CHEVY CHASE, Md., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- On December 7, 1996, ASAM held its most recent Addiction Medicine Certification Examination for physicians. ASAM is proud to honor those physicians who passed this year's exam at its Annual Awards Dinner in San Diego, April 19, 1997. The ASAM Certification, established in 1985 as part of ASAM's medical mission, was the first nationally recognized credential in the field of addiction medicine. Since the first examination offering in 1986, ASAM has certified 2,939 physicians, including many of the nation's top alcoholism and substance abuse treatment professionals. 1997-1998 Certification Examination Cycle: ASAM offers the Certification Examination once every two years in November or December. Applicants must meet stringent criteria before being accepted to sit for the examination. Applications will be accepted beginning in August 1997 through April 1998. The next examination will be held November 21, 1998. For information or to receive an application, please contact the ASAM Credentialing Department with your request by fax (301-656-3815) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Early Registration Deadline (for lowest fee): October 3l, 1997. Publications: ASAM publishes several addiction publications vital to addiction treatment professionals including Principles of Addiction Medicine, the authoritative reference on addiction treatment; the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria second edition (PPC-2) for the treatment of substance-related disorders; and will soon publish the hypertext version of the PPC-2 text. Membership: ASAM membership is open to all physicians and medical students regardless of specialty. Members are entitled to discounts on all ASAM publications, conferences, and certification. Members also receive the quarterly Journal of Addictive Diseases, and a bi-monthly newsletter ASAM News containing the latest in Addiction Medicine news. ASAM is an international medical specialty society founded in 1954 with a membership comprised of 3,300 physicians representing all areas of medicine who are concerned about alcoholism, nicotine and other drug dependencies. ASAM members are engaged in treatment, research and education on these diseases. For more information on ASAM, please contact ASAM's office or visit ASAM's Web page at http://members.aol.com/asamoffice.
SOURCE American Society of Addiction Medicine