Wednesday, March 18, 2009

American Society of Addiction Medicine, Certification Exam

I have some good news to share. Recently I, along with two other colleagues here learned that we passed an exam we took back in December. The exam was for The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) certification. Two of us were certified and one was re certified.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is the largest group of physician addiction specialists in the country and consists not only of psychiatrists but Internal Medicine physicians, Family Practice physicians and Anesthesiologists who are interested in advancing the field of addiction medicine. Certification does not imply clinical competence but means that the person has the education and knowledge base required to be an addiction specialist. The exam was very hard and I really had my doubts as to whether I would pass or not as this was not a psychiatric exam but a medical exam and covered areas that I don't necessarily deal with on a day to day basis. I was very pleased to know that I had passed as this exam required a great deal of study and preparation. If I had to retake the test at a later date I am not too sure that I could have gone through that study process again!

So, I am happy to share good news.

Thought for the day

"Do nothing from selfishness or conceit but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves".

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