervention
  • Smoking and Tobacco

About the Addiction Medicine Certification Exam

Beginning in 2017, Addiction Medicine certification exams will be administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

What is covered on the Addiction Medicine Certification Exam?

According to the ABPM Addiction Medicine Content outline, the following topics are on the exam:

Core Content Areas

  • 25%
    • Definitions
    • Genetics
    • Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Principles
    • Pharmacology
    • Neurobiology of Addiction
  • 20%
    • Epidemiological Concepts
    • Epidemiological Trends of Substance Use Disorders
    • Prevention
  • 40%
    • Screening, Assessment, and Brief Intervention
    • Overview of Addiction Treatment
    • Management of Inpatient and Outpatient Intoxication and Withdrawal
    • Pharmacologic Interventions for Addictions
    • Behavioral Interventions
    • Co-Occurring and Medical Disorders among Patients with Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Addiction
    • Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders among Patients with Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Addiction
    • Pain and Addiction
  • 15%
    • Ethical, Legal and Liability Issues in Addiction Practice

Addiction Medicine Questions Tips and Tricks

In general the feedback on the exam is that this is not just about clinical practice. The exam has significant elements that deal with process, statistical analysis, and ethical and legal concerns. 15% of the exam is dedicated to ethics, which makes sense for an addiction exam, but is considerably more than most boards. 20% of the exam deals with epidemiological questions and prevention, while 40% of the exam is more of the traditional clinical topics (such as screening and assessment). The remaining 25% is more of a ‘memorization section’ that includes definitions, genetics, pharmacology, and neurobiology.

The best performers on the exam have 1) read the blueprint so that they’re aware of the unique nature of the exam 2) have read textbooks (specifically Principles of Addiction Medicine) and 3) have done many practice questions. There is a correlation between the number of practice questions taken and performance on most board exams, so learning how to take the exam in a timed environment is key.

Our Addiction question bank is specifically targeted to the exam topics and serve as a great review. Even if you mark the question correctly, reviewing the explanation is a good way to discover additional context around the questions. We have worked to create detailed explanations that explain the rationales, and occasionally how to approach the problem.

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