New ACGME-Accredited Addiction Medicine Fellowship Programs and Their Impact on the Field

  • Masaru Nishiaoki
  • Donald McNallyEmail author
  • Ramzi Mardam Bey
  • Albert J. Arias
Substance Use Disorders (FG Moeller, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Substance Use Disorders
  2. Topical Collection on Substance Use Disorders



With the recognition of addiction medicine as a medical subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in 2016, fellowship training programs for physicians have sprung up across the country at a rapid pace. As of this writing, 70 such fellowship programs exist (including in Canada and Puerto Rico), with most accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or in the process of accreditation. This review explores the significant changes that have occurred already due to these training programs and the potential future implications for the field of addiction medicine.

Recent Findings

Little published information is available on the impact of fellowship-trained addiction specialists on the field or on the treatment of addictions as the accreditation was a recent development.


While there is little published information about the impact that ACGME accreditation has had on the field, this article uses existing evidence to suggest areas that accreditation may impact.


Addiction medicine Addiction training Fellowship ACGME Addiction American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) 


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Conflict of Interest

Dr. McNally declares no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masaru Nishiaoki
    • 1
  • Donald McNally
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ramzi Mardam Bey
    • 3
  • Albert J. Arias
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Family and Community MedicineEastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkUSA
  2. 2.AmeriHealth Caritas New HampshireManchesterUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryVanderbilt University School of MedicineNashvilleUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychiatryVirginia Commonwealth University School of MedicineRichmondUSA

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