Becoming Certified in Addiction Medicine through ABPM (1.5 CME)

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Starting in the spring of 2017, the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) began offering physicians who are certified by a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) the opportunity to apply and become certified in the subspecialty of Addiction Medicine. Michael Weaver, MD, DFASAM, Addiction Medicine Subboard Chair, and Chris Ondrula, JD, Executive Director of ABPM, will review the requirements and various pathways, i.e., Practice Pathway and Fellowship, available for physicians to apply for eligibility to sit for the Addiction Medicine subspecialty exam. This includes a streamlined process for application for those who are already certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Information on the timeline for the 2019 application cycle, dates for the examination period, and fee schedule will also be made available.  Information will also be provided for attendees who are already certified in Addiction Medicine by ABPM about maintenance of certification (MOC). Ample time will be provided for questions from the attendees. For more information visit the ABPM booth in the exhibit hall or  

(1.5 CME) In this conference recording from the 2019 Annual Conference, you will learn:

Learning Objectives:

1.) Identify the different pathways to certification in Addiction Medicine through ABPM.
2.) Recognize requirements to be eligible for certification in Addiction Medicine through ABPM.
3.) Discuss requirements and available options for maintenance of certification (MOC) in Addiction Medicine through ABPM.

Michael F. Weaver


Dr. Michael Weaver is Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addiction at The University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston. He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine and a Clinical Research Fellowship in Addiction Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is involved in patient care, medical education, and research. Dr. Weaver has multiple publications in the field of addiction medicine. He treats patients at the Innovations Addiction Treatment Clinic at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, which provides medication-assisted treatment. He is the Sub-Board Chair for Addiction Medicine for the American Board of Preventive Medicine.  He is a member of the ASAM Publications Council and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Christopher Ondrula


Christopher Ondrula, JD is the Executive Director for the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM).  As Executive Director, Mr. Ondrula works with the ABPM Board of Directors to develop and operationalize overall ABPM strategic initiatives through the planning and coordination of projects designed to advance ABPM’s goals.  That work includes the creation and implementation of a key performance indicator report that contains operational metrics and outcome measures that quantify organizational productivity and provides a platform for improved operational performance.  Mr. Ondrula is also responsible for formulating policies and strategic plans intended to identify fertile areas for the ABPM’s continued growth within the House of Medicine.  Previously, Mr. Ondrula was the Strategic Business Affairs & Legal Advisor for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).  In that role, Mr. Ondrula planned, organized and coordinated projects supporting key ABMS organizational strategic objectives, focusing on ways to improve efficiency.  Mr. Ondrula’s responsibilities at ABMS also included the CertLink Initiative where, among other things, he was chiefly responsible for development of the economic model to assess its viability, as well as his collaborative work with the Ethics and Professional Committee, and strategic efforts in support of the ABMS Legislative Team.  Prior to joining ABMS in 2015, Mr. Ondrula served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director at Heartland Food Corporation which, at the time was the 2nd largest Burger King franchisee in the -World, and, before that he was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Spence Group Services.
Mr. Ondrula received his undergraduate degree in business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and received his Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law.  

ACCME Accredited with Commendation

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of XX AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABPM Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) has approved this activity for a maximum of XX LLSA credits towards ABPM MOC Part II requirements.

ABAM Transitional Maintenance of Certification (tMOC)

This course has been approved by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Physicians enrolled in the ABAM Transitional Maintenance of Certification Program (tMOC) can apply a maximum of XX AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for completing this course.

ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn XX Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


Session Recording
Open to view video.
Open to view video. This session was recorded on 4/6/19 in Orlando, FL
CME Quiz
3 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  2/3 points to pass
3 Questions  |  10 attempts  |  2/3 points to pass Complete the quiz to claim CME.
CME Evaluation
15 Questions
15 Questions Please complete the evaluation to claim CME.
CME Credit and Certificate
Up to 1.50 medical credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.50 medical credits available  |  Certificate available 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits