About Us

Our Mission

To improve the well-being of patients, families and the public health of communities by promoting excellence in addiction medicine fellowship training and education to current and future generations of physicians in the practice, research, prevention and treatment of substance related conditions and complications, including addiction.

Our Goals

  • To develop a sufficient number of high quality, sustainable, accredited addiction medicine training programs which will produce a physician workforce of clinical experts, faculty, researchers and change agents.
  • To ensure funding, recruitment, and national curriculum standards for ADM fellowships.
  • To foster the advancement of physician training and patient care in Substance Use Disorders by connecting and convening fellowship directors and other academic addiction medicine leaders.
  • To serve as a resource for medical students, residents and other physicians interested in a career in the challenging and rewarding specialty of addiction medicine.

Our History

The American College of Academic Addiction Medicine (ACAAM) began as the American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation in 2007; was renamed The Addiction Medicine Foundation (TAMF) in 2015; and became ACAAM on January 1, 2019.  The first decade of our activity was focused on establishing the nation’s first accredited addiction medicine fellowships and bringing the specialty of addiction medicine into the “House of Medicine” by gaining membership in the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and recognition by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  TAMF also supported the American Board of Addiction Medicine in its work of setting standards, examining, and advancing a continuous certification program for over 4,000 physicians in the field of addiction medicine.  In 2017, two landmark events brought our field into mainstream medicine and health care:  the addiction medicine examination transitioned to the ABMS member board, the American Board of Preventive Medicine (now the sole entity examining and certifying addiction medicine physicians) and ACGME began the first accreditations of addiction medicine fellowships.  By January, 2019 over 60 fellowships had been established.  Additional fellowships are being accredited and a listing of the current programs can be found here.  The minimal number of ACGME fellowships needed to meet the projected need for addiction medicine physicians is 125. ACAAM and its supporting organizations intend to meet or exceed this objective.

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