Addiction psychiatry achieved formal recognition as a subspecialty this year with the American Board of Medical Specialists approval of a certification process, including fellowships and an examination for added qualifications in addiction psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. The first examination for subspecialty certification will occur in April 1993. Psychiatry is taking a leading role in recognizing the growing complexity of addiction medicine. Recently, the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Committee on Alcoholism and Addictions published a position report describing the role of the psychiatrist in the evaluation and treatment of patients with substance use disorders.1 In addition, there is growing support for other medical specialties to develop American Board of Medical Specialists credentials in addiction medicine. Guidelines for postgraduate training in addiction medicine have been developed, and in 1991, there were 48 postresidency addiction fellowship programs, with 161 graduates and 122 fellows in training.
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