About Us

Ensuring physicians are trained so patients and families have access to treatment for addictive disorders in all healthcare settings.

Strategic Goals

  • Expert physicians will be available to provide specialty treatment for those with severe and complicated disease.
  • Physicians are available to provide consultation to other physicians caring for patients and their families who suffer from addictive disorders and from their medical and psychiatric consequences.
  • Prevention, screening, and treatment will be integrated into graduate medical education and America’s health care system.

Immediate Objectives

  1. Create National Center for Physician Training in Addiction Medicine by Fall 2013.
  2. Achieve recognition of addiction medicine as a recognized specialty, and part of the mainstream of American medicine by 2018.
  3. Serve as a catalyst to secure sustaining support for sixty-five (65)  resident training programs by 2020, or 125 by 2025 .

goals will result in a permanent systemic change in graduate medical education and training, and lasting benefits for patients, families, physicians, medical schools, medical students and residents. It will increase health plan benefits, and qualify Addiction Medicine residencies to receive Medicare allocation funding.

The consequences of achieving our goals

Children, adolescents, adults and families will: receive care, including prevention, screening, intervention and treatment, on a par with the quality of treatment for other chronic diseases.

Physicians will: (1) be trained in prevention, screening, intervention and treatment for children, adolescents, adults and affected family members; (2) be members of the addiction treatment team of primary and specialty care providers (counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and others) and evaluate patients for the presence of addiction and medical and psychiatric disorders; (3) be available for expert consultation to team members, including physicians of all specialties in community and outpatient settings, emergency departments and clinics, medical centers and hospitals; and, (4) serve as advocates for public policies for patients and families.

Medical trainees (residents and students) will: (1) be able to pursue ACGME-accredited graduate medical training in Addiction Medicine, and, (2) be able to take elective rotations in Addiction Medicine during their residency or during their clinical rotations in medical school.

Medical schools will: (1) include didactic and clinical educational content to teach medical students to screen for, recognize and develop treatment plans for patients with substance use disorders; (2) have academic departments of Addiction Medicine and faculty for undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education, and, (3) prepare students for USMLE examination questions on topics of substance use and addiction included in standardized tests, commensurate with the extent of substance use and addiction as a public health challenge in our nation.

Health plans will: (1) be able to identify physicians who are certified in Addiction Medicine by a member board recognized by the ABMS, and, (2) be able to locate and recruit board-certified Addiction Medicine physicians to add to their provider networks.

Medicare funding will become available for Addiction Medicine residency programs.